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Bo-kaap Neighborhood

The red hop on hop off tourist bus offers free walking tours to its passengers at certain times every day. You can get off at the Long Street stop and join these tours. However, this street is said to be a bit dangerous to walk on your own. Walking tours start from this stop and end at the same place and take ninety minutes. Most of the walk takes place in the 'Muslim Quarter' called Bo-kaap. It is perhaps one of the most photographed places in Cape Town with its colorful houses and streets lined up in rows.

This neighborhood was actually the place where slaves called Malays, brought from Africa and Malaysia during the Dutch colonial period, were settled, and the houses that were bought by a Dutchman in the 18th century and given to the slaves as a loan. The majority of slaves were Muslims. Therefore, in this neighborhood, which is the center of the local Cape Malay culture, you come across colorful minarets as well as colorful houses. The Muslim influence is known to be quite reliable and they have a good reputation for that.

On the walking route, we also stop at the Cape Heritage Hotel on Bree Street. Located in Heritage Square, this hotel is a very fun place surrounded by cafes and bars. The hotel has been preserved by preserving its historical structure. Even if you don't stay, you can stop by for a coffee in the courtyard and breathe the historical air.

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