Province: Western Cape
Coordinates: 34.0522° S, 18.7542° E
Area: 28.85 km2
Municipality; City of Cape Town

Macassar is a small predominantly “coloured” town near Strand. It was named by Sheikh Yusuf (Tuanta Salamaka) of Sultanate of Gowa, who was exiled there by the Dutch in 1694. The sheikh settled in the area of Macassar. In the 19th century. Muslims had to practice their religion in secret. The sheikh’s followers were mainly local fishermen. He is said to be the founder of Islam in South Africa and his kramat is one of the holiest places for Muslims in South Africa
The Macassar dunes Nature reserve on Baden Powel drive is part of the vital dunes system on the coast. It is an important Cape biodiversity area that includes fynbos and the last forest of white milkwood tree

The postal code for Macassar is 7130 (streets) and 7134 (boxes)

Things to see and do in Macassar

  • The Macassar Dunes Nature Reserve, in Baden Powell Drive
  • The Macassar resort has braai facilities, next to the Macassar Dunes Nature conservation area. Gates open at 8.30 on weekdays and is open till 16.30 and from 7.30 to 11.30 on Sundays
  • Within the dunes area, there is an abandoned water park and pavilion. The park was built in the 1990s but had some financial issues and was abandoned. It is a photogenic “ghost” park covered in sand
  • Musica Park Outdoor Gym  Musica Avenue, Macassar


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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 021 857 7100
  • Municipality-021 850 4150
  • Traffic department: Helderberg Traffic Department-021 865 4521
  • Fire: -021 444 6790
  • Water: 0860 103 089
  • Electricity:0860 103 089
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office; 021 857 1167
  • Macassar old and new community halls: 021 850 4261
  • Closest hospital; Clinic -021 857 2330
  • Pharmacy; Macassar Day Hospital Pharmacy-021 857 2330
  • Library: Closest-IkamvaYouth Nazeema Isaacs Library-021 362 6799
  • SPCA:Cape of Good Hope SPCA-021 700 4140
  • Schools:

Macassar Primary School-021 857 2400
Marvin Park Primary School-062 843 2804
Macassar Secondary School-021 857 1090
Oklahoma Street Primary School-021 857 161
Zandvliet High School-021 857 1016


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