Google Street View Ventures into Picturesque Swazi Wildlife Sanctuaries
Travel news so fresh it hasn't even hit Wikipedia yet, is what we're providing you guys with today. We know because we were doing background reading on this story about the introduction of Google Street View to Swaziland, and we checked the "Google Street View in Africa" Wikipedia page, and it says that Street View "has been planned for Swaziland."
The shot above - of Swazi beehive huts at the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - is pretty good evidence that it's much more than planned for Swaziland. The African country has become the fourth on the continent to get Street View, and virtual travelers can now move around the parts of the country. Look how far ahead of the curve you are now that you've read and/or are reading this story!
Google has been mapping Africa since 2009, when it started collecting photos of South Africa. Soon Lesotho and Botswana were added to the list of mapped African locations. The Google Africa blog actually covered the introduction of Street View to Botswana in 2012, deescribing both the history of the technology and the way that it can help local businesses and economies.
Having Swaziland mapped isn't exactly the equivalent of having a Harry Potter location on Street View - something that also is a thing - but as far as kind of magical places in our reality go, it's definitely a a neat little addition.
[Photo: Google Street View]