Bo-Kaap: The Village in the City

    Bokaap walking tour
    1shereen habeeb
    31 May 2016
    Clock 40min      Length1mi
    70 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    Shereen Habib has been a tour guide in the Bo-Kaap for over twenty years, and her family has lived here for almost a century. She’ll take you on a deeply personal loop through the historical heart of this area. Rather than painting a picture of cobblestones, carnivals and colourful houses, she’ll take you right into the very core of the place, and help you understand why the "village in the city" is so close to the hearts of thousands of people across the world.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Iziko Bo Kaap Museum, Auwal Mosque, Tana Baru Cemetery

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    71 Wale Street - the Bo-Kaap museum. It's a bit of a far walk from the Cape Town Train Station, but there are MyCiti bus stops nearby.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Bo-Kaap museum, Oldest Mosque, Tana Baru Cemetery, Bo-Kaap Kombuis

    Best time of day:

    One of the locations on this tour, Tana Baru, is only open between 9am and 6pm. To reach it in time, you'll need to start the tour before 5:30pm, but like many neighbourhoods at the edge of a city centre, Bo-Kaap is safest during daylight. People stop in at the neighbourhood's many mosques between 12pm and 2pm, and you'll get a better sense of the role Islam plays in people's lives here.


    If you're a woman, bring a headscarf and be sure to dress appropriately if you'd like to enter holy spaces. Make sure your chest, shoulders and legs are covered up. Avoid the area after dark, and it's always safer to walk with a friend or group.


    Plus Write a comment


    Good work

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

    I enjoyed it more than the free walking tour. Good work!

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 12 months ago

    This tour was fabulous!

    Posted by Melissa , almost 2 years ago

    Great tour! Enjoyed it!

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago

    Oh, ok. I found the bio when I hit on the picture. Never mind.

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago

    This is a great product. The guide's knowledge on the neighborhood and humorous style make it even better. Why don't you include a brief written biography/background about the guide so we know more about the person guiding us. Thanks

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 2 years ago

    Village in the City is an updated version of Bo-Kaap Walking Tour. It was already our most popular walk in Cape Town (and my personal favourite), but it's even better now, with clearer directions and some authentic, atmospheric sound design.

    Posted by Iain Manley , almost 4 years ago

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