Take Your Next South African Safari Through Google Maps
See everything from lions to leopards with the click of a mouse.
Google Maps has shown the world close-up views of famous sites across the globe, and now it’s adding one more—giving folks the chance to go on safari from the comfort of their homes. The website now has a street view option that takes you through Kruger National Park in South Africa, showing everything you’d expect to see in person from the screen on your computer or hand-held device.
With a click of a mouse, users can virtually venture through the park, looking out on to the endless landscape. Like with any safari, it’s an ongoing scavenger hunt to try and spot a wild animal. People have found everything from elephants grazing to a leopard hunting for food.
Google even partnered with South African National Parks to collect the images users have found. “We are launching this imagery on Google Maps as part of a campaign to showcase the beauty of South Africa as a tourist destination for local and international travellers,” a Google South Africa spokesman said. “South Africa is home to some of the top tourist destinations in the world, home to eight Unesco World Heritage Sites and home to the Kruger National Park—one of Africa’s largest game reserves. This imagery seeks to showcase the beauty of the country to those who are interested in virtually traveling here, and will hopefully to inspire them to visit in person.”
Also on the virtual tour is the chance to climb the summit of Table Mountain, head to the coast at Sandy Bay, Clifton Beach, and Sunset Beach, and walk down the Durban Golden Mile.