It’s not hard to understand why audio tours have become so popular - they’re easy to use, they allow you to take in the sights and learn something new at the same time, while doing it at your own pace.
Cape Town has taken advantage of the audio tour fever, with international audio tour app VoiceMap offering a wide array of different options.
Here are the top 4 audio tours you should take in the Mother City.
1. Moullie Point Maritime Meander
This walking tour, packed to the brim with interesting historical facts and titbits, was created by former Getaway editor Justin Fox – one of South Africa’s most accomplished travel writers. Fox takes you through fascinating stories of shipwrecks, lighthouses and gun batteries, painting a full picture of Sea Point’s long military history. The route starts at the corner of Hall and Beach Roads and follows the promenade all the way to the Green Point Lighthouse before ending at Green Point Urban Park. As well as all the historical facts you will soak in on the way, you can take in the ocean views, stop for a soft-serve ice-cream and end the day with a picnic at the Urban Park – a perfect Cape Town afternoon!
2. Cape Point
This audio tour is the perfect way to take in the long and rich history of Cape Point without ever having to take your eyes off the magnificent views all around you. The audio tour has 2 different options depending on your time schedule – the Quick Tour or the Full Tour. They are full of interesting facts about the locations history and the unique surrounding fauna and wildlife. Take the Flying Dutchman funicular up to the lighthouse to get the most out of your visit – the ride to the top provides a beautiful 360-degree view that will make your jaw drop.
3. Newlands Breweries
This is a really entertaining way to spend the day for all beer lovers out there, and the perfect opportunity to stroll through one of Cape Town’s leafiest suburbs. The walking tour starts at the historic Newlands pub, Forrester’s Arms, and landmarks include the Liesbeek River, two fresh water springs, the Cannon brewery, Josephine Mill and the SAB Newlands brewery. Although it can be taken at any time of the day, you might want to align your walk with an SAB Newlands brewery tour to make the most of the day.
4. Table Mountain
A trip to Cape Town isn’t complete without a visit to Table Mountain – the iconic symbol of the city and a provider of some of the world’s most breath-taking views (no matter how many times you’ve seen them). The free audio tour is also hosted on the VoiceMap app and lasts for about an hour. The tour starts at the Lower Cable Station and if you forgot to download the app beforehand, don’t worry – there is free WiFi available at the station.