Forge unveils new hiking regions in mobile app update

To celebrate its first app-iversary, Forge – Cape Town’s favourite hiking app – has unveiled new regions and reserves in its latest update. The free mobile hiking app (available on Google Play and Apple App Store), which hosts digital trail maps, has expanded its network beyond just the Cape Peninsula and the Table Mountain National Park to reserves in the Cape Winelands as well as the Overberg.

This update includes over 2 200 km of trails across 12 new reserves, parks and botanical gardens in three regions, including Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch and Kogelberg Nature Reserve. The smoother and more user-friendly interface and brand new filter feature make it easier for adventurers to find their next path and explore more. The maps are accompanied with useful information such as permits and fees, facilities and contact details.

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Understanding how people use the app and feedback from the South African outdoor community has informed the updates to the app. “One of our core focuses has always been safety, which is why we’ve included area-relevant emergency contacts. Furthermore, emergency calls can now be made directly from the app*,” says Michael Halley, Founder of Forge, “Each new region is accompanied by an offline map to ensure that our users can still navigate even in areas where there is no network and also reduce battery-usage.

For more information visit and stay up-to-date by following Forge on Instagram – @forge_sa.

*Network required.

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