About Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap, a colorful treat to the eyes, is a relaxing break from the coastlines and huge glass skyscrapers. The place has a lot of history to it. In the year 1760, Jan de Waal bought a piece of land near Signal Hill. This land was later leased to the Muslim slaves who were brought from Indonesia and Malaysia. Initially, the leased houses were painted in white. Many years later, the slaves were liberated and to mark the celebration of that day, they painted their streets and houses in bright beautiful colors. Thus,  Bo-Kaap still remains one of the beautiful places in the city. The oldest house in the street has been converted into a museum that treasures the historic remnants of the Islamic culture of Cape Town.

Must See

  • Do check out the Nurul Islam Mosque. It was established in 1844 and is located around this area.
  • Bo-Kaap is famous for its cobblestoned streets and brightly-hued homes. This is a melting pot of cultures with the majority of its population being Muslims.
  • Go to the Bo-Kaap Museum. It treasures the historic remnants of the Islamic culture of Cape Town.

How to reach

It is only 660 meters from the city center. You can walk to the destination.


  • Always be aware of pickpocketers and street robbers.
  • Do not walk alone in this area after 8 p.m.
  • Do not take food or water inside the museum.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Smoking is not permitted.
  • Do not touch anything on display.
  • Heavy baggage will not be allowed inside.

Visit Time

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.




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Bo-Kaap Museum

  • Adults R20
  • 6-18 years R10
  • SA Students and pensioners R10
  • Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) R50
  • Children under the age of 5 can enter for free
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