The residents of Bo-Kaap are mostly descended from slaves who were imported to the Cape by the Dutch during the the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They reigned from Africa, Indonesia, Java Malaysia, and elsewhere in Asia. They were known as “Cape Malays”, which is an incorrect term as most of BoKaap’s residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent. There are still traces of Indonesian vocabulary in BoKaap’s dialect such as “trim-makaasi” thank-you and “kanalah” please! There are also many words which have also been substituted with Afrikaans.
One Sunday afternoon we decided to take a drive to the Bo-Kaap and take a breath of Cape Town history. We always wanted to see these enchanting houses from nearer and were we wowed! The colours are brilliant and different houses are painted different colours to depict the 19th century families but also to depict the colourful people living there today. Almost every view is a mountain view! We will have to go back soon as we haven’t even been to the museum that explains the character of the area.
As you leave the place, it is as if decades of rich history is looking down at you, wanting to share itself with you…