Free tour

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, 200 and then 300 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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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

 All our tours are conducted in English.
We have 7 walking tours, each one of them focusing on a different topic and subject. Please make sure that the tour you intend to book is one that suits your interest.

If you are making a single booking for 1 person, there is a chance that your booking will be canceled should the minimum number of 2 persons not be reached. 


"Secret places . . . we'll take you there"

*Child friendly*


  • 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 in the Bo-Kaap 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.

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

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JILL 10 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Great tour and guide! Very valuable info and you also get to visit the best spot for a pic
Huey 26 May 2024
Kuala Lumpur

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
It was great doing the Bo-Kaap walking tour as it gave us a great introduction to the neighbourhood and history of the community that makes up Cape Town. The stories make so much of the history alive, and it was seminal walking through the neighbourhood seeing people going about their lives. Highly recommended to join Michael/Bridget on their tours!
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

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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

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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.
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Who is this tour for?

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

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 2 people is 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.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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