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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Cape Towns Gem-A Tale of Trial & Triumph

Cape Town, South AfricaPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Rafiq

60 mins
Up to 6 people
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Take a virtual walk with me as we look back into the history of one of the most celebrated suburbs in South Africa. Bo-Kaap is the oldest suburb in South Africa to be inhabited by slaves and exiles from Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Africa. Amongst them were highly skilled artisans, scholars, religious leaders and political exiles. Their influence on, and contribution to the Cape Colony still resonates in the few remaining cobblestone streets of Bo-Kaap.
Like the unmistakable aroma of Cape Malay cuisine, our tour meanders through the customs, cultures and traditions of this small community.

From here we move onto modern day Bo-Kaap with its modern day challenges.

With its strong history of resistance and resilience in the face of slavery and later apartheid, a new threat is at our door. Gentrification is sweeping across the world and Bo-Kaap with its community is no exception. Bo-Kaap is prime real estate and as it strives to preserve its living heritage, is not safe from the gentrification’s gluttonous grasp.

I hope you will have a sense of our history, culture and challenges we have to overcome to hold on to our beautiful culture.

Kindly ensure that you have high speed internet for an audio clip to play.
Other things to note
The experience is best viewed from a computer, tablet or phone
Take a virtual walk with me as we look back into the history of one of the most celebrated suburbs in South Africa. Bo-Kaap is the oldest suburb in South Africa to be inhabited by slaves and exiles from Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Africa. Amongst them were highly skilled artisans, scholars, religious leaders and political exiles. Their influence on, and contribution to the Cape Colony still resonates in the few remaining cobblestone streets of…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
From $12
/ person
Sat, Nov 28
3:30 AM - 4:30 AM (EST)
$12 per person
$12 per person
Sat, Nov 28
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)
$12 per person
$12 per person
Sat, Nov 28
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
$12 per person
$12 per person

Meet your host, Rafiq

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 10 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I’ve travelled through 13 countries and there is nothing that fills me with so much wonder as the natural beauty, rich history and culture that Cape Town and more specifically Bo-Kaap has to offer. My love for this city led me to becoming a qualified tour guide for the greater Cape Town area over 10 years ago. But Bo-Kaap is close to my heart and as a way to share its unique culture and heritage, I started two different Airbnb experiences in Bo-Kaap. My ratings for these are 4,9 and 5 respectively. I aim to similarly meet your expectations.
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Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 10 reviews.

Heila
November 2020
Rafiq is an excellent storyteller and very informative. We felt as if we were with him in Cape Town walking through the streets and learning about it's history. We had an amazing time and I highly recommend this experience! Rafiq, we can't wait to fly to cape town to go on another tour with you!
Rafiq is an excellent storyteller and very informative. We felt as if we were with him in Cape Town walking through the streets and learning about it's history. We had an amazing t…
Leslie
October 2020
Rafiq brought insight into a neighborhood and culture in Cape Town that I didn’t know existed. He has a unique history to share, and was warm and enthusiastic.
Norshida
October 2020
Rafiq was an enthusiastic storyteller who shared about the history of the fascinating Cape Malays and also their neighbourhood of Bo Kaap through personal stories, images and videos. I was truly amazed at the community's togetherness in preserving the historical area and wish them well. Being Malay from another part of the world, I very much enjoyed our conversations about the similarities and differences our cultures. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who has an interest in culture and history or South Africa in general.
Rafiq was an enthusiastic storyteller who shared about the history of the fascinating Cape Malays and also their neighbourhood of Bo Kaap through personal stories, images and video…
Rena
September 2020
This was so interesting. Rafiq knows the history and he also has a personal connection to it. We felt his passion about the area and we learned a lot.
Sandra
September 2020
I really enjoyed the online virtual experience with Rafiq as his English is excellent and he paces his story telling very well. He also shared many personal experiences that actually helped shape bo-kaap giving me a real insight and experience of bo-kaap from a local person who cares deeply for his community. Truly an awesome virtual experience.
I really enjoyed the online virtual experience with Rafiq as his English is excellent and he paces his story telling very well. He also shared many personal experiences that actua…
Rashmi
August 2020
This experience was a wonderful insight into the lives of the residents of Bo-Kaap. Rafiq threaded the story of his beautiful neighborhood with the story of his own life, and kept us enthralled. His friendliness, superb storytelling and the connection he made with his tour group caused us to become very invested in his story and his community. Thank you, Rafiq!
This experience was a wonderful insight into the lives of the residents of Bo-Kaap. Rafiq threaded the story of his beautiful neighborhood with the story of his own life, and kept…

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    3:30 AM - 4:30 AM (EST)
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  • Sat, Nov 28
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)
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  • Sat, Nov 28
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
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  • Sat, Nov 28
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    $12 per person
  • Sun, Nov 29
    3:30 AM - 4:30 AM (EST)
    $12 per person
  • Sun, Nov 29
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)
    $12 per person
  • Sun, Nov 29
    1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    $12 per person
  • Sun, Nov 29
    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    $12 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.