Google Street View live in Botswana
INNOVATIONSBy BiztechAfrica - Nov. 29, 2012, 8:32 a.m.
Google Street View, which gives users a street-level view of maps, is now live in Botswana.
Botswana is the second African country after South Africa to have Street View options for its Google Maps. In areas covered by Street View, including Gaborone and the national parks, users can virtually explore and navigate through panoramic street-level images.
It is also available in Google Earth and on Google Maps for Mobile.
Ory Okolloh, policy manager at Google Sub-Saharan Africa said, "Whether you are planning a safari, doing a homework assignment on Botswana, or promoting your local business, Street View will allow you to experience a slice of the country. Take an online safari around some of Botswana’s most unique places, by exploring salt pans like the Makgadikgadi Pan, or spot wild animals in the famous Chobe National Park, home to the largest concentration of African elephants in the world. You may prefer to wander the streets of capital city Gaborone, or immerse yourself in what the city has to offer on its outskirts.”
He said Google hoped to add more cultures, landscapes and sites as Street View continues to expand to new places.
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