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.
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.