There is no barrier to going on a luxury African safari if you have halal dietary requirements. Many of Mahlatini’s luxury safari destinations in Africa are continually taking great measures to cater for Muslim travellers. Staying in luxurious and upmarket properties will be able to cater for your needs the best. Luckily, Mahlatini specialise in luxury African travel and our experts have great, long-standing relationships with many of the top safari lodges across Southern and Eastern Africa. Here’s our guide to halal safaris in Africa:
How to plan a halal-friendly safari
The most important thing you can do is communicate your halal dietary requirements with your Mahlatini Travel Expert. It is crucial that you are totally open with your Travel Expert about what you cannot eat or how your food should be prepared because many halal foods may not be readily available where you are staying. Our luxury safari destinations are remote and many have to fly-in the produce they use. So, the more information you give in advance of your journey, the better we can prepare your property for your requirements. Our Travel Experts will also be able to recommend lodges and camps that offer the best halal-friendly safari experiences.
Our favourite halal-friendly safari lodges
There are a number of exclusive lodges that welcome Muslim travellers. Here’s a few of our favourite lodges that can serve halal food:
Nestled beautifully amongst hundreds of trees at the edge of the Sweni River is Singita Sweni Lodge. Set within a 33,000 acre, private concession in the Kruger National Park, you are likely to spot a great variety of wildlife including elephant, leopard, famously large prides of lion, white rhino, black rhino, buffalo, hippopotamus, cheetah and sable.
Found in the oldest game reserve in Africa, the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is one of KwaZulu Natal’s hidden gems. This lodge possesses plenty of home comforts and charm and also offers incredible game viewing experiences, with 96 000 hectares to explore and the chance to see the Big 5.
Bordering the Mara triangle, and with breath-taking views of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara is ideally positioned above the ever magnificent, game rich Masai Mara – famous for its big cat sightings. Guests can experience a hot air balloon ride over the Mara, interact with the local Maasai people and enjoy excellent game viewing on foot or vehicle.
Located in the private Grumeti Reserve in the Serengeti and close to the Grumeti River, Singita Faru Faru Lodge is a destination in itself, a truly luxurious safari. This lodge has charming views over the nearby watering hole and the grassy hills of the reserve. The property is great for getting guests back in touch with nature, with game viewing possible from camp, all the while providing comfortable accommodation to relax in.
Our favourite halal-friendly beach resorts
We love to combine an action packed safari with a week spent on a nearby beach to relax and soak up the sun. Here’s a few of our favourite beach resorts that are halal-friendly:
The exclusive Banyan Tree Seychelles Hotel and Spa is situated on the quieter south-west coast of Mahe Island. Nestled in Intendance Bay with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, the hotel provides a rare taste of paradise.
Embracing nature and its natural surroundings, Zil Pasyon offers real seclusion with just thirty luxuriously appointed pool villas set within the spectacular tropical landscape, complimented by the renowned Six Senses service and hospitality.
Angsana Balaclava is a boutique property on the north west coast of Mauritius and a firm favourite with the staff at Mahlatini, who wholeheartedly recommend it for its superior service, fabulous spa and Ayurvedic Wellness programmes, jaw dropping sunsets from its glorious position in Turtle Bay, as well as some exclusive value-ad’s.
Baraza Resort & Spa is a luxurious paradise located on the stunning Bwejuu Beach on the spice island of Zanzibar. This beautiful boutique hotel has the opulent feel of a sultan’s palace and the privacy and facilities of a modern oasis.