Bo-Kaap |



Bo-Kaap is a colourful, historical and multi-cultural suburb located on the slopes of Signal Hill.

Many of the area's residents are descended from slaves who were brought to Cape Town by the Dutch in the 18th century. The slaves came from many different cultures which including those of Africa, India, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The slaves brought the Muslim religion, which still influences the character of the area to this day. 

Why visit Bo-Kaap:

Bo-Kaap has a charm all of it's own. It makes a picturesque backdrop with classical period houses painted in bright vibrant colours. Some date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Old cobbled streets and Muslim shrines add to Bo-Kaap's character.

Visitors to the area can enjoy really interesting guided tours of Bo-Kaap. There is also the Bo-Kaap Museum, which is located in house that dates back to the 1760's. The museum is dedicated to the history of Bo-Kaaps heritage.

The Cape Malay cuisine is definitely recommended so try it if you can. 

Bo-Kaap is also well known for the “Cape Town Minstrel Carnival”. This is a popular street festival which takes place on the 2nd of January each year. Many locals dress up in colourful suits, painted faces and dance along waving their hats and umbrellas in the air.

Did you know?

The Cape Town Minstrel Carnivals origins go back to the 19th century when slaves were given one day off from labour each New Years Day.

Opening Times ..

Bo-Kaap Museum Opening Times:

9.00am - 4.00pm (Monday to Saturday)


Bo-Kaap Museum,

71 Wale Street,


Cape Town.


021 481 3939

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