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Cape Town: 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap

1. Cape Town: 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap

A local food-lover, Faldela Tolker, will be waiting to greet you on the doorstep of her neat, lilac-colored house. She’ll welcome you into her kitchen where a large metal pot simmers on the stove, emitting a spicy aroma. Chef Faldela conducts cooking classes in her home in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. The food cooked in this predominantly Muslin neighborhood is as piquant as the hot pink and burnt-orange painted houses that rise gently up the lower slopes of Signal Hill, part of Table Mountain. Unique to the Western Cape of South Africa, Cape Malay cuisine fuses African tradition with that of Malaysian and Indonesian slaves, brought over by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries. A blend of spices — ginger, fennel, star anise, tamarind, and, most importantly, turmeric — gives the food a distinct aromatic quality. Stews, roasts, and sauce-heavy curries are popular in Malay cuisine, as are meat patties, milk, and bread puddings.

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Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

2. Cape Peninsula & Boulders Beach Private Day Tour

First, make a quick stop in the heart of Cape Town city center to discover the colorful community known as Bo-kaap. Then, head straight for the coastline. Pass by affluent suburbs with some of the best beaches near the city, stopping for photos at Camps Bay. Proceed on towards Hout Bay seated in between gigantic mountains and the Atlantic.  Enjoy an optional scenic 40-minute round-trip boat ride to Seal Island. Resume your tour via the world-famous Chapman's Peak Drive. Marvel at this road engineering feat as you wind over the edge of the mountains; this scenic drive is not for the faint-hearted. Next, arrive at the Cape of Goodhope Nature Reserve just after midday. Discover the rich plant life of the Cape, early human history, maritime history and if you are lucky you might be able to have a mini safari.  Reach the southwesternmost point of the continent - the Cape of Good Hope - and take a photo with the sign. Hiking is recommended but no swimming because of sheer riptides. Carry on to Cape Point and walk for 20 minutes one way up to a historic lighthouse. You could also take a funicular at your own account if you are not in the mood for walking. Feel free to stop for lunch at the world-class seafood restaurant with a sea view or grab a quick bite in the food shop next door. Next, embark on a journey to Simon's Town for a special date with the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Spend about 45 minutes at the penguin colony before you head back to Cape Town along the coastline. Pass through the quaint towns on this historically known Millionaire's Mile. Hear fun facts about the navy and Just Nuisance - the only dog in the world to have been an able seaman. Finally, discover Kalk Bay and Muizenberg Beach, the surfer's corner before returning to the starting point.

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Cape Town: Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap

3. Cape Town: Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap

Join a local resident for a traditional cooking class in the heart of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood. During the 2-hour interactive session, prepare a popular, three course Cape Malay meal from scratch, using authentic spices and fresh ingredients. Once the food has been cooked, sit down with your host to enjoy the true taste of Bo-Kaap, while engaging in some good, hearty conversations on family, local traditions, and the community. From a starter to a main meal, hone your cooking skills, and enjoy a truly local experience.

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Cape Town: Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class

4. Cape Town: Bo-Kapp Walking Tour and Malay Cooking Class

First, explore the beautiful Bo-Kapp as you wander its cobblestone streets on a cultural walking tour. Discover some of its oldest historical buildings and learn about the culture and traditions of the local people. Visit the first and oldest mosque in South Africa as well as the cultural museum. Make your way to the spice shop and learn about the variety and health benefits of different spices. Return to the home of your host and begin preparing a traditional Malay meal. Help fold the first course, samosas. Prepare the main meal which is chicken curry and roti flatbread. Make samabal better known as salsa salad. Then, sit down to enjoy your meal, followed by a traditional dessert of koesisters, which are spicy savoury donuts served with cardamon tea. Leave with a full belly and all recipes of what you have prepared.

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Cape Town: Half-Day Walking City Tour and African Lunch

5. Cape Town: Half-Day Walking City Tour and African Lunch

Meet your local guide and get ready to hear interesting stories about the city's rich history and heritage. Make your way to the Bartolomeu Dias monument in Cape Town Central. Learn about important figures in South Africa's history. Discover the Castle of Good Hope. Explore this pentagonal fortress considered the oldest colonial building in South Africa. Then, immerse in the history of Nelson Mandela. Visit the City Hall where he made his first speech as a free man. Also take a walk past the Parliament, the Slave Lodge, Company Gardens, Cathedral, St. Georges Mall and Greenmarket Square. Finally, take some photos of the brightly coloured houses of Bo-Kaap. The tour culminates with lunch at AfroDeli Eatery in Long Street. Experience the authentic African cuisine from Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

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Cape Town: E-scooter History Experience with Coffee

6. Cape Town: E-scooter History Experience with Coffee

Visit neighborhoods like District Six, Salt River, Woodstock, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town CBD on a half-day tour and leave with a deeper understanding of Cape Town. This experience is highly recommended for first-time travelers who are keen to learn about the past and current state of South Africa. Start in the Cape Town Business District with a welcome coffee at Yours Truly. Get briefed on the experience and get the context of Cape Town’s history. The experience is divided into 3 main parts: Part 1: History The city of Cape Town is one of our three capitals. Get a breakdown of how this agreement was formed between the British & the Dutch after the Anglo-Boer War. Part 2: Coffee The coffee scene in Cape Town has been growing and has now become the symbol of the city's melting pot of different cultures. Through the different coffee shops on the way, get to understand the city's migration story and how most people ended up in Cape Town. Part 3: Culture & Art The city is divided into many different suburbs, each with its unique story. While Cape Town has been voted as one of the most beautiful cities in the world countless times, there is a deep dark secret to this beauty that most don’t talk about—inequality. Take a deep dive into some of the city's surrounding suburbs to unpack the different cultures and people from those places. Immerse in the space to get a deeper understanding of the colorful city known as the “Mother City”.

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What people are saying about Bo-Kaap

What an awesome experience. Our hostess was friendly, funny, knowledgable and patient. With her guidance we felt confident as we prepared the different dishes amidst lots of laughter. Before we knew it we were sitting down to eat what we had prepared……, but the meal was not over before we were served a plate of koe’sisters… YUMMY. Most definitely an experience not to be missed.

The tour is really great! My special highlight was Cape Point, the view from above was simply fantastic! The fish restaurant on Boulders Beach is an absolute must - from fish to burgers to pasta - super delicious! Small drawback: our guide was unfortunately very needy, so that my girlfriend and I were annoyed after a certain time.

Faldela was amazing. She knows the history of the beautiful Bo-Kapp area and you can tell how much she loves it. Her cooking/recipes are the best. This is a must do when in Capetown. You miss a lot by skipping it. Thank you for a wonderful day.

Faldela welcomes you to its pretty colorful house. The course went really well. We met a wonderful person with whom cooking, laughing and discovery are essential.

Faldela is an incredible host and creates a warm and friendly atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this to both locals and internationals.