This is what the bridge at Mahalapye, Central, Botswana, looks like! Copyright Google Maps


Botswana on Monday became the second African country to be featured on Google Maps’ Street View, allowing users to explore landmarks such as the Okavango Delta.

According to TechSmart around 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari Desert, “Botswana has diverse terrain including the delta and wide open grassland and savannah areas.

“Depending on which kind of terrain Pegman falls on, you can navigate around some of the most remote areas of the country,” reported the website.

“Whether you are planning a safari, doing a homework assignment on Botswana, or promoting your local business, Street View will allow you to experience a slice of the country,” said Ory Okolloh, policy manager for Google Sub-Saharan Africa.

Users will now be able to virtually explore the Okavango Delta as well as the Kalahari desert and Chobe National Park — home to the largest concentration of African elephants in the world.

Street View is already available in more than 30 countries around the world. “We hope to add more cultures, landscapes and sites as Street View continues to expand to new places,” Okolloh said.

Street View was first launched on the African continent in Botswana’s neighbour South Africa, just ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.