Bo-Kaap

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Cape Town, South Africa
Bo-Kaap - Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap - Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap - Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap - Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap - Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

Bo-Kaap Cape Town Reviews

Andraf Andraf
7 reviews
"Colorful quarter in the heart of the city" Jan 18, 2017
Located on the slopes of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap (meaning "Upper Cape") is the traditional Muslim quarter of Cape Town. The Cape Malay community started settling here after the emancipation of the 1830s. Today, the descendants of the slaves brought by the Dutch from India and East Indies are still living in the brightly colored houses which form the neighborhood. Most of the houses were built in the 18th century. While a stroll on the streets flanked by the vividly painted buildings is worth the time - especially if you like photography - knowing a bit about the history of the area makes the visit all the more interesting.

There are a number of mosques in the area including The Auwal Mosque, the oldest mosque in South Africa, established in 1798 by the Indonesian prince Tuan Guru who was imprisoned by the Dutch on Robben Island.

There is also a small museum located at 71 Wale Street, housed in the oldest building in the area, dating from 1763. It displays documents related to life in the area and it is furnished to depict the lifestyle of a 19 century Muslim family.

The area seemed pretty safe for walking during daytime.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
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AdamR3723 says:
One of the nicest parts of Cape Town.
Posted on: Feb 18, 2017
HORSCHECK says:
I love the colourful buildings. Excellent tip here.
Posted on: Jan 20, 2017
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