You have arrived in Cape Town – let the adventure begin. Today’s topic is all about essential apps for both Android and iOS systems which have been designed to make your travelling experience a whole lot more stress-free. Most of these apps have been designed in South Africa to the tech-savvy cell phone user who are loathed to use any paper of getting around a new city.
So let us explore the one’s which we feel will come in handy whilst you are in Cape Town.
The wonderful thing about CityMap2Go is that you do not need data connection to use this app. Once you have downloaded the map from City Maps 2 Go, you will be able to use it when you are offline. So you can navigate a city without wi fi connection. You will be able to look up restaurants, place of interest and find anything of relevance as you would have as a digital map user. There are 2 versions – one which you can purchase and the other is free.
This is such a useful organising tool for all your travel documentation such as your flight details, hotel check-ins, rental cars etc and it is especially helpful should you be volunteering in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Your flight details will give you gate information, how long your flight will take, convenient telephone numbers etc. And, TripIt will synchronise with other travel apps.
We have had volunteers whose flights had been cancelled and they never received the notification from the airline. Imagine their shock when they arrived at the airport only to find they were stranded? This app will alert you to changes in your plans due to cancellations, delays or gate changers and that will make it much easier for you to notify Aviva Volunteers of the changes.
Coming to Cape Town? Then this should be the first app you download. Though you will receive the paper version of the bus routes in the documentation section of your MyTrip, volunteers should always have this app handy when using the bus system. The greatest aspect of this app, is not only the bus routes, but you are able to see the bus timetables, your current card balance and has a fare calculator.
Even if you intend using Uber, always keep this app handy on your phone so you are never left in a position where you have no transport.
You will discover when chatting to our Travel Desk after arriving at the Aviva House, there are free walking tours in the City. If you download VoiceMap though, you will be connected to at least 30 walking tours – all audio and all you need is your smartphone and earphones. And then ….. explore the city at your leisure.
If you need a break, the app will be paused and once you open the app again, it will automatically reconnect you where you left. To make it more fun you have several tours to choose from – historical, comical, fantasy, sci-fi themed tours and you can discover more than one area other than the city. Muizenberg, for example.
This is a food website and app and it find the best restaurant, cafes, pubs and bars in the city. Actually, you can use this app in any city so it will end up being a nice addition to your smartphone. Information and photographs are shared by food lovers community and their comments will guide you in making the best possible choice for having a great meal and a fabulous time.
Last but not least, let us tell you about an “awesome” app which is yet another South African development. This is the first location-based travel app developed in South Africa. You have 4 colour-coded options – Red is for specials, Blue is for Events, Yellow is for promotions and Green is for news. So if you are looking for a good pizza deal or what is hip and happening over the weekend, this app will give you the low down on what you are looking form. A handy tool on this app is a currency converter and emergency numbers.
So there you go Volunteers ….. we also do our best to look after you whilst you are staying with us. Give us some feedback when you are here as to how these apps helped you.