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Whimsical, bright, eccentric, colourful and diverse; these are the words that come to mind when you arrive in the Bo-Kaap of Cape Town. Formally known as the Malay quarter, the Bo-Kaap is situated on the slopes... Show more

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Whimsical, bright, eccentric, colourful and diverse; these are the words that come to mind when you arrive in the Bo-Kaap of Cape Town. Formally known as the Malay quarter, the Bo-Kaap is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill and serves as the pinnacle of Malay culture in the Mother City. The Bo-Kaap is known for its bright houses, cobblestone streets and flavourful history.

A drive through the Bo-Kaap will make you feel like a character in Alice in Wonderland. There are so many bright colours and odd shapes it’s hard to not be delighted. Many of the houses are a mixture of Cape Dutch and Georgian architectural designs giving the neighbourhood a sense of uniformity which somehow defies its apartheid origins. There is so much to do in the Bo-Kaap; countless restaurants, sightseeing and of course a visit to the famous Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum is sure to keep you busy!

 

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The Bo-Kaap has a vibe of it’s own that’s sure to get your senses going! Your first stop should be the Famous Bo-Kaap Museum. Here you’ll discover the history of this magical suburb revealed to you. The museum is situated on Wale Street and protects the history of the Cape Malays. The building was renovated into a museum in 1978. Much of the building was restored to maintain its authenticity and give you the feeling of life during this period. The entrance fee is very affordable. Prices range from R10 to R50 depending on age and the number of people.

Sightseeing in the Bo-Kaap is best done with the aid of a tour guide. With so many interesting visuals and history, you are bound to have a ton of questions that need answering and Shereen Nackerdien from Bo-Kaap Guided Tours- Walking Tours, will be able to assist you. A tour will include explanations on slave history, important... Show more