Bespoke Tours – Bo-Kaap and African Art

Bo Kaap Art & Cultural Tour:

This tour is a fantastic introduction to Cape Malay culture for our bespoke Artroute Tour seekers.

Starting the tour walking through the brightly coloured Cape Dutch and Goergian houses of the Cape Malay Quarters. As a member of the community Yusuf and Toufiek knows all the beautiful old stories of the homes and families, and we often stopped along the way to say hello to family and friends.

Fagmie Solomons with is Minstrel costumes, 2019.
Outside wall of the District Six Museum, old photograph of District Six, 2020.

Some of the highlights on the tour were being able to visit the Auwal Masjidas well as the Atlas trading store, and having traditional Cape Malay snacks lovingly prepared by Shiaam Mustapha at a family member’s home.

There are so many galleries and local artist studios that we will introduce you to. On this tour we included visits to three of our main contemporary art galleries and placed emphasis on work made by prominent Muslim artists from Africa. We visited a local artist’s studio in the Bo-Kaap, Ronald Muchatuta, and loved talking to him about his life in this particular neighbourhood as well as his art practice. |

We also introduce guests to artists that talk about these histories in their work and explain the importance of art activism in preserving histories.  

Toufiek Mustapha

A little about our tour guides hosting the Bo-Kaap tours:

Toufiek grew up in the Bo-Kaap, also known as the Malay quarters in Cape Town.  His family has been living in this beautiful area underneath Lion’s Head overlooking the City Bowl for five generations. When going on a Bo-Kaap tour with Toufiek you get to experience the Bo-Kaap as a local.

Toufiek’s wife, Shiaam, also offers a fantastic Cape Malay cooking coarse! Please reach out to Artroute to make your booking for a true authentic experience.

Yusuf Votterson

Yusuf grew up in District Six and experienced the displacement enforced by the Apartheid authorities to Mannenberg personally as a young man.