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Colourful homes, Friendly people
It was Tweede Nuewjaarsdag, Jan 2nd, 2008, no longer a public holiday.
We'd forgotten and tried to go Zerbans @ the Garden Centre for Breakfast.
The attempted traffic's eastern diversion resulted in the familiar Kaapse Klopse (Cape Town Minstrels)music.
So park the car and join the crowds on the old forshore to watch the colourful groups parading from the Castle via Adderley and wale Streets up to the Bo Kaap.
["Our songs come from our forefathers and their fathers before. They were oppressed when they came. They came here as slaves you know and they were always the oppressed and so the only way they could express themselves was putting it in words, singing, dancing, making music and being jolly. So that the next one would think we are happy. In the meantime we are expressing our feelings about certain things"]*
Visiting Bo-kaap with a local (with lunch!)
Bo-Kaap local Yayga Arend takes you to a 1 to 2 hrs stroll to experience in his Bo-Kaap and its cuisine through the stories of past and present on the slopes of Signal Hill. View the the colorful facades of 18th century slave homes on cobbled lanes, the Bo-Kaap Museum and the oldest Mosque in the southern hemisphere, before sampling a traditional Cape Malay cuisine on the balcony of the homes of the residents in ‘The Malay’ Quarter.
Mr Arend is a very nice young man involved in many intresting cultural activities with his family.
Also you'll get to meet his family and eat some of the incredibly good food cooked by his mum!
We loved it!
(free with Cape Town Pass)
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
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.
Please have a look at my travelogue.
Bo-Kaap is a quarter in the city of Cape Town which is considered the home of the Cape Malay culture. The area has attracted muslim immigrants for the far east in the 19th century, but also other ethnic groups moved in this time to the Bo-Kaap. This led to a coulourful mixture of culture, which is not only visible in its inhabitants but also on the buildings. The Bo-Kaap is famous for their coulourful, small houses. A stroll through the streets of the Bo-Kaap is a good option to get an impression of this different part of Cape Town. For more information, there’s also a small museum.
One of the oldest residential areas of Cape Town, the Bo Kaap is a unique neighborhood with a strong cultural and social history. Home of a "Cape Malay" community, the neighborhood is a collection of brightly painted houses and mosques. Strolling through the streets (daytime and larger streets only) of the Bo Kaap provides a taste of a distinctly Cape Tonian community and lifestyle. If you find yourself in the area for dinner, try out Biesmielleh restaurant on Wale Street that serves delicious Cape Malay fare. A visit to the District Six Museum will offer some more insight into the history of the Cape Malay community of Cape Town.
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
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.
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 - 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.
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. 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 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
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