Cape Malay Cooking Experience

09h00-13h00 or 14h00-17h30

This is a REAL interactive experience with one of the countries oldest established communities- dating back to their forced arrival to these shores as captives in the 1600’s. As their lands in the East were being occupied by European Colonists- dissenters were loaded onto sailing ships and banished to other colonies around the world- the Cape of Good Hope being one.

The so-called Cape Malays – this race classification being an Apartheid construct-were talented and productive people and were deployed in building the Cape Colony. Amongst them were builders, architects, carpenters, tailors, traders, fishermen and gardeners. We visit this community who was confined to an area on the slopes of Signal Hill called the Bo-Kaap, or Cape Malay area.

Begin with a Walking Tour of the Historic, Heritage Protected area of  cobbled streets, colourful Cape Georgian homes, community corner stores that stock everything, anda number of mosques dating from 1795 to 1958.

We visit a Community Empowerment Project, the popular local Spice (Masala) shop and the Bo-Kaap Museum.

We then visit our hostess- a local resident, for an exciting encounter with her religious,cultural and indeed culinary background- in her home!You will participate in preparing and cooking samoosas, Rooti (flat bread) and chicken or veg curry-in the kitchen around her table-  which you will enjoy at the end.


  • Transport from and back to hotel (6 km radius of Waterfront)
  • Entry Fee into Bo-Kaap Museum.
  • Welcome drink and 3-course meal


Half Day – R 1150 per person