November 11, 2010
Exploring the Bo-Kaap – A Cape Town Tourism photo essay
Summer finally arrived in Cape Town a few days ago, and on a gloriously sunny Saturday morning I decided it’s about time to go and explore the Bo-Kaap. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time. Armed with suntan lotion, a pair of good walking shoes and, of course, my camera, I ventured into town to discover one of the most fascinating and picturesque residential areas in the country.
I decided to ignoring the warning in The Rough Guide to Cape Town that “This is not really a place to explore alone.” I not only walked the well-known and busier main roads, but also ventured through most of the network of alleyways, away from the usual German tourists, to try and capture the essence of the Bo-Kaap for myself.
The suburb was surprisingly quiet, almost sleepy for a Saturday morning, with a few locals going about their daily lives. Most were friendly. I certainly never felt unsafe and I felt a bit like a tourist in my own city. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to experience all the local cultural attractions, which gives me all the more reason to return.
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