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All Of South Africa’s Incredible National Parks Have Popped Up On Google Street View

Including some that have never been fully trekked.

There aren’t many areas uncharted by Google. The tech giant has travelled far, wide and even up high to capture incredible footage for its Street View platform, from Uluru to outer space and, now, every one of South Africa’s stunning national parks.

In late 2017 Google launched Street View for 170 new trails across 19 national parks – including some that have never been fully trekked.

Over 550 park rangers, safari guides and volunteers collectively marched close to 1000km while lugging a 20kg camera backpack to capture stunning 360-degree footage of sites like Blyde River Canyon and Madikwe Game Reserve.

The volunteer team who set out on the expedition were coordinated by Cape Town-based travel company Drive South Africa. “For the first time, travellers and wildlife lovers from across the globe can explore the full spectrum of South Africa’s diverse wilderness areas on Google Maps and Street View,” Drive South Africa founder Andre Van Kets told Google.

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As you’d expect, the explorers encountered a bunch of native wildlife, including elephants, along the Nhlanganini Koppie Trail and a cheetah in Mont Zebra National Park.

If you’re looking for some inspiration to set off on a South African safari, or just want to check out some pretty pictures, all of Google’s footage is available here.

(Lead image: George Brits)