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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When you’re downtown Cape Town you should definitely visit this colourful and expressive living quarters. Especially on bright sunny day it’s delighting your day. From dust till dawn you shouldn’t walk it.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A must visit for locals and foreigners. This is the real heritage of Cape Town and I hope and pray it will remain that. Book a guided tour.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was expecting hustle bustle and personality, but on a sunny Thursday afternoon it was quiet. Found some arts/crafts in the street and one African souvenir store but not much else. Oh well, I got some colorful photos and that was my main goal. Plus...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank writerdj
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very interesting history tour, loved the colorful houses. The koeksisters were not as great as expected

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Bo-Kaap is a delightful and neighborhood in Cape Town centre that should not be missed. Parking is difficult to find but once parked you can walk around and enjoy the colorful houses and businesses that makes this neighborhood so famous.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful houses and respect for the people for fighting for to conserve their heritage. Wished the area was bigger

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Bo Kaap is lovely to see with its hills, cobbled streets and colourful homes right in the city of Cape Town and sits nestled at the foot of Lions Head. Stroll around the colourful, historic homes and stop for a delicious local meal or...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spice shop and small museum. Worth doing the bokaap cook session as you get a tour and the cook lesson is great fun.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kaimurray500
Reviewed 1 week ago

Boo-Kaap streets are known by their bright happy Colors, its a street where you dont want to miss visiting, has alot of history and its quiet nice to walk around. This District has more than 30+ Mosques.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank souziem
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super great walking tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about past history and current stories. Well worth visiting this beautiful and colourful area. A photographers dream, even if you’re just a beginner. Thanks so much for the residents of his fine community for welcoming us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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November 15, 2018|
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Response from Mmustafaj2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can. We spent an hour taking lovely photos in that area with no problem.
February 4, 2018|
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Response from Rajasingam B | Reviewed this property |
Would suggest that a take a slow drive through the neighbourhood first. Then you park at Wale Street and take some pics nearby of the picturesque homes.
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January 12, 2018|
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Response from Marjolein W | Reviewed this property |
I agree, the area is pretty safe during daytime, so you can walk around on your own. But it is nice to get the full impact of the neighbourhood by joining a walking tour and get to know the history behind the coloured... More
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New York City
Cape Town Itinerary Help! (3 Replies)
We will be spending 4 1/2 days in Cape Town in late September. Two full days will be spent visiting the winelands and the Cape Peninsula. In the remaining 2 1/2 days, we hope to visit Table Mountain (first sunny morning!), Kirstenbosch gardens, Robben Island, District Six and Jewish museums and do a walking tour of Bo-kaap (maybe even a cooking class?). Is all of this do-able? Am I missing anything in the "must-see" category? Feeling ambivalent about the Waterfront. Sounds very touristy....More
June 24, 2017|
Response fromBucket-Listers2|
Look into taking a bead course at Streetwires....we had a great time and you really begin to appreciate all of the hours of work it takes to make the sculptures.....Take the Myciti bus to Camps Bay for a stroll and a wonderful lunch,visit wineries in Constantia on hop on hop off bus together with Kirstenbosch and Hout Bay....too many places...to little time...travel safely and enjoy......you can always private message me if you have questions
Saint Paul, Minnesota
6 days, 7 nights to cover GR and Cape Town - Advice Needed (0 Replies)
I know we don't have enough time to see and do everything, so I am trying to structure an itinerary which hits the things that are most interesting to us. We arrive in PE at 6pm on 18 November and depart Cape Town mid morning on 25 November. We want to do an assortment of hiking, wildlife, wine, culture, history. Here is our list: Storms River Mouth and Suspension Bridge Knysna Heads Emzini Township Tour in Knysna (or other) Tenikwa Wildlife Awarenes Center or Goukamma Nature...More
September 24, 2017|
Courtney R
Greensboro, North Carolina
Fitting Wine Country into Itererary (1 Replies)
First trip to South Africa planned for Nov. Right now, we're not really sure how to spend our last day in Cape Town. Our current Itinerary is: Day 1: Walking tour of Historic Area, District 6 Museum, Bo-Kaap Museum and/or Walking Tour Day 2 (Sunday): Renting a car and driving to Cape Point, Simmons Town, Boulder Beach. We're planning to do Table Mt. in the morning, if it's open. Day 3: Hop-on/Hop-off Bus to Waterfront Area, Aquarium, Harbor Tour, Zeitz MOCAA. That night we're...More
October 17, 2016|
Response fromcbir|
Robben Island. Seal Rock. Kirstenbosch Gardens, if interested. I wouldn't be too stringent with planning. Robben Island and Table Mtn (and whale watching) are weather dependent. Do them on the days the weather is good and do everything else if it's not perfect. You can combine day 1 & 3 unless I'm missing something. If possible, do the Cape of Good Hope, penguins and Seal Rock on a weekday and get an early start for less traffic. Since you will have a car, you could do a scenic...More