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Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap

Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town

The Basics

Bo-Kaap buzzes with cultural attractions ranging from traditional restaurants and craft markets to museums and churches, and a visit provides a look back in time, as well as a window into the neighborhood’s modern culture. Sample the local cuisine on a food tour, visit the Bo-Kaap Museum in the quarter’s oldest building, or get personal insights from a local on a guided walking tour.

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Cultural Cape Town Tour Including Langa Township and Bo-Kaap
Cultural Cape Town Tour Including Langa Township and Bo-Kaap
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$46.13 per adult
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Our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable with local information! Gained a real feel to local life in Bo Kaap and Langa!
Kim_B, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Cape Town

star-5
Fun, informative morning well spent!
Delicia_B, Nov 2021
Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
It was fun spending time with Ilyas. He also managed to introduce us to quite a few of the locals, and told us parts of history we knew nothing about! And made it all fun! Even in the rain....
star-5
Experience the generosity of the coulorful Bo-Kaap
Sue_B, Oct 2020
Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
The tour exceeded our expectations! Rafiq Jacobs shared the history with colourful stories and interesting facts. We were introduced to locals and showered with generosity in their homes. We will never forget aunt Nissie's freshly baked koesisters. She welcomed us like family. Rafiq even went the extra mile by arranging a lovely roti lunch at Faeezah's home!
star-5
Honest enlightening tour
Pamela_E, Feb 2020
Cultural Cape Town Tour Including Langa Township and Bo-Kaap
We were happy we took this tour to learn about what happened during and post-apartheid to so many in Cape Town. The news we heard abroad years ago only introduced us to what the people have endured over the years. Ian did an excellent job guiding us on this emotional journey for us learning the difficulties suffered over the years and the possibility of change in the future.
star-4
Learned a lot
Navigator55130350033, Oct 2019
Cultural Cape Town Tour Including Langa Township and Bo-Kaap
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable so we learned a ton. However, I wish we would have spent a little bit more time walking around one we were in Langa. We basically stayed in the museum the whole time and then walked to grab water so we more so saw the townships from the vehicle.
star-5
Amazing Tour of History of Bo-Kaap
Ariel_T, May 2019
Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
Rafiq was a lovely informative guide, his history and knowledge of Bo-Kaap tell of a very special place in the heart of Cape Town. I saw, did and heard the history and present day struggles of a people that still have to fight to be heard, and Rafiq's voice was loud and clear, Bo-Kaap Matters! Many Thanks, Ariel #BOKAAPMATTERS
star-5
Bhegisisa (Gladstone) deserve accolades
ZBIGNIEW_I, Sep 2019
Cultural Cape Town Tour Including Langa Township and Bo-Kaap
Bhegisisa (Gladstone) our tour guide deserve accolades for providing us with insightful introduction to the history too often unknown to the world outside of South Africa’s struggle for an equality.
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Tour of Bo-Knapp District & Langa Township
Sylvia3144, Oct 2019
Cultural Cape Town Tour Including Langa Township and Bo-Kaap
We were very pleased with both of these tours. We were the only ones in a private vehicle booked to learn about both of these Districts. Our driver was very informative as he lived himself in Langa Township. Learning about these two districts in South Africa near the City of Cape Town introduced us to how the less fortunate people of the area live, and, the ongoing efforts made by the existing Government to change these areas for the better for the inhabitants presently living there, by building newer, more habitable houses for them.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Bo-Kaap is a must-visit for history buffs and culture enthusiasts.

  • There are ample dining opportunities within the quarter.

  • Most of the neighborhood is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

Conveniently located on the outskirts of the Cape Town city center, the Bo-Kaap can easily be reached by public transportation or taxi. You also can visit on a hop-on hop-off bus or a guided tour.

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When to Get There

You can visit the neighborhood at any time of day, with the experience varying greatly depending on when you visit. If you want to get the streets to yourself and capture photos of the colorful houses, visit early in the morning. To get to know the local culture, visit in the afternoon or evening. Note that the Bo-Kaap Museum is closed on Sundays.

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The Bo-Kaap Museum

Located in a historic home that was listed as a National Monument in 1965, the Bo-Kaap Museum is a cultural museum that focuses on Muslim history in the Cape. The historic house has been restored and furnished to display the lifestyle of a 19th-century Muslim family, providing a rare insight into one of South Africa’s underrepresented populations.

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