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Bo-Kaap Walking Tour

Rated 4.8 out of 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 4 reviews)

See the colourful houses, smell the spices and hear a call to prayers of the local mosque. This part of Cape Town is a unique, a real gem and you will totally fall in love with it during our 90-minute walking tour. 

On our FREE Bo-Kaap Walking Tour, you will learn about the history of one of Cape Town’s most diverse and oldest neighbourhoods. 


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About this activity

  • No Need To Book

Simply meet at City Sightseeing (Red Bus), Stop 5, 81 Long St., Cape Town (CBD)

  • Duration: 90 minutes

Starting time: 10:00 and 14:00 daily

  • Live guided tour


  • Starting location

City Sightseeing Red Bus, Stop 5, 81 Long St, Cape Town

The original experience


  • Wander through the colourful cobblestoned neighbourhood 
  • Learn about the culture, traditions and history of the colourful Bo-Kaap.
  • If you lucky, you may get a taste of traditional ‘Cape Malay’ food.

Full description

Wander through the colourful cobblestoned Malay Quarters on this 90-minutes tour, where the brightly coloured houses unfold in an array of pinks, greens, blues, reds and oranges. The name is an abbreviation of ‘boven Kaap’ or ‘above the cape’. So unsurprisingly, you’ll find the neighbourhood upward from the city centre, on the slopes of Signal Hill. 

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Today, it’s known as one of the most Instagrammable places in the country, thanks to its pastel-colored houses and picturesque cobbled streets. This amazing tour allows you to learn about the history of one of Cape Town’s most multicultural areas. Discover some of its oldest historical buildings and learn about the culture and traditions of the local people. Bo-Kaap, a colourful, historic neighbourhood that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery.

Along the way, visit South Africa’s first mosque, Auwal Masjid and if you are lucky, you may get a taste of the spicy ‘Cape Malay’ food.



  • FREE guided tour
  • Experienced local guides
  • Insightful colourful experience
  • Visit places the average visitor would never see or experience
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transport to and from the starting point
  • Food & Drink

COVID-19 Special Information

  • Guests will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Guests are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guests are required to record track & trace information
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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen / Hat
  • Water
  • Camera

Know before you go

  • Not suitable for guests who require walking assistance
  • Guests are advised to be punctual
  • Tour operates rain or shine


Rated 4.8 out of 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 4 reviews)
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Fantastic walking tour of this colourful neighbourhood

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

Sheldon was our guide – a great guy who gave his us a fascinating history of this area. We’d been wanting to do this tour for a while and so pleased we managed to do it.

The colourful houses are a feast on the eyes.

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Walking tour rocks!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 11, 2023

A “must do” for a short, but deep dive into history, food, architecture!

Exceeded my expectations.

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A Tour Hero

Rated 5 out of 5
December 27, 2020

Brahm was our tour guide. He has a vast knowledge of the history and area. With lots of patience and humor he guided us though the Beautiful Bo Kaap. A hero to the group when we were about to be attack by a dog he jumped right in front of the group to protect us. Our local super hero💪🏼!! Thanks so much, you were great👏🏽👏🏽

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Perfect tour of Bo Kaap with the best guide!

Rated 4 out of 5
November 28, 2020

We did the walking tour of Bo Kaap with the best guide ever. You could tell he was so passionate about his city and I really felt like he gave us information and perspective that couldn’t get on your own.

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