Cape Point Audio tour gives new perspective

2016-09-13 06:00
People’s Post reporter Gary Van Dyk starts his audio journey of discovery at Cape Point when they launched their audio tour on Wednesday 31 August. PHOTOS: gary van dyk

People’s Post reporter Gary Van Dyk starts his audio journey of discovery at Cape Point when they launched their audio tour on Wednesday 31 August. PHOTOS: gary van dyk

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For many families in the Western Cape, the festive season visit to picnic at one of the spots in the Cape Point Nature Reserve is a pilgrimage that cannot be missed.

Now that experience is enhanced when you visit Cape Point and the lighthouses with an audio application that tells you all about the historical and environmental aspects of the area.

In time for tourism month, Cape Point launched a free audio tour for those wanting an even more memorable experience at the iconic attraction.

I am no stranger to this landmark site but as I wandered around plugged into the application it was interesting to discover some of the more hidden facets to the history of the area.

Directed to glance at the waves crashing over Bellows Rock I am reminded how the sinking of the ship, The Lusitania, led to the decision to build the second lighthouse because the first one was often hidden in mist.

There’s also the myths and legends surrounding the area with the well-known Flying Dutchman forever sailing our seas but walking to the lower Dias lookout point I was amazed to discover that the towering cliffs have a link to Greek mythology.

This story tells of the twelve Titans, and their defeat by Cronos’ children, the Greek Gods.

One such titan was Adamastor. With his hooked extremities, rough skin of sandstone outcrops and mouth like a granite cavern he was turned into the cliffs at Cape Point forever gazing over the turbulent seas.

Looking at the ruins of buildings on this outcrop you are reminded of the former military presence in and around the area.

The Cape Mounted Rifles were stationed there and you can see the remains of the forward observation posts during the walk.

Starting from the main parking area, the audio tour shares fascinating information about the national park’s maritime history, fauna, flora, Cape Point legends and the funicular. It is geared for guests on a tight schedule, as well as those who would prefer a more leisurely stroll.

“We are delighted at how the new audio tour enhances our visitors’ experience at Cape Point,” says Judiet Barnes, marketing manager of Cape Point Partnership.

“The audio tour is mainly targeted at our self-drive visitors who aren’t accompanied by a tour guide, however it has been crafted to enhance all visits, even for those travelling in large tour groups.”

A highly accessible platform created by VoiceMaps, the audio tour is available for free download via the Apple and Google Play App stores in a few simple steps.

It’s advised that you complete all downloads prior to visiting Cape Point, as the cellular signal in the park fluctuates.

 For more information on downloading the application visit or call the Information Centre on 021 780 9010/11.

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