360° View of South AfricaNovember 22, 2017
“People had street views of our cities for many years now but now for the first time, every single national park in South Africa is on street view. Anyone can go online and explore the wonders of South Africa’s natural heritage.”
- Andre van Kets, co-founder of Drive South Africa
Let’s face it, travelling to a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. That’s why most travelers will thoroughly research their destination before choosing to travel there. Photographs, previous traveler’s reviews, and travel blogs are all excellent references when discovering more about a specific place. While all of these resources provide information and insight into the destination and can give you a pretty good idea of what the experience will be like, none of them can fully show you what it will be like. However, all this is about to change – for people wishing to visit South Africa at least.
Now, travelers can explore the wonders of South Africa’s National Parks from the comfort of their couch with Google Street View, giving people the best possible visual representation of where they would be and what they would see should they decide to travel there. Comprising 360° views of trails within 170 of South Africa’s national parks and reserves, the project is a part of the Google Street View program and aims to not only provide a taste of the experience but also encourage people to travel to this diverse and scenic country.
Coordinated by Drive South Africa, a team of nature-loving South Africans spent months travelling around the country, documenting prominent tourist attractions, including Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, the Drakensberg Mountains, and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. In addition to being able to view these destinations on Street View, Drive South Africa also launched a microsite called South Africa in 360 which is a deeply engaging site that showcases the top four attractions in South Africa and a collection of lesser-known gems. If immersing yourself in a 360° view of South Africa’s best reserves doesn’t inspire you to visit the country, then nothing will.
Combine this excellent visual information, with our knowledge and travel expertise, and there really is no excuse to be nervous about travelling to South Africa anymore. Get in touch with us to start planning your perfect safari itinerary.
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