A Tale of Two Cities

We start off the tour at the Cape Malay Quarters in the Bo-Kaap then visit the Afrikaans Taal Museum in Paarl. A visit to this historical Bo-Kaap will give you insight into the Cape Malay community in South Africa. An experienced, registered tour guide as well as a resident of the area will walk you through the old cobbled stone streets, and share with you the history and interesting stories of this area.

Tour code: Y4
Minimum of 4 people

Some interesting facts

Nestled on the slopes of Signal Hill just above the city centre, the Bo-Kaap is renowned for its colourful people and brightly painted buildings – and is one of the most photographed areas of Cape Town.
It was established around the mosque, which was built in 1792 and disguised as a warehouse. With the emancipation of slaves in 1834, many settled on the slopes of Signal Hill above Cape Town (Bo-Kaap), where land had been developed as a residential area for the poorer community, as it was within easy walking distance to work.
There was a strong Islamic influence amongst the slaves, led initially by political prisoners from Malaysia. Over the years, this religious community became known as the 'Cape Malays’. The Cape Malay helped to pioneer not only Islam in the Cape but also Afrikaans and traditional Cape cuisine and music.


On request


Duration: Full Day

Start Location: Bo-Kaap

Pack: Camera


  • Experience a ‘hands-on’ cooking session at the home of a traditional Cape Malay family
  • Lunch- Traditional Cape Malay dishes
  • Afrikaans Taal Museum in Paarl - linking up the tale of the Afrikaans with the Malay culture and their cross-culture of Indonesian languages.