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Here's how you can help put SA's trails on the (Google) Map
If you’ve always dreamt of helping to put our beautiful country on the map now is your chance – quite literally.
Cape Town based travel company Drive South Africa has partnered with Google through the Google Street View camera loan program to capture 360-degree Street View imagery of South Africa’s top wilderness, cultural and historic sites for Google Maps.
And so far, the initiative has been a roaring success. In just six weeks, 22 volunteer trekkers have already covered over 150 kilometres on foot.
Volunteers have hiked 33 trails across the Cape Peninsula, including seven routes up Table Mountain, five beaches and three urban trails such as the Sea Point promenade.
But the Google capturing initiative has grown too big for Cape Town alone, and aims to expand over the rest of the country.
Over 20 national parks, eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and many more sites need to be trekked before the end of 2016 as part of the #TrekSouthAfrica campaign – and the organisers are calling on South Africans to help put South Africa's trails on Google Maps.
The project has gained support from various tourism stakeholders: Wesgro - the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, as well as South African National Parks (SANParks), Cape Nature, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and lead project partner South African Tourism.
“We are very excited to back this opportunity to deliver the real South Africa to people all over the world via Google’s widely used platforms,” Margie Whitehouse, Chief Marketing Officer of SA Tourism says.
The project comes in the wake of Google's launch of South Africa: Mzansi Experience in March 2016, which helped the world explore South Africa’s iconic destinations such as the Kruger National Park, Table Mountain, and Cape of Good Hope via 360-degree imagery from the comfort of your armchair.