Cape Town - Bokaap
Geography and History
Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa formerly known as the Malay Quarter.
It is quintessentially a Township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. The Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844, is located in the area.
Known for its brightly coloured houses and situated at the foot of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap is the spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community.
Bo-Kaap has a fascinating history. Many of the residents are descendants of slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and various African countries, who were "imported" to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries. The area is known for its romantic cobble stoned streets.
Bo-Kaap has a variety of accommodation options available from Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts to Self-catering units.
For the tourist, Cape Town offers a variety of activities and attractions, such as the Two Oceans Aquarium, Ratanga Junction Theme Park, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, craft markets, the BMW Pavilion, IMAX Theatre and numerous shopping centres.
There are many restaurants on offer to suit every visitors budget. There is a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from!
See our business directory for a list of businesses in Bo-Kaap, or add your own free business listing.
For more information, please visit www.cape-town-info.co.za.
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