South African airports with halal food and prayer facilities

Republished with permission of Hungry for Halaal.

Travelling around the country used to be exciting and glamorous and certainly not a weekly occurrence. You had to be a serious jet-setter with heavy moneybags to afford it. Now it has become par for the course and is as ho-hum as catching the train.

For many it starts out with excitement as part of a new job that includes lots of travel, meeting new people and seeing new places and often deteriorates into lonely and and exhausting trips away from home and family. One of the many things to contend with is having food on the run at conferences and business meetings where your dietary needs as a Muslim is seldom taken into account.

Cape Town International Airport
Cape Town International Airport (Shutterstock)

At least the airports in South Africa have picked up on this, whether consciously as a business strategy or unconsciously, they have become quite halal-friendly over the last few years. Unless you’re in some remote part of the country at a tiny little airport with one Cessna, it’s not that difficult to get some halal food to sort you out on a layover. Even prayer rooms have been modernised to take into account the need for ablution (wudu) facilities.

Here is a list of all the airports in South Africa where you can pray comfortably and get some halal nosh.

Cape Town International Airport

Has Muslim-friendly prayer and ablution facilities.

Halal food is available at:

  • Steers
  • Debonairs
  • KFC
  • Barcelos

Oliver Tambo International Airport

Has Muslim friendly prayer and ablution facilities.

Halal food is available at:
Domestic site:

  • KFC
  • Piece a Pizza
  • Cappello
  • Nando’s

International site:

  • Haagen Dazs – sweets and chocolates
  • The Taste of Africa – Halal biltong in beef, Kudu and Ostrich
  • Dinner – Everything is Halal

King Shaka International Airport

Has Muslim friendly prayer and ablution facilities.

Halal food is available at:
  • KFC

Lanseria Airport

Has Muslim friendly prayer and ablution facilities open from 5am to 11pm. Located on the first floor of the new Parkade. Facilities for both males and females.

Port Elizabeth Airport

Has Prayer rooms and the Primi Cafe is halaal.


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