Cape Town audio tour: Landscape of Change

About the Tour

Like many African cities, Cape Town has an identity disorder. It’s trying to overcome it – to reconcile the stories of its past with a new story, about its future, but because people with diverse origins call the city home, space here is contested. Nobody’s take on the Mother City is exactly the same.

Come with me on a city stroll, to discover the beautiful contradictions and the subtle and not-so-subtle shifts that my city is going through.

Tour Producer


Lauren Edwards

I'm VoiceMap's co-founder and managing editor.

I love art. I love music. I love the way a city can never sever ties with its stories. They're always there - hidden between cracks in the sidewalk and in the facades of old buildings and in the outer rings of old trees. Stories bind a city into shape, and if you listen carefully, you can always hear them.

Major Landmarks

  • South African National Gallery

  • Iziko Slave Lodge

  • The Company's Gardens

Directions to Starting Point

The route starts at the Slave Lodge, near the bottom entrance to the Company's Garden, at the corner of Wale Street and Adderley Street.

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Places to stop along the way

The South African National Gallery, Twankey, benches in the Company's Gardens

Best time of day

During daylight, preferably on weekends.


Keep an eye on your belongings, and avoid these areas at night. If there are road closures due to protests at parliament, just skip around the block and play the tracks manually.


Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.