Best Travel Apps to Use on the Move

You don’t have to be a global traveler to make use of these essential travel apps while on the move in South Africa.


Anyone enjoying a South African holiday, family vacation, business trip between Johannesburg and Cape Town, or just a quick weekend escape, road trip or travel outing will make good use of at least one of these (mostly free) travel apps which can be quickly and easily downloaded to your smartphone or Notepad. 


If you are booking into De Bergkant Lodge in Prince Albert in the Karoo, we are available to share our first hand travel information, updates and destination know-how with you while you are staying with us. But for any pre and post-trip travel, these apps can be handy in finding your way around the best tourism hotspots available in the Western Cape and surrounds.


TripAdvisor is a travel and restaurant app which shares hotel and restaurant reviews, accommodation bookings and other travel-related content, along with interactive travel forums.


TripAdvisor is populated by impartial, honest and true reviews by other guests with regards their own personal experience. Find De Bergkant Lodge on TripAdvisor and discover our Certificate of Excellence and 5.0 out of 5.0 guest reviews about how you can enjoy a luxury hotel experience with us.

  • Waze (free to download)

South Africa is a large country to explore and with very little public transport available, most travelers entering the country hire a rental car to travel the country's many freeways and access routes.


Like any big city, traffic can bottleneck and get congested. Get the best traffic information for your travel route in real time with the help from fellow drivers.


Waze is more than just driving directions and a traffic map to your chosen destination; it’s millions of drivers and riders reducing traffic, keeping people safe, and making roads better - together.

  • Uber (free to use)
Uber is a ridesharing app for fast, reliable rides in minutes – day or night.

Tap to request a ride; it's easy to pay with credit card or cash. The app uses your location so your driver knows where to pick you up.


Most large cities and towns in South Africa have Uber rides available but smaller towns and villages may not; its best to check with your destination of choice beforehand.

  • XE Currency (free to use)
Currency exchange rates fluctuate from day to day. Using the XE Currency convertor you can get up-to-the-minute currency updates for any currency in the world. It’s a great app to check you are not overpaying or underpaying on purchases or money transfers made with other third parties.
  • Google Translate (free to use)
If English is not your first language, then Google Translate will help you with better communication and help you understand other tourists and travel hosts when touring the length and breadth of South Africa with its 11 official languages.
English is spoken everywhere in South Africa but often a certain word can stump us and then its Google Translate to the rescue!
  • Wiffinity (free to download)


This is a free WiFi finder app which allows you to easily locate WiFi hotspots and connect without using passwords or having to give out any of your personal data.


Wiffinity also sells a white label solution that enables other mobile apps to offer free WiFi as part of the offering.

  • Roberts Multimedia VII Southern African Birding App
With 927 recorded birding species in South Africa, traveling ornithologists and ordinary everyday bird lovers will find access to field guides, interactive search functions and birding destinations with this handy app.
Enter your location and simple bird characteristics to get help with identification, compare similar birds’ side-by-side or attract birds to your location by playing recorded calls. Bird enthusiasts will find more detailed descriptions about the app at http://www.sabirding.co.za.
Need help finding De Bergkant Lodge in the Great Karoo? Visit www.debergkant.com or call us on T: +27 (0)23 541 10 88. 

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