1 April 2015
Follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps across South Africa guided by a handy new mobile app, launched on 1 April by South African Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Madiba’s Journey is available for free on iTunes and Google Play.
It features 27 Madiba-inspired tourist attractions and sites of memory, one for each year he spent behind bars as a political prisoner. Users can view the attractions on a map, build their own itineraries and share their journeys on social media.
The foundation explains that “the Madiba’s Journey app will enrich your quest as you walk in the footsteps of one of the world’s greatest icons, Nelson Mandela”.
There are plenty of user-friendly aspects: read about how each location helped to shape Mandela’s inspiring journey; find each location on your phone’s mapping system; get directions to the site. Visitor details are included, such as operating hours, tours, ticket prices and contact information.
There is audio allowing you to “immerse yourself in narratives about the poignant moments that have secured these sites their place in South Africa’s history”.
Included are contact details for each site for more details and bookings; you can create and customise your itinerary before you take your journey through history; visit the gallery of images to get an idea of what you will see; as well as share “your thoughts, feelings and selfies with the world”.
Users are also invited to check in at each site – they unlock rewards according to the number of sites at which they check in.
The app is in English. For Apple devices, it is 45.1 MB in size and needs iOS 6.0 or later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is optimised for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. For Android devices, it is 43MB in size, and requires Android 4.0.3 and up.
It also offers real-time weather information at each location, how far away you are from each location and details of nearby attractions.