Halaal (Halal) Food & Things to do along the Garden Route

Halaal Food in the Garden Route
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Planning a trip along the Garden Route in South Africa? (Halaal Food & Things to do)

Last updated: 12 December 2023

Planning your Garden Route itinerary can be very time consuming. To to save you some planning time Halaal Travels has compiled this ultimate guide to help you plan your own personal itinerary along the Garden Route. 

As muslim travellers one of the main things that we worry about is: Where can we find halaal food along the Garden Route? 

Where does it begin?

The Garden Route begins about four hours outside of Cape Town. It includes one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline. It boasts a coastline of approximately 300km (186 miles) between Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay. It is one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations.  

Garden Route Map


Best time to travel along the Garden Route

The best time to travel along the Garden Route is during the spring and summer months. The great weather and longer days allows for a wide array of activities that you can enjoy during your visit here.

Towns along the Garden Route:

Mossel Bay


Pinnacle Point Caves



Knysna is a quaint town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is located in the heart of the world famous Garden Route. This little seaside town lies between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains and the glittering Indian Ocean.

Halaal Food in Knysna

1. Shameera (Cooks food) Kynsna 083 564 2507 (Based on a suggestion from the Halaal Travels Instagram Community

2. Amazen foods (They keep marinated braai meat as well)

Contact: 083 782 1000

3. Knysna KFC is halaal (at the time of writing this article)

4. Zam Zam caterers

Contact: 083 564 2507


Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden is an easy circular walk set in the lush, green Knysna indigenous forest. This walk is about 1.3km long. If you have young kids and want to experience a walk in the forest then this is ideal. The entire pathway is a boardwalk making it pram friendly. This is a great place as a ‘pit stop’ to stretch your legs and have a picnic.

Location: About halfway between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, along the N2. 

Cost/Permit: There is a small office at the entrance where you can pay and obtain your permit. 

Contact number: 044 532 7793

Office hours: 8:00- 17:00

Circles in a forest (Kring in ‘n Bos)

This hike is a beautiful walk in the indegenous forest. Along the 9km trail you will pass a stream and end at a waterfall. This trail is rated as moderate. As there is a steep uphill at the end.

The 3km trail is rated as being easier and more child friendly. However, on this trail you will not see the waterfall or stream. 

Drupkelders Hiking Trail

This is a relatively short walk to the Homtini River. It is approximately 3,6km. However, it is reported that the hills and the descents on this hike are steep. Be sure to pack your swimming clothes and loads of snacks to enjoy by the river at the end of this hike. 

Featherbed Nature Reserve

This reserve is located on the Western Head of Knysna. It is a privately owned nature reserve. You can only access it via a ferry. This is part of the Featherbed Tour. You are taken across by a ferry, once on the reserve you then ride on a 4×4 to the top of the headland.

Plettenberg Bay

  • Garden route meals
    Contact: 082 927 71 69


  • Asma’s Kitchen, atlantic oil
    Contact: 084 777 7799
  • KFC Courtney Street and Garden Route Mall
  • Zainub’s kitchen
    Contact: 083 674 2287


  • Carmon takeaways, Jacobson st
  • Halaal butchers and takeaways, bridgton fisheries, Zibra rd
  • Halaal cafe, Voortrekker road
  • KFC Oudtshoorn
  • Mustangs, Voortrekker Road
  • Rokiyas takeaways, High Street
  • Tarek’s takeaways, St John St
  • Xenia convenience store, church St

P E Halaal Food

  • Grab. n. Grub
  • House of pizza Port Elizabeth
  • Gravity Cafe PE
  • Morro pizza
  • This is eat

Activities along the Garden Route

Another must-visit is the Featherbed Nature Reserve; which is on the Western Head of Knysna, and is only accessible by ferry as part of the Featherbed Tour. This reserve is privately owned and occupies 150 hectares of pristine paradise. After being taken across to the reserve by ferry, visitors are expected to ride 4×4’s to the top of the headland. From there visitors can walk through Milkwood Forests and then along a coastal track to the restaurant where they can have a fabulous lunch on the edge of the lagoon (this restaurant is not Halaal). Throughout the tour, visitors will be met with spectacular views that are more than worth a picture or two.

Tourists to Knysna can also take a scenic cruise across the lagoon on ferries which depart from the Waterfront or in front of Cruise Café restaurant. The ferries take cruisers across the estuary to the famous Heads. Those going on the cruise will be met with breathtaking views of the surrounding areas as well as the Eastern and Western Heads, Thesen Islands, Leisure Island and Featherbed Nature Reserve.

Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay are two beautiful Blue Flag beaches which must be on every visitor’s itinerary. Buffalo Bay, which is in a SANParks Reserve, is ideal for swimming as well as surfing.

Disclaimer: Please note that the establishments mentioned in this article were Halaal at the time of writing this article. Before you eat anywhere it is your duty to ensure that the restaurant/takeaway is Halaal certified.

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