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Exploring Bo Kaap, Cape Town

Bo Kaap is one of the most recognisable backdrops in Cape Town. The brilliant hues of the houses are an incredible sight and you can’t help but smile!

I was out in Cape Town for a wedding – yes another one! This time, my friends Jumi and Tunde (#JumiToons woooooooooo!) and it was soooooo muuuuuuuch fuuuuuun. I met some amazing people, including my little “Cape Town Crew” – we were basically joined at the hip.

From L-R: Ayomide, DJ Skillz (aka Your Girlfriend’s Favourite DJ aka DJ of lifeeeeee! :D), Korede, Yewande and Victoria. I, of course, was behind the camera

So Bo Kaap was historically a predominantly Muslim area, referred to by some as Cape Malay Quarter due to the heritage of the original residents.

There are a few versions of the reason behind the brightly coloured houses: some say the residents painted their houses to mark the end of Apartheid and celebrate their freedom.

Walking through the pretty streets, no doubt you’ll come across locals and tourists alike, going about their business, or with cameras snapping away in front of the brightly-coloured walls. We were no exception.

We wandered through the streets at snail pace, stopping for literally millions of pictures…”hello, ANTM”

Soon we were craving a cold drink and some food. All that picture-taking is hard work you know!

We ambled towards the cool shade of Marcos African restaurant for a (semi-) traditional lunch.

They have all sorts of local game on the menu, a great test of how adventurous we were feeling. An easy choice was the “Pan-Africa platter” which has Springbok, Ostrich and Kudu. The Springbok especially was absolutely delicious!

A not-so-easy choice was the chicken hearts and livers – I won’t go into too much detail but you have to be open-minded, right?

Bellies full, it was a casual stroll back to our apartments, happily recounting the highlights of the afternoon.

On to the next adventure!

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