After our adventure to Cape Point we had planned to head up Table Mountain but the crazy Cape Town wind had other plans. Not to be deterred, we hopped in another uber and after a quick Google search headed back down the hill to the place I was most excited to visit on this leg of the trip – Bo-Kaap.
Literally meaning ‘Upper Cape’ you’ll find Bo-Kaap perched on the slopes of Signal Hill, looking down into Cape Town’s city centre.
Turn a corner and be prepared to be wowed by rows of the most colourful houses you ever did see. Vibrant blues, oranges, pinks, greens popping out at you, so warming to the soul. Wow this place is dreamy.
It turned into the perfect soothing end to what had become quite the adventure of a day. We were more than content to simply wander around and absorb the peaceful energy of this beautiful place.
It’s simply impossible to go to Bo-Kaap and not crack a smile. I mean, it’s worth going for the photo opps alone. We even caught glimpse of the loveliest of weddings… Imagine having this as the backdrop for your wedding pictures!
How they keep the houses looking this good I have no clue.
Bo-Kaap is, traditionally, associated with Cape Town’s Muslim community. Like all of South Africa, it has a tumultuous history. During apartheid, the area was declared to be exclusively for Muslims under the 1950 Group Areas Act, forcing those of other religions and beliefs to leave.
Nowadays, like so many picturesque city districts, the area is reportedly experiencing gentrification with its rising popularity pushing up prices.
With pretty cobbled streets, multi-coloured houses perched on the hill’s steep slopes and a fascinating culture and history Bo-Kaap is well worth the trip. Though closed during our visit, the area’s museum – simply named Bo-Kaap Museum – offers more insight into the story of this beautiful corner of Cape Town.
Sorry Notting Hill, Bo-Kaap wins my heart every time.