Awash with pastel-coloured houses, iconic views of South Africa's Table mountain and packed with tons of cultural heritage it is no wonder that the historic neighbourhood of Bokaap, in the heart of Cape Town, is fast becoming one of the city's most popular and recognisable cultural icons.
For two days in July we made a quick trip to Cape Town and stayed just a few steps from the colourful streets of Bokaap. As I lay fast asleep on our first night I was gently stirred awake (in the wee morning hours) by what sounded like soft and distant chanting. So sweet was the enchanting melody that it seemed to float through the crack of dawn and right into my dreams. As I drifted to consciousness I slowly realised that the chanting was in fact singing coming from the neighbourhood mosque - an early morning call to prayer.
Despite trying to listen for it the following day, the captivating singing eluded me but I was pleased that, for a brief moment, I had been let into the charming secrets of this mysterious little neighbourhood.