We start the tour at 71 Wale Street where we discuss the origins of the oldest suburb in South Africa. Our walk then takes us past the Auwal Mosque, which is the oldest mosque in South Africa, dating back to 1794, when it was started by slaves in defiance of Dutch law. From here, we walk down the street with all the colourful houses. This is the most-photographed street in South Africa. We then work our way towards Cape Town’s famed spice shop, Atlas, where you will smell the heady aromas of spices used in everyday Cape Malay cooking. These are the same spices used by slaves as an expression of freedom in their masters’ kitchens. The tour then ends with a 30 minute traditional Ghoema music session, which is unique to this culture. The music is rooted in slavery. Slaves were not allowed to speak up against the authorities, but expressed it in the form of singing. We will savour a local snack and cup of tea at a host’s home as well. Four types of songs are sung. The session is quite interactive as a brief explanation of each song is provided to the guests and who knows, you may be able to sing along as well :-).
We are descendants from the slaves brought to the Cape by the early Dutch settlers to Bo-Kaap, & feel connected to the rich history of the area. It's this deep love that fuels our desire to share with you this beautiful and intricately woven culture that is unmatched anywhere in the world. As residents and qualified tour guides with many years' experience, we will show you Bo-Kaap beyond the postcard pictures. I have had great success with my Bo-Kaap:Walk with a Local tour and you will enjoy this experience too. Check out my other experience https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/210003?currentTab=experience_tab&federatedSearchId=e71d24a2-c8df-4ba1-995d-6fde7cfa30ab&searchId=45b79a88-4ed1-4b6c-9f7c-43c7f60f55a7§ionId=a8ad7b7e-0eb6-4ad8-976f-202046159c18&source=p2
We will be having a traditional snack called a koesister
We will enjoy rooibos tea which is only located in the Cape.
The local traditional music is unique to Cape Town and our culture. The music is similar to the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Some of the songs are upbeat and fun, even though they were songs of resistance. The other songs can be quite moving as well. The colourful houses are a major attraction, however the history of the community, it's cultures and traditions are what sets it apart from other areas.
Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat