Guide to visiting Bo-Kapp


Bo-KaapGuide to visiting Bo-kapp

This is my guide to visiting Bo-Kapp. Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city centre, Bo- Kapp is a beautiful and vibrant community that has become insta famous for it cute colourful houses.


Established in the 1760s by Dutch colonialist Jan de Waal, Bo-Kaap began life as a series of nondescript rental houses – all painted a pristine white. Built to accommodate slaves who had been exiled. When slavery was abolished in 1834, the Cape Malay slaves were able to purchase their homes, with the sense of freedom they all decided to paint there houses in bright colours.


Whilst there, take some time to explore the Bo-Kaap museum it is housed in one the oldest buildings in the area. It dates back to the 1760s. I suggest starting your visit here.

Guide to bo-kapp

Another must-do is a traditional Cape Malay meal at one of the restaurants, or a Cape Malay cooking course with one of the expert locals. Recipes date back centuries and are a spicy mix of Middle Eastern and Dutch styles of cooking, usually consisting of fruit, spices, vegetables and meat.

You could also choose a bycicle tour from

Cycle through the city, including the beautiful Bo-Kaap, on an electric bike when you join Bye Cycle Tours for a morning of exploration. Their electric bikes, are like traditional bicycles, but with an added motor so you can let the battery do all the work up one of the Bo-Kaap’s intimidating hill.

Getting about in Cape Town

Cape Town is rather spread out with many things to do around the cape and beyond, we decided to rent a car for our trip from Avis and collected from the airport it cost us £10 a day.

Gas stations accept both cash and credit, but not all. There will be a sign outside telling you if they accept credit or not, but it’s a good idea to always have some cash on you just in case. You will also need small change for tolls on major roads.

Uber is one of the best ways to get around Cape Town. The distances between most of the top attractions are short, making it a cost-effective option for your trip. You can also request a ride from Cape Town International Airport by using the free WiFi.

Another affordable way to get around the city is with the My CitiBus service. You can buy a transport code from one of the stations and top it up as you go. There is a free app that you can download that lists the timetables for each stop, fares and a route planner.


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