This year, in order to continue on the celebrations of Heritage Day, VoiceMap is offering self-guided tours of the Mother City’s top attractions, in a fun, safe and socially distanced way.
VoiceMap, a local company that now offers self-guided audio tours in 58 countries and has over 50 tours across the city, will give people the opportunity to retrace the Cape’s original shoreline, explore Bo-Kaap with a local or find out more about the history of Groot Constantia, the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa.
And according to IOL, the CEO of VoiceMap Iain Manley said the tour aims to assist the Western Cape government’s recovery plan.
“This Heritage Day, we want to assist the Western Cape government’s recovery plan which includes focusing on domestic tourism, technology and social media by encouraging people to get out and see their city. Using the VoiceMap app, locals can explore five members of the Cape Town Big six attractions as well as other top attractions at their own pace,” he said.
There is also a tour of Table Mountain’s top and the Waterfront’s historic port.
VoiceMap reportedly uses GPS for automatic playback, at the right time and place, and guides you with turn-by-turn directions. All you need is a smartphone and headphones. He said when travellers join a tour, they will also support other small businesses in the area.
“Cape Town’s usually thriving tourism and hospitality sectors have been hit hard by Covid-19 and the national lockdown, putting approximately half a million jobs at risk, according to SA Tourism. This Heritage Day, travellers can do their bit to support the beleaguered industry by simply venturing out and indulging in their favourite local flavours, sights and sounds.“
If you are looking for something else, Cape Town Free Walking Tours also offers professional tour guides that take groups of ±20–30 people on enlightening walks through the city in exchange for just a tip.
According to Cape Town Magazine, the Bo-Kaap tour, for example, starts with a sign-up at Motherland Coffee Company in St George’s Mall on Wale Street, where you’ll find a guide waiting outside carrying a large green and white-coloured branded umbrella. The tours are on 365 days a year, come rain or shine, multiple times a day.