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Bo-Kaap Walking Tour

Duration: 1h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Michael
Quality Verified Registered on April 06, 2022

Good day Guru Walkers, Welcome and thank you for reaching us. 😃 Our guests have reviewed us to be the top rated GuruWalk tour operator in Cape Town and South Africa 🇿🇦. They also highly recommend us as well. In fact, we are the first GuruWalk operator in Southern Africa to reach over 100 and then 200 reviews with mostly 5 🌟 ratings. For your convenience, we have the most scheduled tours per week. My name is Michael and I am a professional registered Regional and Provincial Cultural Tourist Guide (WC12125), as well as a registered National Overnight Off Trail Mountain Adventure Trekking Tourist Guide. I was born in Cape Town and married to Bridget. She is a professional registered Cultural Tourist Guide (WC12124) as well. Together we have worked and travelled throughout South Africa, as well as in many other countries around the world. We also enjoy membership with the Cape Tourist Guide's Association. My uncle (who is still alive today) was the neighbour of Nelson Mandela when he spent almost 7 years in the jail cell right next door to Madiba, as a political prisoner on Robben Island. For more about this, you may want to book our "Oppression and Apartheid to Liberation" walking tour. We also conduct tours all across South Africa, including Sightseeing Tours, Hiking Tours, Rock Art Tours, Safaris, Adventure Tours, Wine Tours, National Parks, and more.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Bo-Kaap Walking Tour
"Secret places . . . we'll take you there"

*Child friendly*


Itinerary:

  • Muslim community 
  • Buildings
  • Architecture
  • Streets
  • Works of art
  • Places of interest
  • Ruins
  • Plants and flowers
  • People
  • Cultural heritage
  • Public squares and open spaces
  • Places of worship
  • Cuisine
  • Sites of significance
  • Memorials and more.


The Bo-Kaap Walking Tour is one of those bucket list must do's when visiting Cape Town. It is the most Instagramned place in Africa.
This area is a photographer's paradise where one can admire the friendly locals casually going about their daily routines.

 All our tours are based on proper research and facts, and the information shared is not meant to be disrespectful to anyone's   gender,  country, religion, ethnicity, culture, ancestors, place of origin, political persuasion, traditions or practices.
 


From Heritage Square we move into the largely Muslim quarter of the city.

Guests will have a chance to experience the area by using one's 5 senses:  

  1. See the colorful houses; 
  2. Smell the aromas of the spices and the home cooking; 
  3. Feel the peaceful yet vibrant community lifestyle; 
  4. Hear  the sounds of the call to prayer from the various Mosques in the suburb, or the bang of the Noon Gun on Signal Hill above, or you made be fortunate enough to hear a fish horn echoing in the distance;
  5. Taste the Cape Malay cuisine which originates from the Bo-Kaap.


Learn and see how the naturally available rock was used in the construction of buildings and other features.  Also, get a sense of how the geographic lay of the land influenced the development and direction of the suburb.

We'll visit places of worship including the oldest Mosque in Southern Africa.  Get to know how slaves introduced Islam to the Cape and how stories of their suffering and hardship can be told by the locals who are largely descendants of these unfortunate people.
The area is rich in culture from Africa; the southeast Asian islands of the Indian Ocean as well as from Europe and the Middle East.

The tour finishes back at Heritage Square where one can enjoy refreshments at a restaurant in the area.
 
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  • Meeting point:
    98 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Cen...
    98 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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    Please meet the guide outside on the pavement at Jerry's Burger Bar opposite Heritage Square.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

102 ratings
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4.87
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4.47
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4.73
Quality
4.82
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Laura 03 May 2024
Donostia-San Sebastian

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Nos ha encantado el tour. Muchael nos ha contado muy bien la historia de este barrio. Muy recomendable el tour con él. El lugar es precioso Buenas fotos para insta 😜
David 01 May 2024
Metuchen

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Bridgette met us on time and we chatted with her. She was extremely friendly and helpful. The information provided was the right balance of history and local color and anecdotes. The Bo Kap was revealed nicely. She was also very considerate and took time to direct us to our next destination after the tour finished. Our first Guru Tour experience sets the stage for more exploration with GT.
Anusha 29 Apr 2024
Preston

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Our tour was absolutely informative and fun. The little stories made up the tour. I loved them. Bridget is friendly and professional. Also loved the koeksuster on the side, that was delish. This tour is highly recommended.
Mirella 25 Apr 2024
Rosmalen

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
We had a wonderful time with our guide she told us many things about the people habits and more Very much recommendable
Sonja 17 Apr 2024
Ghent

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Interesting tour of a touristic hot spot in Cape Town.
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Pets
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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