This is Cape Town’s

most remarkable

neighbourhood

Discover the vibrant

Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

with local Guides

A unique insight

into a neighbourhood

that is centuries old

Be our guest!

Uncover the rich heritage of Cape Town's Bo-Kaap neighbourhood

through authentic local experiences.

Bo-Kaap is a historic and iconic quarter of Cape Town, steeped in hundreds of years of traditions and culture. Through Bo-Kaap Roots, local Guides Bilqees Baker and Rafiq Jacobs work to preserve the community’s identity, historical value, and heritage.

Here, the collective traditions of an array of Cape cultures continue to thrive, and this captivating history is chronicled through song, dance, food, and rituals – many unique to Cape Town. Our tour options support at least 15 other residents directly – and many more indirectly – honouring our ethos of sustainable tourism. 

These home-grown experiences include storytelling over tea and Cape Malay koesiesters, cooking classes, meals, and traditional music. Our guests engage members of the community on a personal level – often in their own homes. With community input, tours give the community a platform to deliver its own interpretation of its mutual history, culture, and legacy.

Being locals, our Guides are ever mindful of the needs of the community. Here, it’s both a privilege and a responsibility to develop culturally sensitive tourist programmes. Come join us to discover what this living testimonial to the past has to share.

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Our Tours

  • Short Tours
  • Private Tours
  • Student Tours
Short Tours

Get a glimpse of the vibrant Bo-Kaap with short tours that highlight its rich cultural tapestry. Wander colourful streets, learn about Cape Malay heritage, and savour traditional cuisine. These short tours with knowledgeable locals uncover hidden gems and stories, providing an intimate glimpse into this historic neighbourhood.

Bo-Kaap: Walk with a local

The Bo-Kaap region of Cape Town (also called the Malay Quarter) is known for its impressive multi-colored buildings, spice shops, and delicious Cape Malay food. Learn more about the origins of this neighborhood by going on a guided tour with a guide who is a descendant of the slaves brought to the area by early Dutch settlers. Find out personal stories about the area that you wouldn’t discover otherwise, and ask questions along the way.

Private Tours

Delve deeply into the rich history of the vibrant Bo-Kaap with private tours. Wander through its colourful streets, learn about the unique Cape Malay heritage, and savour traditional cuisine. These longer, more in-depth tours, guided by knowledgeable locals,

uncover hidden gems and stories, offering an intimate and comprehensive look into this historic neighbourhood.

 SA residents get discounted rates on all private tours. Minimum two (2) guests per tour.

Bo-Kaap Tour With Tea & Traditional Treat

~ Walking tour of Bo-Kaap

~ Fascinating history

~ Sights, smells and sounds of Bo-Kaap

~ Unique traditions

~ Colourful Chiappinni Street

~ Storytelling and tea in a host’s home

Bo-Kaap Tour With
Cape Malay Meal

~ Walking tour of Bo-Kaap

~ Fascinating history

~ Living heritage area

~ Murals in the archway

~ Colourful houses

~ Authentic Cape-Malay meal

Book Tour

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Bo-Kaap Tour With Cape Malay Cooking Class

~ Walking tour of Bo-Kaap

~ Fascinating history

~ A melting pot of cultures

~ Colourful houses

~ Bo-Kaap’s famous archway

~ Storytelling through food

~ Immersive Cultural Experience

Lunch or Dinner & Traditional Ghoema Music

~ Walking tour of Bo-Kaap

~ History and Culture

~ Colourful houses

~ Sights, sounds and smells of Bo-Kaap

~ Traditional Cape Malay meal

~ Ghoema liedjies (traditional music)

~ Local musicians

~ Warm hospitality

Fixed amount for 2 – 6 pax | Additional R 1,010.00 pp

Student Tours

Experience an engaging walking tour of Bo-Kaap, featuring its vivid, colourful houses and rich history. Visit the Auwal Mosque and learn

about religion during the enslaved period. Enjoy Rooibos tea and a traditional treat in a storyteller’s home. Explore the Slave Tree, Slave

Lodge Museum, and the lives of enslaved people. Discover the fusion of traditions from mixed heritages and visit key city sites like the statue of Nelson Mandela. Conclude with Khoisan storytelling by a descendant of the Khoi people, offering a decolonised narrative of Cape Town.

Minimum five (5) guests per tour.

Bo-Kaap Tour With Tea & Traditional Treat

~ Engaging, Historical Walking Tour

~ Visit to the Auwal Mosque

~ Fusion of traditions from mixed heritages

~ Vivid colourful houses

~ Personal history in a Storyteller’s Home

~ Rooibos tea and a traditional treat

City Slave Roots Tour &
Bo-Kaap Walking Tour

~ Slave Tree and Slave Lodge Museum

~ Religion during the enslaved period

~ Enslaved people’s lives in Bo-Kaap

~ Auwal Mosque – A symbol of Hope

~ Traditions

~ Democracy

City Orientation Tour & Khoisan Storytelling

~ Places of interest in the city

~ Apartheid & Democracy

~ Statue of Nelson Mandela

~ De-colonised historical narrative of Cape Town

~ Khoisan Storytelling by a descendant of the

Khoi people

Bo-Kaap Tour With Cape Malay Cooking Class

~ Walk with a local Bo-Kaap Guide

~ Visit a Mosque

~ Famous archway

~ Traditions and Culture

~ Striking colourful houses

~ Fun Cape Malay cooking class in hosts home

Bo-Kaap South African Schools Tours 

~ Walking tour of Bo-Kaap

~ Grade-appropriate decolonised history

~ Islam at the Cape

~ Enslaved people

~ Visit to a mosque

~ Afrikaans language

~ Samoosa folding class

Please contact us to discuss your excursion requirements and rates

Bo-Kaap Tour With Tea & Traditional Treat

~ Walking tour of Bo-Kaap

~ Fascinating history

~ Sights, smells and sounds of Bo-Kaap

~ Unique traditions

~ Colourful Chiappinni Street

~ Storytelling and tea in a host’s home

WALKING TOUR PHOTOS

The Best Guides Are The People Who Live There

A personal insight into a neighbourhood that is bright, vibrant and rich in culture...seen through the eyes of guides whose roots run deep in the area and know the nooks & crannies better than most.

Excellent
Based on 641 reviews
Stefanie
Stefanie
2024-04-29
Ich hatte das Glück allein die Tour mit Sedick zu machen. Er hat sehr ausführlich über das Viertel Boo Kap erzählt und vieles interessantes gezeigt. Er hat sich mehr Zeit genommen als geplant. Vielen Dank dafür. Ich werde es sehr gerne weiter empfehlen.
Barbara
Barbara
2024-04-27
A experiência com o Sedick como guia foi ótima. Rendeu mais do que o previsto e tivemos uma manhã super gradável, comendo koesisters deliciosos! Recomendo demais para quem tem interesse em conhecer Bo Kaap.
Wangari
Wangari
2024-04-26
Had an amazing time touring Bo-Kaap. My guide was a fanatasic storyteller and had a lot of knowledge about Bo-Kaap and South African history. Really enjoyed learning more about the culture, trying koesister and of course looking at the beautiful scenary.
Bora
Bora
2024-04-25
The guide Sedick was born and rasied in BoKaap area, whose ancestors relocated there hundreds of years ago. It was nice to conversate and walk with him in the neighborhood
Nicolas Et Emilie
Nicolas Et Emilie
2024-04-16
Une expérience incontournable. Blois apprendrez tout sur ce quartier, son histoire, son identité, son actualité et repartirez avec des photos incroyables
Saba
Saba
2024-04-16
Thoroughly enjoyed learning about the community and their struggles during apartheid. Also, learned that they still face issues now because of gentrification. This neighborhood was always on my list of places to visit and I am so glad I booked this experience. Thank you, Rafiq!
Hatice
Hatice
2024-04-16
We really enjoyed the tour. It was better than what we expected. Rafiq is such a kind man with allot of knowledge. This was one of the best things what we did during our holiday in Cape Town. This is a must to do when you visit Cape Town, so don’t hesitate.
Ivan
Ivan
2024-04-12
Bo-kaap is a historic neighbourhood nestled in the heart of the city. Our tour guide was very informative and shared a lot of knowledge about the community and culture that traces back hundreds of years. Highly recommended!
Vikki
Vikki
2024-03-31
Sedick was AMAZING! Having him storytell the history and authentically share his experience growing up in Bo Kaap was unbelievably educational and eye-opening. There’s an amazing sense of family, community, and sport living brightly between the colour houses of Bo Kaap, and Sedick was able to thoughtfully show us (and feed us) his culture and upbringing. 5/5 would recommend exploring one of the oldest neighbourhood in Cape Town with Sedick and his team ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dilay
Dilay
2024-03-31
Amazing tour with someone who has a lot of history to share! It has been really interesting, our guide was so kind and share many things we would never know. Must do !!

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Email: bilqees@bokaaproots.co.za

RAFIQ

Email: rafiq@bokaaproots.co.za

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