Posts tagged: Bo-Kaap

The Bo-Kaap in Cape Town is one of the world’s most photographed areas, not just by tourists like me, but also by the professionals who are drawn to the brightly coloured houses as a backdrop for a fashion shoot.

Originally known as Wallendorp, the Bo-Kapp, which means Top Cape, was founded in the 1760s by Jan de Waal to house the slaves that the Dutch brought from their eastern colonies. Read more ›››


As we were turning the car to leave the B0-Kaap, another was coming up Wale Street. It turned right and stopped at the entrance to one of the many side streets, the passenger wound down the window, took a photo and then they were off again.

That seems to be what the Bo-Kaap means to many visitors — a quick photo opportunity because of its brightly painted houses and nothing more which is sad because the area has a rich history, both in its own right and as a microcosm for South Africa as a whole. Read more ›››