Cape Town – The colourful district of Bo-Kaap (South Africa)

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The colourful Bo-Kaap district is one of Cape Town’s main attractions. The colourful district in the heart of the city is often referred to as the Malay Quarter, Slamsebuurt or Schotschekloof.


Things to know about Cape Town

Cape Town is the second largest cityin South Africa after Johannesburg with a population of around 4 million. The city was named after the “Cape of Good Hope”, which is located about 45 kilometers to the south and posed a major danger to shipping by sea to India. The Cape Town skyline is dominated by the 1,087-metre-high Table Mountain,Signal Hill, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak.

The climate is influenced by the Atlantic: in the summer months of December to February, the monthly maximums are around 25° C and in the winter months of July and August 17° C. The University of Cape Town is one of the oldest universities on the African continent. To the In addition to Table Mountain, the most popular sights include the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (built on the model of the Waterfront in San Francisco), the Castle of Good Hope, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Long Street, the Prison Island of Robben Island and the beaches of the tourist suburbs of Camps Bay and Clifton.

The Bo-Kaap district in Cape Town

The Bo-Kaap district, which is only about 1 km in size, is located at the foot of Signal Hill and has a population of about 6,000.

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View of the Bo-Kaap district in Cape Town

The colorful houses of Bo-Kaap

Due to its colorful rows of houses, cobbled streets and numerous mosques, the district is a well-known tourist attraction. Today, the district is predominantly Muslim. In the 18th century, the neighborhood was settled by Southeast Asian slaves, known as Kapmalays, after they were released from slavery.

We parked near the Hilton Cape Town City Centre on Buitengracht Street and were able to go straight up Wale Street and marvel at the first colourful houses. Since we were here at lunchtime, very few people were on the way. By the way, half an hour was enough for us to take some photos and stroll through the alleys on foot.

All travelogues from South Africa & Zimbabwe

All travel reports from our trip through South Africa and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. South Africa Day 01 Travel planning for South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe (Africa) (Südafrika)
Day 02 Cape Town – The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (South Africa)
Day 03 Cape Town – The colourful district of Bo-Kaap (South Africa)
Day 04 Cape Town – Table Mountain, Signal Hill & the Noon Gun (South Africa)
Day 05 Cape Town – Hout Bay & Chapman’s Peak Drive (South Africa)
Day 06 Cape of Good Hope – The Southern Tip of Africa (South Africa)
Day 07 Muizenberg – The colorful beach houses & World of Birds (South Africa)
Day 08 Simons Town – The Penguins at Boulders Beach (South Africa)
Day 08 Cape Town – Swimming with sea lions in Hout Bay (South Africa)
Day 09 The Imhoff Farm – Riding on the beach of Noordhoek (South Africa)
Day 09 Betty’s Bay – The Penguin Colony at Stony Point (South Africa)
Day 10 Cape Agulhas & De Hoop Nature Reserve (South Africa)
Day 11 Garden Route – The Gondwana Game Reserve in Mossel Bay (South Africa)
Day 12 Gondwana Game Reserve – Safari & the Big Five (South Africa)
Day 13 Oudtshoorn – The Cango Wildlife Ranch (South Africa)
Day 14 Panorama Route – God’s Window & Blyde River Canyon (South Africa)
Day 15 Kruger National Park – Safari & Lower Sabie Restcamp (South Africa)
Day 16 Kruger National Park – Safari & Olifants Restcamp (South Africa)
Day 17 Kruger National Park – Safari & Shingwedzi Restcamp (South Africa)
Day 18 Kruger National Park – Safari & Punda Maria Gate (South Africa)
Day 19 Pretoria – Nelson Mandela Statue & Union Buildings (South Africa)
Day 19 Johannesburg – Tourist Attractions & Things to Do (South Africa)
Day 20 Victoria Falls – Arrival in the City of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Day 20 Victoria Falls – The Waterfalls on the Zimbabwe Side (Zimbabwe)
Day 20 Victoria Falls – A boat trip on the Sambesi River (Zimbabwe)
Day 21 Victoria Falls – A helicopter tour over the waterfalls (Zimbabwe)
Day 21 Victoria Falls – The waterfalls on the Zambia side (Zambia)