Every year on the 2nd of January, the streets of The Mother City come alive with the sounds of the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, or the “Kaapse Klopse” as it’s more commonly known. Thousands of singers, musicians, dancers and supporters join together and move through the city, leaving a trail of vibrant colour and toe-tapping banjo music as they go.
The carnival’s rich history dates back to the 19th century, a time of slavery in Cape Town, when the residents of historic District Six were allowed just one day off. It is also believed that today’s “Kaapse Klopse” is tied to a time when visiting minstrels from America would stop at Cape Town on their ocean travels.
Today, the carnival is a celebration of freedom and the new year. Many participants are third or even fourth generation. The carnival winds its way through the streets of the Bo-Kaap and Green Point, and ends at the Cape Town stadium, where competitions for costume, singing and dancing are held.
Experience the exciting hustle and bustle of the carnival and its roots, and then retreat to Steenberg Hotel in the beautiful Constantia Valley, just 15 minutes drive from the city, to unwind in our haven of relaxation and tranquility. With a Manor House dated 1682 (a national monument) and heritage suites celebrating the story and culture of the Cape, Steenberg too offers a rich history to be explored. To add a visit to the “Kaapse Klopse” to your visit to Steenberg in January, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 021 713 2222.