Google Street View in Africa

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Presently, in Africa, Google Street View can be seen in parts of Botswana,[1] Uganda, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, the Canary Islands of Spain, and Egypt's landmarks.[2]

Background[edit]

On September 1, 2009, Google announced that it started collecting images in South Africa for Google Maps Street View.[3] Google is currently driving around South Africa in Toyota Priuses, taking photographs of locations in the cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and East London. Google Trikes are also being used for the first time to map popular tourist destinations, such as the scenic Chapman's Peak Drive and Table Mountain in Cape Town, Soccer City in Johannesburg, and the new Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Images of South Africa were made available on Google Street View on June 8, 2010.

On December 8, 2010, more locations in South Africa were added. These were mostly rural and main roads, as well as a much larger coverage of the Limpopo province. After the update, the borders of South Africa's neighboring countries could be reached.

On September 9, 2014, landmarks in Egypt were added.

In 2016 the coverage of Senegal and Ghana is planned.

Introductions by date[edit]

Monday, November 9, 2009

Spain Islands of Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 South Africa South Africa: Johannesburg, Soweto, Roodepoort, Krugersdorp, Randfontein, Kempton Park, Benoni, Vosloorus, Katlehong, Centurion, Pretoria, Bronkhorstspruit, Midrand, Middelburg, Vanderbijlpark, Sasolburg, Heidelberg, Kroonstad, Welkom, Kimberley, Pietermaritzburg, Mbombela, Ermelo, Pinetown, Kingsburgh, Mdantsane, King William's Town, Port Alfred, Grahamstown, Cape Town, Kuils River, Mitchells Plain, Fish Hoek, Somerset West, Durbanville, Kraaifontein, Stellenbosch, Melkbosstrand, Kleinmond, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Rustenburg, Johannesburg Zoo, Apartheid Museum, Boulders Beach, Company's Gardens, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, World Cup 2010 Venues
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 South Africa More locations in South Africa
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 South Africa More locations in South Africa

Spain Lanzarote, Fuerteventura in Spain

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Spain La Gomera, El Hierro islands in Spain
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Botswana Botswana: Gaborone, Francistown, Maun, Molepolole, Kasane, Serowe, Lobatse, Tlokweng, Ramotswa, Kanye, Selebi-Phikwe, Mahalapye, Bobonong, Thamaga, Letlhakane, Palapye
Tuesday, March 18, 2013 Tanzania Tanzania:Uhuru Peak, Lava Tower, Moir hut, Arrow Glacier camp, Lemosho-clearings, Shira Camp, Gombe National Park
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Lesotho Lesotho: Maseru, Roma, Mafeteng, Mohale's Hoek and other locations in Lesotho.
Friday, September 20, 2013 Swaziland Swaziland: Mbabane, Manzini, Mhlume, Big Bend and other locations in Swaziland
Monday, April 21, 2014 Lesotho Teyateyaneng, Butha-Buthe, Hlotse, Mokhotlong, Qacha's Nek and more locations in Lesotho.

More locations in:
 Botswana

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Egypt Egypt: Landmarks including Pyramids of Giza, Cairo Citadel, Saqqara, Monastery of Saint Mina, Citadel of Qaitbay and more
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tanzania Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 South Africa Update and more locations in South Africa
Monday, April 20, 2015 South Africa Robben Island Museum, in South Africa[4]
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Madagascar Locations in Madagascar including some streets of Antananarivo, Morondava, Ambanja, Tulear, Belo sur Mer more other landmarks and water views of Barren Isles, Nosy Komba, Sambirano River, Ambalahonko, Velondriake[5]
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Kenya Samburu National Reserve, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Marania Farm and Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Kenya
Thursday, October 8, 2015 Uganda Kampala, Entebbe and more locations in Uganda.
Friday, November 27, 2015 Morocco Parc Lalla Hasna in Marrakech, in Morocco
Thursday, December 17, 2015 Namibia Interior views of some aircraft in Air Namibia's fleet and apron views of Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport, in Namibia,[6] Catamaran Charters Check-in Point in Walvis Bay, Namibia[7]
Morocco Parc Issil, in Morocco
Zimbabwe Mystique Events, in Zimbabwe[8]
Thursday, February 25, 2016 Réunion Saint-Denis and more locations in Réunion[9]
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 South Africa Kruger National Park in South Africa[10][11]

Areas included[edit]

Reference:[12]

 Botswana[edit]

District Most coverage[13] Some coverage[14] Very limited coverage[15]
Central Letlhakane, Palapye Bobonong, Mahalapye, Selibe Phikwe, Serowe
Kweneng Gabane Molepolole, Thamaga
North-East Francistown
North-West Maun
Southern Jwaneng, Kanye
South-East Gaborone, Ramotswa, Tlokweng Lobatse

 Egypt[edit]

Landmarks in Egypt including Pyramids of Giza, Cairo Citadel, Saqqara, Monastery of Saint Mina, Citadel of Qaitbay and more

 France[edit]

Most roads in Réunion.

 Lesotho[edit]

Western half of the country: Maseru and major roads.

 Madagascar[edit]

Cities: Antananarivo, Morondava, Ambanja, Tulear, Belo sur Mer
Landmarks and water views of Barren Isles, Nosy Komba, Sambirano River, Ambalahonko, Velondriake, Avenue of the Baobabs, and the Sacred Forest

 Kenya[edit]

Samburu National Reserve, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, parts of Marania Farm near Mount Kenya

 Portugal[edit]

Madeira geographically belongs to Africa according to geographical definitions (closest mainland). Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads are covered.

The Azores have a location with little more unclear connection to a continent. Anyway, the islands of São Miguel Island and Terceira Island have good coverage.

 South Africa[edit]

Province Most coverage[13] Some coverage[14] Very limited coverage[15]
Gauteng Johannesburg, Dainfern, Pretoria, Benoni, Germiston, Krugersdorp, Kempton Park, Nigel, Springs, Centurion, Bronkhorstspruit, Carletonville, Westonaria, Hillshaven, Lenasia, Heidelberg, Roodepoort, Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark, Laudium Chartwell, Soweto, Vosloorus Drie Ziek, Kagiso, Katlehong, Hammanskraal
Mpumalanga Witbank, Middelburg, Nelspruit, Ermelo Embalenhle Amersfoort, Secunda, Bethal, Badplaas, Balfour, Lydenburg, Malelane, Hectorspruit, Komatipoort, Machadodorp, Waterval-Boven, Hendrina, Barberton, Standerton, Volksrust
Limpopo Polokwane Vaalwater, Louis Trichardt, Musina, Thabazimbi, Thoyohandou, Tzaneen, Haenertsburg, Northam, Mookgopong, Modimolle, Bela-Bela, Roedtan, Settlers,
Free State Bloemfontein, Welkom, Kroonstad, Sasolburg, Clarens, Vaalpark, Riebeekstad Thabong, Mangaung Koppies, Viljoenskroon, Bultfontein, Dealesville, Deneysville, Oranjeville, Villiers, Memel, Harrismith, Kestell, Bethlehem, Paul Roux, Senekal, Virginia, Hennenman, Ventersburg, Wesselbron, Odendaalsrus, Smithfield
North-West Rustenburg, Brits, Mooinooi Klerksdorp, Orkney, Stilfontein Potchefstroom, Mafikeng, Bloemhof, Christiana, Stilfontein, Ventersdorp, Derby, Wolmaranstad, Modderspruit, Phokeng, Swartruggens, Zeerust, 'Ottoshoop, Geysdorp, Delareyville, Sannieshof, Coligny
KwaZulu-Natal Durban, Newcastle, Pietermartizburg, Ladysmith, Vryheid, Chatsworth, Berea, Richard's Bay Dundee, Paulpietersburg, Mooi River, Mpumalanga Glencoe, Bergville, Winterton, Estcourt, Umlazi, KwaDukuza, Empangeni, Louwsburg
Western Cape Cape Town, Mitchells Plain, Blue Downs, Heidelberg, Simon's Town, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Strand, Grabouw, Stellenbosch, Nature's Valley, Somerset-West, Worcester Khayalitsha, Dennekruin, Paarl, Sedgefield, Laingsburg, Prince Albert Road, Beaufort West, Hermanus, George, Kwanokuthula
Northern Cape Kimberley Douglas, Prieska, Strydenburg, Hopetown, Colesberg
Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth, East London, Grahamstown, Queenstown, Stutterheim, Aliwal North, Mdantsane, King William's Town, Bhisho, Middelburg, Cradock, Adelaide, Fort Beaufort, Alice, Lady Grey, Middeldrift Elliot, Ugie, KwaNonzame, Midros, Rosmead, Lingelihle, Michausdal, Bedford, Mpolweni Steynsburg

 Spain[edit]

The Canary Islands do geographically belong to Africa according to geographical definitions (closest mainland). Most towns, cities, villages, major and rural roads are covered.

 Swaziland[edit]

Most cities and roads.

 Tanzania[edit]

  • Uhuru Peak and some nearby spots and Gombe national park

 Uganda[edit]

Uganda got views of most roads inside and around Entebbe and Kampala.

Future Coverage[edit]

Official announcement Unofficial announcement
 Ghana

 Senegal

 Mali (landmarks)[16]

 Morocco

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Street View comes to beautiful Botswana". google-africa.blogspot.com. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Egypt Highlights". google.com. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Google to begin collecting images in South Africa for Google Maps Street View". TheMarketingSite.com. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ David Smith. "Google Street View gives virtual tour of Mandela’s ex-prison on Robben Island". the Guardian. 
  5. ^ "Google Street View goes off-road in Madagascar". Blue Ventures. 
  6. ^ "Christmas Gift of Google Street View – Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport". Goo.gl. 2015-12-24. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. 
  8. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. 
  9. ^ Street View comes to Réunion - Google Earth Blog
  10. ^ the-mzansi-experience-discover-south.html
  11. ^ http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/08/google-street-view-south-africa-safari/
  12. ^ https://www.google.com/maps/
  13. ^ a b Settlement has most or all roads mapped
  14. ^ a b Settlement has many roads covered, but some areas still missing
  15. ^ a b Settlement has only a few roads mapped, for example only the main street
  16. ^ Charlie English. "War-torn Mali plans to build university in Timbuktu". the Guardian.