Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local

We are descendants from the slaves brought to the Cape by the early Dutch settlers to Bo-Kaap, & feel connected to the rich history of the area. It's this deep love that fuels our desire to share with you this beautiful and intricately woven culture that is unmatched anywhere in the world. As residents and qualified tour guides with many years' experience, we will show you Bo-Kaap beyond the postcard pictures.

Duration 1 hour
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What's included :
  • Snacks
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    Stop At: Bo-kaap, Cape Town Central South Africa

    Bo-Kaap is a beautiful, quaint, and colourful suburb that nestles at the foot of Signal Hill in the City Bowl of Cape Town. Its history however is steeped in Slavery and it is also known as the ‘ Birthplace of Islam’ in the Cape. Enslaved people, artisans and political exiles were brought here from Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia amongst other places.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Wale Street, Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

    We will meet at 71 Wale Street for an introduction to the area, providing an overview of the history of Cape Town and Bo-Kaap.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Auwal Mosque, 43 Dorp Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa

    Our walk then takes us past the Auwal Mosque, which is the oldest mosque in South Africa, dating back to 1794, when it was started by slaves in defiance of Dutch law. Currently we may not be able to go inside the Mosque due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Chiappini Street, Chiappini St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

    From here, we walk up through streets of colourful houses called Chiappini Street. This is the most photographed street in South Africa.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Atlas Trading Co., 104 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

    We then stop at Cape Town’s famed spice shop Atlas, where you will smell the heady aromas of spices used in everyday Cape Malay cooking. These are the same spices used by slaves as an expression of freedom in their ‘masters’ kitchens.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Departure Point :
    71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • We will have a story-telling engagement in hosts' homes. The utensils and room would be completely sanitized before we enter the home.
    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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    Organised by 56 On Lion Accommodation and Tours

    Activity ID: V-114918P1

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