During the colonial era (1652–1910) a number of respected Muslims were buried in the hills and mountains surrounding the city of Cape Town, or near other settlements. Muslim slaves visited these areas to fetch water, collect firewood or forage for food. They were said to conduct forbidden prayers and ceremonies. Many of these grave sites were in well-hidden areas but marked with stones or cloth, an unusual practice that indicated that the buried person was considered important. From the early 20th century, Muslims began marking the sites more visibly, with tombs and buildings
Although little oral history has survived about most of the men who are buried there, many have been identified as early political exiles, freed slaves and Imams who were highly regarded.
Source: SANParks/Western Cape government