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Bo-Kaap: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Cape Town: Half-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

    1. Cape Town: Half-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

    Ascend to the summit of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town on a half-day tour that also includes a hotel pick-up and exploration of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. Start with a drive through the city center, passing landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company. Admire the baroque grandeur of City Hall and the Grand Parade. Continue along Adderley Street to St. George’s Cathedral, overseen by the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter (also known as “Bo-Kaap”) in the foothills of Table Mountain to see the historic district of the Cape Malays, descendants of slaves brought to Cape Town from Java, Ceylon and other regions of the Far East in the early 18th century. Next, go to Table Mountain via Kloof Nek, and ascend to the top (weather permitting) by revolving cabl...

    Excellent service and very worth the money, our tour guide Mr Super was also very helpful, informative and gave us excellent service

  • Cape Town: 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap

    2. Cape Town: 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap

    A local food-lover, Faldela Tolker, will be waiting to greet you on the doorstep of her neat, lilac-colored house. She’ll welcome you into her kitchen where a large metal pot simmers on the stove, emitting a spicy aroma. Chef Faldela conducts cooking classes in her home in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. The food cooked in this predominantly Muslin neighborhood is as piquant as the hot pink and burnt-orange painted houses that rise gently up the lower slopes of Signal Hill, part of Table Mountain. Unique to the Western Cape of South Africa, Cape Malay cuisine fuses African tradition with that of Malaysian and Indonesian slaves, brought over by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries. A blend of spices — ginger, fennel, star anise, tamarind, and, most importantly, turmeric — gives the food a distinct aromatic quality. Stews, roasts, and sauce-heavy curries are popular in Malay cuisine, as are meat...

    What a brilliant day ! The Bo-Kaap is so beautiful and we were lucky enough to go in to one of the bright houses on the main road of the Bo-Kaap and have a really authentic day!

  • Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

    3. Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

    Discover the best that Capetown has to offer on this half-day tour. Start your adventure with a stop to the famous Table Mountain for a circular walk. Continue to Signal Hill for incredible views and perfect photos. Continue on to Camps Bay and stop at Maiden’s Cove for more breathtaking views. Head through Clifton, Bantry Bay, Seapoint, the V&A Waterfront, and Cape Town city center. Pass by the Cape Town Convention Centre, drive along Heerengracht Street, passing the Cape Town railway station and stop at the Castle of Good Hope. End your visit with a stop at the Noon Gun museum and Cape Town Diamond Museum.

    My tour was excellent especially with my tour guide Leticia she gave me a lot of information about cape town all in all i learnt a lot from her she is the most amazing woman i ever met, she is so kind and loving i can not wait to come back to cape town so that i can meet her again.

  • Cape Town: 3-Hour Bike Tour

    4. Cape Town: 3-Hour Bike Tour

    Learn about Cape Town’s heritage on a bike tour from the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to the bustling inner city, and get up close and personal with its inhabitants along the way. Marvel at the urban landscape, and see sights old and present as you visit the historic fort of the Castle of Good Hope, journey down Adderley Street and go to the former township of Bo-Kaap. Cycle to Company Gardens and St. George’s Mall and see the impressive Green Point Stadium, where the 2010 FIFA World Cup was held. Explore the newly landscaped Green Point eco park and admire the oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.

    We did the tour on our first day in Cape Town and it was a really nice way to get to know the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and likeable! Recommended!

  • Cape Town: Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class

    5. Cape Town: Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class

    First, explore the beautiful Bo-Kapp as you wander its cobblestone streets on a cultural walking tour. Discover some of its oldest historical buildings and learn about the culture and traditions of the local people. Visit the first and oldest mosque in South Africa as well as the cultural museum. Make your way to the spice shop and learn about the variety and health benefits of different spices. Return to the home of your host and begin preparing a traditional Malay meal. Help fold the first course, samosas. Prepare the main meal which is chicken curry and roti flatbread. Make samabal better known as salsa salad. Then, sit down to enjoy your meal, followed by a traditional dessert of koesisters, which are spicy savoury donuts served with cardamon tea. Leave with a full belly and all recipes of what you have prepared.

    Faldela was amazing. She knows the history of the beautiful Bo-Kapp area and you can tell how much she loves it. Her cooking/recipes are the best. This is a must do when in Capetown. You miss a lot by skipping it. Thank you for a wonderful day.

  • Cape Town: Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap

    6. Cape Town: Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap

    Join a local resident for a traditional cooking class in the heart of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood. During the 2-hour interactive session, prepare a popular, three course Cape Malay meal from scratch, using authentic spices and fresh ingredients. Once the food has been cooked, sit down with your host to enjoy the true taste of Bo-Kaap, while engaging in some good, hearty conversations on family, local traditions, and the community. From a starter to a main meal, hone your cooking skills, and enjoy a truly local experience.

    We were welcomed to the family home with the most amazing warmth. Jasmina and her husband are a beautiful team. She cooks, he assists and he even took us to the spice shop and dropped us off at our destination. I will do this again and again!

  • Cape Town: Table Mountain Scooter Tour

    7. Cape Town: Table Mountain Scooter Tour

    Meet your guide at the Table Mountain Kloofnek parking area. Hop onboard a bus and be shuttled to Signal Hill for the 1st downhill run.  On arrival at Signal Hill, you will be issued with helmets and gloves, before receiving a safety briefing on how to operate the scooters. Follow the guide down a jeep track all the way into Bo Kaap to complete the first run of the tour. Next, hop back on board the bus and be taken to Table Mountain to reach the starting point of the 2nd downhill run. After being dropped at Dead Man's Tree, enjoy panoramic views of Cape Town, and take the opportunity to get some fantastic photos of the city. After this photo opportunity, freewheel down the mountain on another off-road trail, passing by Deer Park and finishing at Oranjezicht. After the shuttle up to Table Mountain, be dropped off at Dead Man’s Tree. Here you will enjoy breathtaking views of Cape Town a...

    Fun, different, and a great way to enjoy the great outdoors of Cape Town with some stunning views.

  • Cape Town: Half-Day City Highlights and Table Mountain Tour

    8. Cape Town: Half-Day City Highlights and Table Mountain Tour

    Start your morning with a pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town and begin your tour in the heart of the city, otherwise known as Adderley Street. While exploring this area see historical monuments like Bartholomew Dias, Jan van Riebeeck, and Zacharias Waganaer Reservoir. Proceed to the Castle of Good Hope, one of the oldest buildings in South Africa and have the chance to witness the Key Ceremony or the Cannon Firing Ceremony. Afterward, drive through the city and pass by City Hall where former president Nelson Mandela delivered his first speech after he was freed from prison. Arrive in the Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Cape Malay Quarter, and take a photo stop with the colorful historic houses and have the opportunity to buy and taste Malay foods like Samoosas, Koeksisters, and Melktert. From the Bo-Kaap, make your way to the Noon Gun, a historic time signal in the city of Cape...

    We had a great time with our guide. He taught us about all the places when went to. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining.

  • Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

    9. Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

    First, make a quick stop in the heart of Cape Town city center to discover the colorful community known as Bo-kaap. Then, head straight for the coastline. Pass by affluent suburbs with some of the best beaches near the city, stopping for photos at Camps Bay. Proceed on towards Hout Bay seated in between gigantic mountains and the Atlantic.  Enjoy an optional scenic 40-minute round-trip boat ride to Seal Island. Resume your tour via the world-famous Chapman's Peak Drive. Marvel at this road engineering feat as you wind over the edge of the mountains; this scenic drive is not for the faint-hearted. Next, arrive at the Cape of Goodhope Nature Reserve just after midday. Discover the rich plant life of the Cape, early human history, maritime history and if you are lucky you might be able to have a mini safari.  Reach the southwesternmost point of the continent - the Cape of Good Hope - and ...

    We have had a great time! Our driver was very nice persons, very knowledgeable and told us so many interesting things about local culture and places we visited. He was able to get us thru the ques

  • Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

    10. Cape Town: Half-Day City Tour

    Cape Town, the Mother City, is a beautiful place steeped with history. This half-day tour will take you to all of the major points of interest and landmarks you need to see for your visit to be complete. The tour will be led by a registered guide who is an expert on all things Cape Town. You will visit all the major sights in the city, including the South African Museum and beautiful Company Gardens. See the Parliament buildings, City Hall, and the Castle of Good Hope. Before you reach the colorful streets of Bo-Kaap, the smells of Malay curry will be wafting your way. You will also visit the Green Market Square, Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and Clifton. If you are interested you will have the unique opportunity to be taken on a short diamond factory tour. At the end, choose from 2 options. You may opt for a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). Otherwise, choos...

    This was an absolutely fantastic tour. You could not have asked for a better guide in Armond. Knowledgeable, entertaining and a great sense of humour. Well priced and we did everything that was described in tour. Rating this 10/10!!! Thank you.

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What people are saying about Bo-Kaap

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 33 reviews

My tour was excellent especially with my tour guide Leticia she gave me a lot of information about cape town all in all i learnt a lot from her she is the most amazing woman i ever met, she is so kind and loving i can not wait to come back to cape town so that i can meet her again.

Faldela was amazing. She knows the history of the beautiful Bo-Kapp area and you can tell how much she loves it. Her cooking/recipes are the best. This is a must do when in Capetown. You miss a lot by skipping it. Thank you for a wonderful day.

Excellent service and very worth the money, our tour guide Mr Super was also very helpful, informative and gave us excellent service

It was AMAZING more especially with the help from our beautiful Leticia..... We enjoyed every moment

Very informative and we learnt a few new tricks. It was a fun morning.