Cape Town
Close to the ground.

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

71 Wale St 021-481-3939 www.iziko.org.za/bokaap adult R10, child free

S 33 55.288 E 018 24.902

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum is a small but worthwhile culture and history museum set in the home of Abu Bakr Effendi, a prominent Muslim leader in Cape Town during the mid 1800s. The exhibits provide insight into the colorful streets of Bo-Kaap as an inner city, working class neighborhood and the historical center of Cape Town's Muslim and Cape Malay community. The museum is dedicated to all those who helped build Cape Town but were not allowed to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Guided tours of the museum and walking tours of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood are available for R150 if you'd like to get a full understanding of the area's rich history. If you wander the colorful streets on your own, make sure to stop by the spice-filled Atlas Trading Company across the street and visit the Auwal Mosque, the oldest Mosque in South Africa and the religious hub of the Cape's Muslim community, just one block away.

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