So, you're off to see the Bo-Kaap? No doubt your mind conjures up pictures of quaint and brightly-coloured houses - but your walk today will reveal a Bo-Kaap that has little to do with its prettiness. To focus on that aspect alone would be an injustice to the people of Bo-Kaap.
This area’s roots reach back into the early days of Dutch East India Company rule at the Cape and the days of slavery.
This walk uncovers the story behind the oldest, but not exclusive, Muslim area in Cape Town. The Bo-Kaap is a vast area stretching from Buitengracht Street to the slopes of Signal Hill, and from Strand Street towards Table Mountain. Its residents embrace a diversity of cultures and religions.
The people of Bo-Kaap are warm and hospitable. Some even welcome visitors into their homes to enjoy a local delicacy with them. Try a friendly salaam aleikum greeting, or shukraan (thank you), and you will be rewarded with a happy smile!