Free tour

Free Bo-Kaap Walking Tour

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Michael
Registered on April 06, 2022

Good day, My name is Michael and I am a registered Regional and Provincial Cultural Tour Guide, as well as a registered Overnight Off Trail Mountain Adventure Tour Guide. I was born in Cape Town and married with one daughter. I have worked and travelled throughout South Africa, as well as in many countries in Europe. We also do tours all over South Africa including 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*


  • 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.
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.

We'll start in St. George's Mall.
Then move into a largely Muslim quarter of the city, which also happens to be the oldest residential area in Southern Africa.

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 Greenmarket Square where one can enjoy refreshments at a restaurant in the area.
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  • Meeting point:
    101 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City C...
    101 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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    Please meet the guide outside Wimpy Restaurant, 101 St. Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa. Corner Church street and St. Georges Mall. The guide will be sitting at a table under the umbrella. The guide will be wearing an official tourist guide badge. Look out for the small South African Flag. Safe parking can be found at the Mandela Rhodes building in Burg street. One will have to turn into Burg street from Wale street, near St. George's Cathedral.

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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Yonatan 06 Mar 2023
Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Travelled alone - Feb 2023
I really enjoyed the Bo Kaap tour with Michael. It was very interesting and Michael also agreed to photo me. The only thing that I didn't like is when we came to the restaurant there were testing portions for 20 rands per each. I took a full meal and 1 testing portion and Michael took 1 testing portion as well. When I got a bill I understood that I need to pay for Michael's portion as well, and initially on the bill was written 20 rands that were crossed out and changed to 25, so I paid 50 instead of 40, besides the cost of my meal and tip. I have no problem paying some additional sum and it's OK if the guide gets some commission from the restaurant BUT I would like to know that in advance and not to be surprised.
Karen 11 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Lovely and knowledgeable guide
Eran 07 Oct 2022
Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Travelled in group - Oct 2022
Great tour and guides
Gaby 26 Sep 2022

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Travelled in family - Sep 2022
Great tour in Bo Kaap with Michael!
Shravya 26 Jul 2022

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2022
One of the best walking tours I have done Bo Kaap and Historic walking tour with guide Michael wilcox, our both tours went extremely great, the best way to know about history of Capetown. He also made us taste local food and meet local people. I loved our tour with Michael and would recommend to everyone who wants to explore city apart from major sightseeing places. Thanks Tusk and Michael :)
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
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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