- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Sitting near the heart of the city at the foot of Signal Hill (one of Cape Town's most easily recognizable mountains), this vibrant neighborhood houses Cape Town's Muslim community. Bo-Kaap is truly a treat for the eyes, characterized by its brightly colored houses and fascinating community. The residents of Bo-Kaap are the descendants of "Cape Malays," slaves brought by Dutch settlers from Malaysia, Indonesia, and numerous African countries. To learn more about the origins of this neighborhood's residents, visit the Bo-Kaap Museum, which occupies the area's oldest building. For 10 ZAR (a little over $1 USD), visitors can explore this small yet fascinating museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Recent visitors say that a visit to Bo-Kaap is worth it for the photo ops. But according to one TripAdvisor user, "Bo-Kaap is good to see because of the colorful houses and the diverse feeling of the place. However, there isn't much to do here."
This neighborhood can be reached on foot from downtown Cape Town or the V&A Waterfront or by cab from Table Mountain or the beaches. You can visit Bo-Kaap any time, day or night, but you will want to exercise caution when walking around after dark. To learn more about what to see and do in Bo-Kaap, visit Cape Town Tourism's website.