Bo-kaap is an area located underneath Lion’s Head. It’s full of beautiful colourful houses, and old mosques. You can see the entire city and Lion’s head was illuminated by the setting sun.
Bo-kaap is an area that was originally settled by freed slaves who’d been brought to Cape Town by the Dutch East Indian Trading Company. Most of these slaves had been brought over from Southeast Asia. The term Cape Malay refers in part to the fact that many of these slaves came from parts of Malaysia. The first South African mosque was built there in 1794. The area is home to a large number of traditional Cape Malay restaurants, and still retains a strong Islamic culture. When we were there, you could hear the singing for the evening prayer.