Have you really visited a new country if you haven’t immersed yourself into its culture? You may ask yourself, what is the best way to do this. Why not go on a tour? Sure, you will see all the highlights and tick all the right boxes, but have you really connected with the energy of the people? Engaging with the locals is paramount when the goal is to feel the heart and soul of a city. We introduce to you, the Ellerman House Bo-Kaap Walking Tour.


Bo-Kaap (roughly translated to High-Cape) is aptly named as the small suburb that sits high on the slopes of Signal Hill, over-looking the Cape Town city bowl. The very first fragment of land ‘gifted’ to the Muslim community by the Dutch, is easily identified by the colourful homes of the residents. Many theories linger as to the genesis of this animated colour palate chosen for the buildings, all of which will be delved into by your guide, Yusuf Voterson.

Yusuf will take you on a walking tour through the streets of Bo-Kaap and introduce you to pillars of the community that helped create the world you are visiting. Ranging from respected elders to local hero’s.

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Enjoy a traditional Cape Malay lunch in one of the colourful homes. Experience true South African hospitality, while enjoying a delicious home-made meal. With pre-arrangement, you can join in the preparations and learn about the Cape Malay cooking techniques.

Your tour ends with meeting Ellerman House Executive Chef, Grant Daniels – a Cape Malay cuisine expert. Visit Atlas Trading, Cape Town’s iconic spice shop and learn about the different flavours on offer while selecting the spices for your evenings Cape Malay tasting menu dinner.

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Still a thriving society, the threat of gentrification looms. Take part in the Ellerman House Bo-Kaap walking tour, meet the people and understand why it is important to keep this vibrant community alive.

Guests are invited to download our concierge app or contact our concierge team to reserve this or any of our other Signature Tours or Exceptional Ellerman Experiences.