Midrand is located in the Johannesburg metropolis in Gauteng and is part of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. Midrand is a thriving business hub and is home to huge factories as well as offices. It is also one of the fastest growing municipal areas in South Africa and is one of the eight tourism nodes in the Johannesburg area. Muslim visitors should be aware that they will be able to locate Muslim-friendly facilities like mosques and Halal food in Midrand.
There are several things that visitors can do and see in and around Midrand. In fact, Midrand shares numerous attractions with nearby Johannesburg. Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary in Midrand is a must-visit when with kids. The sanctuary is considered a boutique zoo and is home to a fabulous selection of birds and animals. Human and animal interaction is encouraged here, therefore giving visitors the unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with the animals. This child-friendly attraction will prove to be a fun day out with the whole family.
The Cango Caves, located about 29 kilometres from Oudtshoorn, in the Swartberg Mountains, is a must-visit wonder of the Klein Karoo. Considered as one of the world’s great natural wonders, the Congo Caves are Africa's largest show cave system. This cultural and natural landmark consists of hidden chambers in which are breathtaking limestone formations. The Congo Caves are also said to be South Africa's oldest tourist attraction. Visitors must take a guided tour while here to learn more about the history of the caves.
Tourists should also pay a visit to one of the ostrich show farms in the area. Here they will get to interact-feed, hug, ride and sit on ostriches, as well as learn more about them. There are also guided tours that visitors can take.
Located about 3 kilometres outside of Oudtshoorn is the Cango Wildlife Ranch, which is home to over 47 different species of animals and reptiles. The ranch is also home to a leading cheetah breeding project. The numerous walkways found here lead visitors to a variety of endangered animals, and must be explored. Visitors also get the changes to interact with abandoned baby cheetahs. It is a great way for visitors to learn more about hunted and endangered species while having fun. The ranch has a variety of fun activities and child-friendly zones and is therefore perfect for a fun day out with the family.
Oudtshoorn is also a great place for those looking to spend their vacation outdoors. The area is suitable for hiking, biking and caving, as well as other adventure activities. Visitors also have the opportunity to dive with crocodiles, interact with wild meerkats, and meet Africa’s Big Five. To see more of the spectacular surrounding area, visitors must also take a hot air balloon ride over Oudtshoorn.
George Airport is the closest airport to Oudtshoorn. This airport is located about 66 kilometres from the center of the town and has domestic flights. For international flights, tourists will have to use the services offered at Port Elizabeth International Airport, which is located approximately 369 kilometres away. Also offering International services is the Cape Town International Airport, which is located about 418 kilometres away.
Halaal Café is one Halal restaurant in Oudrshoorn at which Muslim tourists can dine. This restaurant specializes in Indian and contemporary cuisine and is said to have a menu that is entirely Halal. It is however best for Muslim tourists to double check regarding the Halal status of the food served here before dining. Muslim visitors could also dine at local vegetarian and seafood restaurants after making sure the dishes served do not contain any non-Halal items.
There is one known mosque in Oudtshoorn, namely the Oudtshoorn Jami Masjid, which is located on Church Street. Muslim tourists can also ask the locals for other mosques located in areas nearby or, they are advised to pray in their hotel room before setting out on any excursion, if possible.