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  • Location:Cape Town, South Africa
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Cape Malay Cultural Tour of Cape Town

Discover Cape Town’s cultural heritage on a 4-hour Cape Malay tour led by an expert guide. As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town boasts a culture that draws on its colonial heritage as well as influences from its immigrant communities like the Cape Malays. On your tour, visit one of the oldest Cape Malay communities in the city -- Bo-Kaap (also known as the Malay Quarter) – and learn of its history on a tour of Bo-Kaap Museum. Walk through the streets of the City Bowl neighborhood and then finish your tour with a traditional South African meal at a private local home.


  • 4-hour cultural tour of Cape Town with an expert local guide
  • Discover the character and colorful houses of Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) and visit Bo-Kaap Museum
  • Walk around City Bowl and visit a locally renowned spice shop
  • Get a glimpse of home life in modern-day home Cape Town while enjoying a traditional meal at a private home
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Cape Town hotels included

What You Can Expect

Cape Malay Cultural Tour of Cape Town

Cape Malay Cultural Tour of Cape Town

Leave your central Cape Town hotel by minibus and head to Bo-Kaap on Signal Hill. Also known as the Malay Quarter, the neighborhood is steeped in history, being largely a community of Malay slaves' descendants. Aside from the area’s brightly colored houses, the main attraction here is Bo-Kaap Museum -- a beautiful building that documents the history of the Cape Malay community. On a tour with your guide, stroll around the rooms of this 18th-century museum, checking out exhibits like the black-and-white photos of local life, while hearing history of the area from your guide.

Continue your tour down the slopes of Signal Hill to City Bowl to discover the area that’s considered the heart of Cape Town. Lying at the foot of Table Mountain, City Bowl is home to some of the city’s most eye-catching Cape Malay architecture and your guide will point out several of its most interesting examples. Visit a traditional spice shop to learn about the aromatic spices that are prevalent in the local cuisine, and chat with the shop owner about South African food and life in the city.

While exploring the colorful streets of City Bowl, your guide will introduce you to your dinner hosts who will welcome you into their house for a home-cooked traditional meal. Termed as ‘rainbow cuisine’ for its multicultural influences, South African food is distinctly varied, with curries and meat dishes being prominent. The meal served varies by day, but you can expect to enjoy a curry or perhaps a delicious chicken, fish or vegetable stew.

After spending an hour eating and chatting with your guide and hosts about Cape Malay culture and South African cuisine, hop back on board your minibus and return to your Cape Town hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

The cultural tour is a great way to experience a country. It's not for the destination; it's for understanding the people who live in the destination.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Our guide was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed her hospitality and hearing about a lesser known Cape Town story.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2014

Totally disappointing and a waste of time. Got walked around streets looking at the houses which I could have done myself. Very beautiful but no need for a guide to show me what I can see without adding anything. Dinner with a family was very good and culturally interesting but that alone wasnt enou

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