On Tuesday the organization released a smartphone app called “Madiba’s Journey,” which it developed in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
It includes 27 Madiba-inspired tourist attractions and sites of memory, one for each year he spent behind bars as a political prisoner. Users can read a description or hear audio narrative about how each site shaped Mandela’s journey from young boy growing up in Qunu under apartheid, to the leader of a free South Africa.
Visitor details for each landmark are included, such as operating hours, tours, ticket prices and contact information. The app lets users locate each site via their phone’s mapping system, and get directions. It also provides a gallery of images, a “check in” feature, and the ability to share thoughts and pictures on social media.
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 is available for free on iTunes and Google Play.