• LOCATION 7 | Bo-Kaap: The Village in the City

    First Dutch House of Jan de Waal

    First Dutch House of Jan de Waal on Cape Town audio tour Bo-Kaap: The Village in the City

    Can you see the wall on your left, with holes in it? Behind it is the first Dutch house built here. Stop here for a moment.

    This street is a great example of how well preserved the Bo Kaap is, thanks to the protests.

    This house was built by Jan de Waal. The tall section of the house, behind the palm tree on the left, is an extension of the original slave quarters.

    The inside of the house has been done up by Mr Salie, who owns it. The national monuments council are still responsible for the outside, and at the time of recording this tour, they were starting to do the outside renovations after years on a waiting list. I hope you're seeing a beautifully restored version today!

    When you are ready, look over to the right of this street and you should see a little lane. This is Chiappini Lane . It looks like a cul-de-sac, but there are some steps and an archway that will lead you back into Wale Street. Walk down this lane.

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Bo-Kaap: The Village in the City