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Get to know Cape Malay cultural history in South Africa’s oldest city, Cape Town, during a 4-hour guided tour. Learn how the culture of modern Cape Town is a blend of colonial and immigrant cultures, such as that of the Cape Malay people. Visit the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood, also called the Malay Quarter, including the Bo-Kaap Museum. Walk around in the City Bowl neighborhood before capping off your tour with a traditional South African meal in a private home.

Highlights

  • 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

Meet your guide and board a minibus in Cape Town’s city center to drive to Signal Hill, where the Bo-Kaap neighborhood is located. This area is sometimes called the Malay Quarter, as it was inhabited at one time primarily by the descendants of Malay slaves.

Bo-Kaap is immediately recognizable for its brightly-colored and photogenic houses, but the other main draw is the Bo-Kaap Museum. The museum, housed in an 18th century building, covers the history of the Cape Malay community in detail. With your guide filling in details, tour the museum’s exhibits, including historic photographs of life for locals in this area.

Back in the minibus, make your way down Signal Hill to City Bowl, right at the base of Table Mountain. This is thought by many to be Cape Town’s heart, with some excellent examples of Cape Malay architecture to see. Pay a visit to a local spice shop to learn more about the spices that go into local traditional dishes, as well as South African cuisine in general.

Walk through the City Bowl area with your guide, who will introduce the hosts inviting you into their home for dinner. They’ll prepare a traditional meal of South African food, and although the dishes served will vary depending on the season, the menu is likely to feature a curry or stew of chicken, vegetables or fish.

Dinner lasts about an hour, during which you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions of your guide and dinner hosts about Cape Malay culture and cuisine. After dinner, climb back into your minibus for the return drive to your hotel in Cape Town.

Customer Reviews

DrHoward

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.

Lou A

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.

Mervyn L

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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