Cape Town /Bo-kaap free walking tour

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on September 14, 2023

I'm a registered guide in Cape town offering walking tours in the citybowl and lovely bokaap. Very outgoing personality and Have a good connection to the broader community. I'm a director of the bokaap tourism association and a director of alnasiroon which is a NPO in the city focusing on community gardening. Have an intimate knowledge of Robben Island.

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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

Welcome to Cape Town!

We begin our journey at Bokaap museum located at71 Wale Street where we discuss the origins of the Bo-kaap. Our adventure then takes us by the Auwal Musjid which is the oldest in South Africa established in1794 .

 Along the way we pass by the Noorul islam mosque est. 1834 before indulging a koesiester which is a local treat. Then walking down to the streets with all the colourful houses Chiappini street. We then make our way towards Cape Town’s renouned spice shop, Atlas, where you will smell the fragrences of spices used in authentic Cape Malay cuisine. These spices were not only used by the enslaved for themselves but introduced into the dishes prepared for colonial owners sparking a culinary fusion. No tour is complete without a visit toye Bokaap helpers garden a community initiative to feed the needy.

From here we take a walk down rose street known for the famous Bokaap deli that won best breakfast in Cape town 2 years in a row. Other interesting establishments as well.

During the itinerary, I'll be happy to answer all your questions, doubts and curiosities about my beloved city.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Tow...
    71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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    The bokaap museum 71 Whale street bokaap. Wearing official tourism guiding badge.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    71 Wale Street

    Meeting point, museum is one of the oldest original houses in the area

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Auwal Masjid

    Oldest mosque in South Africa

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Atlas Trading Company

    Local spice shop where cape malay food will be up for discusion

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Rose Street

    Boutique shops, deli's and so much more

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Bokaap Helpers Garden

    Community based garden for the nutritional upliftment of community.

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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Abdulaziz 07 Jun 2024
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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
It was nice amazing time and rich with information of local culture & history. Tried the local food as well ..it was a small welcome by a nice Muslim lady hosted us for few minutes & talked about the culture and social habbits in the neighborhood. Thanks Ilyas..for the amazing tour. Appreciate your efforts 🙏🏾
Andrea 18 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Ilyas was really friendly and welcoming. Knowledgeable about the history of the area and his community. Show us different aspects of the area and explain how it’s change and developed over the years. Highly recommend his tour
Alice 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Ylias is a local guide and his family has been living in bokaap area for generations. So, he is very qualified for guiding this tour. We had a good time me even met some of his family and friends.
Samira 07 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
What an authentic experience! This is a walk through Bo-Kaap with a professional guide who lives in the neighbourhood. Ilyas is clearly well known and because of this we went to places no other tour would go. I won’t spoil where as I guess he switches it depending on the day. It’s a mix of history, daily life, and the people of the neighbourhood. As a solo woman traveler I felt very safe. This was my favourite outing in Cape Town so far as it was so genuine and I learned a lot in addition to great photos. Thank you! 5*
Peter 07 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Highly recommend this tour - it was one of our highlights in Cape Town. Ilya shared information about his community with a lot of integrity and his love for Bo Kaap was contagious. It was amazing to see the area from a local and he really added a personal touch. Incredibly memorable! Tasting the doughnuts was a highlight. Thank you!!!
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Who is this tour for?

Non 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 5 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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