Earlier this year it was announced that Street View on Google Maps was coming to Botswana. Now anyone can travel virtually to Botswana via Street View on Google Maps and explore the country's scenery. Following the launch of Street View in South Africa just before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Botswana is the second African country to be on Street View.
Street View is a feature of Google Maps that is already available in more than 30 countries around the world. It allows users to virtually explore and navigate a neighbourhood through panoramic street-level images. It is also available in Google Earth and on Google Maps for Mobile.
In areas where Street View is available, you can access street-level imagery by zooming into the lowest level on Google Maps, or by dragging the orange "Pegman" icon on the left-hand side of the map onto a blue highlighted street.
With around 70% of the country being covered by the Kalahari desert, Botswana has diverse terrain including the delta and wide open grassland and savannah areas. Depending on which kind of terrain Pegman falls on, you can navigate around some of the most remote areas of the country.
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. We hope to add more cultures, landscapes and sites as Street View continues to expand to new places."
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