Discover new places with Huawei: South African heritage sites you may not know

Huawei’s Petal Maps enables consumers to explore the best of what South Africa has to offer. This Heritage Month, we encourage you to discover some of the best local spots you may not have explored before which will enrich your knowledge of some of the most iconic sites around South Africa, our culture, traditions and how these became some of the world’s heritage locations.

Road trips are fun, we encourage you to enhance your trip with the convenient and easy to use, Petal Maps. Its features which include real-time public transport info and schedules, an interactive 3D view of your surroundings and an offline version, amongst many more, ensure you have the best travel experience. So pack the car, charge your phone and open up HUAWEI Petal Maps and get exploring.

The Vredefort Dome in Free State

After getting hit by an asteroid (rocks from the solar system) decades ago, the Vredefort Dome left a crater on the surface, making the region one of South Africa’s historic sites. If you enjoy a scenic view of mountains, rivers and an open landscape of bushvelds, then you’ll love the beauty of the Vredefort Dome in the Free State. It’s home to some of South Africa’s wildlife and has a series of water and land activities that you can enjoy.

Not sure what the best route is to get to the Vredefort Dome? Petal Maps can help you find the ideal route to your destination based on real-time traffic information. Whether you are walking, driving, or using public transport, you can use the turn-by-turn voice feature to provide you with the fastest, safest and traffic-free routes.

Reflecting upon South African’s diverse cultural environment that plays host to people of other regions, Petal Maps proudly gives you access to various languages, including Chinese, Cantonese, Thai, Japanese, Malay, Filipino, Indonesian and more.

While access to various languages is a suitable and inclusive feature for all on Petal Maps, the air gestures factor is also a plus. With this feature you can simply make hand gestures over your Huawei smartphone and be amazed at how your movements enables the screen to zoom in and out, allowing you to view different areas of your route.

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu-Natal

Another iconic site to discover is the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a mere two-hour drive from Durban, where Bushmen created more than 30,000 samples of rock art in caves. If you’re headed in this direction and think you missed a turn, don’t panic. With the navigation assistance of Petal Maps, you are provided with a reroute feature. You can also use the landscape mode, for a more extensive view of your route.

If you know your history, then you’ll know that the indigenous Bushmen often painted and engraved their life stories on the walls of caves giving you a sense of their traditions and ways of living. By visiting the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, you can discover their origins and what made these people exceptional. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park boasts a rich diversity of plant and animal species that makes the site worth a visit. For those who love fun and entertainment, you can keep busy with a range of activities such as hiking, fishing, swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, boating and bird watching.

If you want to know what else surrounds the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, use Petal Maps to explore the area in an interactive 3D view that gives you a seamless transition as you pan, tilt, rotate and zoom. This feature will allow you to explore the surroundings further as well as give you estimation distance and times to get there.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park in the Elephant Coast

If you are enthused by water, then the Elephant coast is an area to learn about the history of South Africa. This park features an exceptional 332,000 hectares of land and sea and is recognised as a World Heritage Site for its beautiful diversity, landscapes and abundance of flora and fauna.

So plan your next trip to iSimangaliso. You’ll absolutely love that it has incredibly beautiful series of beaches, coral reefs, lakes, swamps, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands that stretch along the Mozambican border.

Planning to discover the next heritage site? Whether you’re wanting to visit the Vredefort Dome, uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park or the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and more, simply open your Petal Maps and make your way to your desired destination. You can also explore Petal Map’s latest head-up display feature, which allows you to project a mirror image of the navigation instructions onto your windshield as you are driving. This ensures that you keep your focus ahead and avoid having to look at your phone throughout your trip.

So get exploring with Huawei and Petal Maps this Heritage month and learn more about the beautiful places that South Africa has to offer.