It is often said that the best way to discover a city is to put on your walking shoes and get lost in the nooks and crannies. It is the best way to stumble upon quaint shops, learn about the locals and see a city.
A better way to discover a city is to join a free walking tour which will take you through the nooks and crannies but with the benefit of learning about the history, myths and stories behind the streets you walk through.
If you haven’t previously heard of free walking tours (where have you been), no, I just joke. So most cities around the world offer these guided tours on foot. The next time you decide to take a trip, remember to Siri to Google – free walking tours followed by the cities name, to see if these free tours are available.
I spent Easter this year, in Cape Town and decided to take an adventure through the streets of the Bo-Kaap. In Cape Town, the tours are run by Nielson Tours. I will leave a link below to the website details and the other contact details.
Bo Kaap Tour
The group was guided by Daniel (tour master) from Greenmarket Square, for 1.5 hours. Remember, the guides do not earn a salary, so a good tip (if you enjoyed) is always welcome.
I am not going to give too much of details about the tour itself, as I do not want to spoil the experience for those who decide to join the Bo Kaap tour. To summarise, Daniel walked us through the streets whilst giving us deep insight into the history of area, the Cape Malay people, the myths and the best eating spots (Biesmiellah Restaurant as pictured below). He also warns against the general do’s and donts when in the city of Cape Town.
I would definitely recommend the tour to locals and international guests. It is not quite the same if you walk through these streets alone.
For more information and details on other tours provided by Cape Town Free Walking Tours, visit: