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    November 6, 2017

    Passionate trekkers map out all of South Africa’s National Parks in Google Street View

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    A team of trekkers have fully mapped out all of South Africa’s National Parks and World Heritage Sites in partnership with Drive South Africa and Google’s Trekker Loan Program.

    Google Street View has given most of us an excellent window into what the front verge of our homes look like, and now a passionate team has succeeded in mapping out South Africa’s National Parks.

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    The project was envisioned by Andre Kets, the co-founder of Drive South Africa – a local travel company specializing in vehicle rentals – and was backed by Google’s Trekker Loan Program, which enables photographers, travelers, and organizations to borrow a Street View trekker backpack or Street View-compatible 360-degree camera to map out their surroundings.

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    A Street View team walking the Skilpad and Korhaan trail of Namaqua National Park. Photo: Liam Kell

    The project has formed under the umbrella of a new microsite dubbed South Africa in 360, through which armchair explorers can venture through both National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 360-degree virtual reality.

    Presiding over the announcement, van Kets quipped in a press statement that “The 360-images that were captured by the 22kg Google Trekker camera, was supported by amazing drone footage, photographs and videos painstakingly taken by our team. South Africa in 360 aims to create a new window into our country and our interactive microsite not only uses Google’s technology to promote tourism, but also highlights the pride that South Africans have in their land”.

    The project has captured over 170 new trails, which are indexed for viewing on DiscoverAfrica.com where a list of all trekkers who assisted in making the project a reality can be found. The project can be viewed in Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Opera.

    If that doesn’t cure your wanderlust, we’re not sure what will.

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    What are your thoughts? Which trails and sites have you most enjoyed viewing? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

    Follow Bryan Smith on Twitter: @bryansmithSA

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