The lockdown cannot stop us from seeing beautiful sights in and around Cape Town. Briony Brookes, the communications and public relations manager for Cape Town Tourism, shares ways in which you can see this beautiful city from the comfort of your home.
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A virtual tour is the use of videos, images, sounds, music and narration to showcase an existing location on the internet; you go online to see some of your favourite tourist destinations. Here are Briony’s suggestions for 6 virtual tourist sites to visit during the lockdown:
1. Zeitz Mocaa Museum. Zeitz Mocaa has been using its social media channels for a campaign called #MocaaFromYourCouch. With this campaign, the museum highlights an artist, an exhibition or a display for its followers. Each #MocaaFromYourCouch post gives a description of the artwork featured and a link to find out more. The museum has also done some 3D mapping for a few previous exhibitions.
2. Robben Island. One of Cape Town’s top attractions has just gone digital. The Robben Island is now offering virtual tours of the island and museum. If you wish to explore this famous island and museum, download the Robben Island Museum app on Google Play Store and the iStore or visit it here.
4. Table Mountain. This is a well-known attraction in the Mother City, and heading up to the top of this stunning rock is something that locals and visitors alike do on a regular basis. Well, you don’t have to stop now that we’re on lockdown. You can still take in the beauty of Table Mountain by visiting it here to see a 360 degree video.
5. Kirstenbosch Gardens. Kirstenbosch Gardens is an acclaimed botanical garden and a local favourite for walks, picnics, concerts and more. If you have never been or you are wishing that you could go right now, there are a number of stunning videos on YouTube that show you exactly what the gardens are all about.
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6. See the penguins. “The colony of African Penguins at Boulders Beach is something that Capetonians are very proud of. It is also a place that many try to visit,” says Brookes. If you are keen to see these smartly dressed sea animals lazing around on the beach, then check out a virtual tour of the area.
7. Wine farm. While you can’t purchase wine right now or visit a wine farm, you can still explore it virtually. “Groot Constantia is one of Cape Town’s oldest wine estates and is definitely worth visiting in person or virtually,” Brookes says. With a bustling wine tasting venue, two restaurants, a museum and a sprawling estate, it’s no wonder that Groot Constantia is one of the most visited wine estates in the region. While you’re at home, you can do a virtual exploration of it and make plans to visit as soon as the lockdown is over.