Ghana, Senegal and Uganda now on Google Street View


By Dirk Friedrich

The popular American author John Hemingway once said, “if i have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” And we agree. From the lovely scenic mountains of the south, to the beautiful beaches of the west, and the exotic parks of east, the regions of Africa contain some of the most breathtaking views in the world.

We’re excited to announce that starting today, you can take virtual tours of some of the most iconic landmarks and monuments in Ghana, Senegal and Uganda. With this launch, Street View now covers 81 countries from across the world, 7 of which are in Africa.

(TOP: A screenshot of Mount Elgom National Park in Uganda from Street View).

You are now able to virtually explore the UNESCO World Heritage-classified village of Nzulezo in Ghana, which is built over Lake Tadane, and consists of stilt-supported structures integrated seamlessly with the water-dominated natural landscape.

If you have an eye for cultural entertainment, you can now also take a virtual walk inside the National Theatre of Ghana, home to the three resident companies of the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Theatre Players.

Explore amazing African art by taking a tour of Senegal’s imposing African Renaissance monument, a 49 meter tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills just outside Dakar, Senegal.

You can also delve into other iconic landmarks, including the stunning Lake Retba, a unique lake known for its pink waters, and take a “drive” through major roads and towns including Dakar, Saint Louis, Thies and Touba.

To bring you the wonders of Uganda, we partnered with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to capture 7 of the most beautiful and iconic National Parks of the country, home to an amazing variety of wildlife. With our StreetView Trekker, either carried by our team or mounted on a vehicle, we travelled through 7 vast National Parks, including the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is home to ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

We are excited that what began with a few South African cities in 2009, has now expanded to many other cities in 7 countries across the continent. From Cape Town to Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and now Ghana, Uganda and Senegal, we are glad that more people from around the world are turning to Street View to to get a glimpse of this beautiful continent. We wouldn’t be surprised if you’ll be tempted to pack your own cameras to explore in person as well!

(Dirk Friedrich is Program Manager Google Street View. This post has been reproduced from Google Africa blog).