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June 24, 2014

The 5 Best Apps for Exploring Cape Town

Hey there explorer. Are you ready to take fate into your own hands?

Get connected with Cape Town when you pick up these 5 free apps and begin your adventure that much more adeptly:  

Take breathtaking panoramas using Photosynth, image courtesy of Diego Zang)

1. EveryTrail

Using GPS, EveryTrail creates an easy-to-read map as you explore, providing street names, a compass, audio guides and useful Points of Information.  Over 400,000 people have tracked their adventures on EveryTrail, so using these guides (e.g. A Photographers Tour of Cape Town), you can follow in their footsteps through Cape Town's most beautiful locations and local secrets. 

Cost: Free
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.  Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Android 1.6 and up.
More: www.everytrail.com

2. Photosynth

Photosynth meshes your photos together to create astonishing 360 degree, 3 dimensional landscapes. Check out this panorama of Chapmans Peak for example, or how about this beach shot of the Twelve Apostles or this 360 view of the tip of Africa? With it's immense natural beauty, Cape Town and Photosynth are made for each other! BONUS: Here's a fun 3D version of the Palais Garnier, Paris' famous opera house, to give you an idea of what's possible. 

Cost: Free
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G.  Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  Android users can download Panorama 360.
More: http://photosynth.net

3. Walking Tour of Central Cape Town

Explore the city on your own terms and get your walk on!  With zero data charges (it's permanently available once downloaded) the app offers more than 60 points of interest with sound clips that play automatically as you near your destination. It's got a handy search function and it's content is periodically updated. A Walking Tour of Central Cape Town also provides contact info, pictures and audio clips for the Mother City's most beloved restaurants, museums and historical attractions.

Cost: Free
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Optimized for iPhone 5.
More: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/walking-tour-central-cape/id557533717?mt=8

4. Instagram

The immensely popular Instagram uses a variety of easy-to-use filters to make ordinary photos look artistic. It's a one stop shop for making your Capetonian discoveries even more spectacular and your friends super-jealous of how ridiculously good looking you are. Instagram is also one of the world's largest social media networks, allowing you to follow the photo-feeds of your favourite people and brands. Don't forget to follow Cape Town Tourism whilst you're at it! 

Cost: Free
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.  Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.  Android 2.2 and up.
More: http://instagram.com

5. WhatsApp

You can find most of Cape Town on WhatsApp, an internet based messenging service that allows you to send pics, text or videos to anyone in the world. Just add their number to your contacts! It also allows you stay in touch with international friends and family, with near-instantaneous communications and the ability to set up group conversations. Whatsapp is a great place to stay in touch with your fellow adventurers and the amazing people you meet on your journey, 

Cost: Free
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.  Requires iOS 3.1 or later.  Android 1.6 and up.
More: www.whatsapp.com

If you love free stuff, here are our Top 5 Free Activities in Cape Town. Or maybe you're looking for awesome free things to do with the kids in Winter! Enjoy our snapshots of Cape Town? You should follow us on Twitter here.

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