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Bo-Kaap

Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town

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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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Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
$16.35 per adult
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Wonderful tour of Bo-kaap
Rafiq was an excellent tour guide. He was knowledgeable and passionate about telling the story of his community. Even though we went over the allotted time, I still wanted more! :)
valree76, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cape Town

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Great guide that was a...
Scott_B, Jun 2022
Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
Great guide that was a local. Lots of knowledge and he knew every person we passed many of whom stopped to chat with us.
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Day Tour of Cape Town
Nushin_G, Feb 2022
Cape Town City Tour Table Mountain Bo-Kaap Camps Bay Beach Half Day
This tour was wonderful! Remmy was very accommodating and informative! He showed us everything and made sure we got the most out of our tour. We even wanted to see something extra and he went out of his way to make it happen! If you want to make the most out of one day around Cape Town, this is the tour to take!
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The best tour of Bo Kapp
Susan_R, Feb 2022
Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
A fabulous walk with an excellent tour guide, very informative and he gave us a wonderful insight into the history and life in Bo Kapp with tastes of local sweets and a visit to Atlas store with information about local cooking spices. I can thoroughly recommend this tour.
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Backpackers
Kim_B, Mar 2020
Cultural Cape Town Tour Including Langa Township and Bo-Kaap
Our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable with local information! Gained a real feel to local life in Bo Kaap and Langa!
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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.
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Thank you Rafique for a...
Flavia_I, Jan 2022
Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
Thank you Rafique for a great tour of your area. Interesting facts and history shared. Enjoyed the Koeksisters you arranged.
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A gem of a colorful neighborhood, not only the homes but the people.
Judith_S, Jun 2022
Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
Our guide, Shereen, was amazing!!! She lives in Bo Kaap, is an active member of the community & it seems everyone knows her. Her knowledge of the Bo Kaap area, both current & historical is incredible. She shared not only the areas information but her part in South African history, including participation in June 16 student marches. Bo Kaap is a beautiful & colorful area in the heart of Cape Town. It includes the oldest house in the area, art, amazing food & very friendly people. You have to experience this little gem while you’re in Cape Town! And a guide is a must to give you all the insights that make the area come alive.
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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.
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Special tour of our colourful history.
zahnasteynberg, Dec 2021
Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local
Beautiful day with family, getting to know a part of Cape Town and our history we didn’t know before. We especially remember the fantastic koesiesters, and Bilkies helping us decyphering the spices and their uses at the spice shop. The walking was not too strenuos with some welcome shade on a warm day.
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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....
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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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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!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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