Google Street View, a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world has partnered with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to boost the country’s wildlife tourism.
In the partnership, the Google Street View team visited and documented seven of the country’s most beautiful and iconic Savannah National parks which are home to an amazing variety of wildlife.
Among the parks visited included the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is home to ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds, Kidepo National park, Lake Mburo, Murchison falls among others.
Google Street View, a platform which Uganda recently joined was launched in 2007 in several cities in the United States, and has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide.
Currently, only seven African countries have joined the platform while the total worldwide number of Google Street View countries lies at 81.
The platform has been around for years, allowing a user to plop a marker in Google Maps and look around in the real world from that point.
Unlike Google Maps with its satellite imagery, Street View requires cars with special cameras or people with backpacks or bikes to physically visit.
“We are delighted to see that what began with some South African cities in 2009 has extended to many other cities in seven countries on the continent,” Dirk Friedrich, the Program Manager Google Street View was quoted by the Google blog.
He added; “From Cape Town to Botswana, through Kenya, Tanzania and now Ghana, Uganda and Senegal, we are pleased that more people around the world can turn to Street View for an overview of this magnificent continent. We would not be surprised if you were tempted to explore the places yourself with your own camera!”