The Bo-Kaap, one of Cape Town’s jewels, is home to the first Muslim mosque in South Africa, the Bo-Kaap museum and the delicious flavours of Cape Malay home cooking.

Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the origins of the area date back to the 1760s when houses were leased to slaves.

The brightly coloured houses of the Bo-Kaap developed as a reaction to the time when all leased houses had to be white. Once the rule was lifted and slaves were allowed to buy the properties, they painted the houses in bright colours as an expression of their freedom.

SA Tourism sent some instagrammers to take in the history, colour and culture of the Bo-Kaap. Watch below to see what they found.


SA Tourism’s #Meet South Africa campaign comprises a series of videos entitled 25 Most Instagrammable Places in South Africa. Each short video depicts an Instagram-worthy area of the country.