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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Cape Towns Gem-A Tale of Trial & Triumph

Cape Town, South AfricaPart of Airbnb Online Experiences collection

Online experience hosted by Rafiq

60 minsHosted in English
Join online
Meet your host live on Zoom.
Up to 6 people
Private groups available for up to 30.

What you'll do

Take a virtual walk with me as we look back into the history of one of the most celebrated suburbs in South Africa. Bo-Kaap is the oldest suburb in South Africa to be inhabited by slaves and exiles from Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Africa. Amongst them were highly skilled artisans, scholars, religious leaders and political exiles. Their influence on, and contribution to the Cape Colony still resonates in the few remaining cobblestone streets of Bo-Kaap.
Like the unmistakable aroma of Cape Malay cuisine, our tour meanders through the customs, cultures and traditions of this small community.

From here we move onto modern day Bo-Kaap with its modern day challenges.

With its strong history of resistance and resilience in the face of slavery and later apartheid, a new threat is at our door. Gentrification is sweeping across the world and Bo-Kaap with its community is no exception. Bo-Kaap is prime real estate and as it strives to preserve its living heritage, is not safe from the gentrification’s gluttonous grasp.

I hope you will have a sense of our history, culture and challenges we have to overcome to hold on to our beautiful culture.

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Take a virtual walk with me as we look back into the history of one of the most celebrated suburbs in South Africa. Bo-Kaap is the oldest suburb in South Africa to be inhabited by slaves and exiles from Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Africa. Amongst them were highly skilled artisans, scholars, religious leaders and political exiles. Their influence on, and contribution to the Cape Colony still resonates in the few remaining cobblestone streets of…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Use Zoom to participate on your desktop or mobile device. After you book you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Rafiq can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at $157.

Meet your host, Rafiq

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 33 Reviews
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I’ve travelled through 13 countries and there is nothing that fills me with so much wonder as the natural beauty, rich history and culture that Cape Town and more specifically Bo-Kaap has to offer. My love for this city led me to becoming a qualified tour guide for the greater Cape Town area over 10 years ago. But Bo-Kaap is close to my heart and as a way to share its unique culture and heritage, I started two different Airbnb experiences in Bo-Kaap. My ratings for these are 4,9 and 5 respectively. I aim to similarly meet your expectations.
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Sun, 9 May
$20 per person
4:30 AM - 5:30 AM (EDT)
$20 per person
Tue, 11 May
$20 per person
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
$20 per person
Tue, 11 May
$20 per person
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
$20 per person

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Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 33 reviews.

Yoko
May 2021
ケープタウン近郊のBo-Kaapというエリアの驚きの歴史と、近年あった住民達の活動のお話。Rafiqさんが熱く語ってくれる。さて、顛末はいかに?最後のクイズをはずしたのは悔やまれる。南アフリカは遠いけど、トヨタカローラが、でてきてちょっと身近になりました。
Pauline
April 2021
Rafiq was a great host. It is always nice to experience to a new place from a local's perspective. I learned a lot from the experience. Thank you!
Stephanie
April 2021
This was a very informative experience. Rafiq painted such a clear picture of Bo Kaap's history and current issues, while giving us a quick background on the country's culture, in a short period of time.
Ploy
April 2021
Rafiq was a great host. It was always nice to listen to the local perspective. I learned a lot from the experience and of course Bo Kaap was very beautiful. Thank you!
Aparna
March 2021
Very interesting insight into Cape Town. Rafiq is very clearly passionate about his theme and this comes across in his tour. Highly recommended.
Jutta
March 2021
We had a very interesting tour to Bo-Kap. We had a good time and even met new fun folks. So cheerio its worth it, thank you Rafiq

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.