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Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat

culture walk

Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat

5 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English
culture walk

Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat

culture walk

Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat

5 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

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 :-).

Your host

Rafiq

Rafiq

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&sectionId=a8ad7b7e-0eb6-4ad8-976f-202046159c18&source=p2

What's included

Food
We will be having a traditional snack called a koesister
Drinks
We will enjoy rooibos tea which is only located in the Cape.

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Where you'll be

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.

Availability

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Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Rafiq
Bo-Kaap: Beauty and the Beat
5 reviews
From $38/person
5 reviews
From $38/person