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Bo Kaap is the Cape Malay quarter in Cape Town. Here, at the foot of Signal Hill, is where the muslim community lives in very pretty houses that are all painted in vivid colors. Most of the inhabitants of Bo Kaap are descended from slaves who, in the 16th and 17th century, were brought to South Africa by the Dutch VOC Company. They came from other countries in Africa, from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, etc. These first muslim slaves have played a very important part in the language and the culture of Cape town and South Africa in general. For instance, everywhere in the Western Cape you will find “Cape Malay cuisine”, a successful mixture of meat or fish with veggies, fruits and - of course - spices.
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Bo-Kaap is a very cool area of very brightly coloured houses. The houses are brightly coloured to signify the freedom to do as they wish after the many years of oppression. These houses are apparently still lived in by members of the families who originally built them.
Every year on the 2nd of January the Bo Kaap celebrates a big street party, the "Coon Carnival" in the centre of town. It was originally introduced by the Muslim slaves who celebrated their only day off work in the whole year. Nowadays men, woman and children march from the Grand Parade to the Green Point stadium, singing and dancing and playing Banjo-like instruments.. They wear colourful, shiny suits, white hats and carry a sun umbrella.
You will also find them busking at other times – this was at Hout Bay.
Also known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap is mainly inhabited by descendants of slaves who were brought from India and the East Indies in the early days. This area of narrow, cobblestone streets and mosques is notable for a distinctive brightly coloured houses. Many of the flat-roofed houses date from the 18th century.
A very colourful quarter
In the Bo-Kaap district you find streets of brightly coloured 19th century Dutch and Georgian houses with terraces. The residents are descended from the slaves and dissidents imported by the Dutch. Best time of the day to be here is by the end of the afternoon, or early mornings to get the best picture results.
There's also the Bo-Kaap Museum, where we didn't go, but it seems to be quite interesting.
Bo-Kaap and the Bo-Kaap...
Bo-Kaap and the Bo-Kaap Museum.
It is only a small area above the cantral business district of Cape Town. A small residential area not even 2 kilometres in extent, nor half a kilometre at its widest point.
Wonderful coloured houses.
This part of town is also known as the Malay Quarter.
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Bo-Kaap cooking course
One of the nicest ways to spend a morning in the Bo-Kaap is to do a cooking course with Gadiedja. She will show you how to make samoesa's, roti, curry and sambal.
- Food and Dining
If you are into photography, you have to visit the Bo-Kaap. Its colourful houses offer plenty of opportunity for some great shots.
- Historical Travel
Bo Kaap Neighborhood
This brightly-colored neighborhood is where the Malay Muslim community lives in Cape Town. It's worth a walk through and Cape Malay cuisine should definitely be sampled.
- Arts and Culture
Bo Kaap. Mosques and colorful houses.
This is a really nice place to visit. It´s like a city inside a city, nice pastel coloured houses and mosques.
Bo kaap - views
Bo kaap is situated at the foothills of Table Mountain in the City Bowl. If you drive up Wale Street you will get fantastic views of Table Mountain as well as the colourfully painted houses
This neighborhood with its colorful houses is the home of Cape Town's Muslim population, many of them descendants of slaves brought in from South-East Asia.
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