South Africa – The colorful charm of the Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

If there is a cool neighborhood that is now very fashionable in Cape Town , and you should discover on your trip to South Africa , that is the old Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap .

Bo-Kaap is another reflection of the multiracial spirit of this African country, since its origin is found in the Malaysian slaves who came to this territory in the mid-seventeenth century along with the first Dutch white settlers.

These slaves of Muslim religion were concentrated in houses that were built on the side of Signal Hill .

Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town in South Africa
Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town in South Africa

Now as soon as you get to Bo-Kaap , as it was my case during the Africa Adventure , you realize why it is a neighborhood that is very visited by tourists who travel to Cape Town .

It is a neighborhood of low houses with very colorful and well-kept facades, which gives it a very special charm.

In the undoubtedly you will be struck by the presence of the current Muslim residents, descendants of those first Malaysian slaves.

Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town in South Africa
Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town in South Africa

Of course on your walk through Bo-Kaap you will see some mosques.

And I tell you that if your visit coincides with the prayer schedule, as was our case, you will be surprised to even be invited to enter a mosque, which you know is forbidden for non-practitioners in most Muslim countries.

Do not be surprised to cross with a lot of young white people, because now Bo-Kaap is fashionable as a place of residence for young people.

Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town in South Africa
Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town in South Africa

For this reason you will also find several Bread & Breakfast and small charming hotels.

In short, a neighborhood that you should not miss on your trip to Cape Town, where you will see another of the very diverse faces that this city has.

Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town in South Africa
Malay neighborhood of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town in South Africa