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Now You Can Go On An African Safari Via Google’s Street View

by Milicent Atieno
Now You Can Go On A Kenyan Virtually Via Google’s Street View

Human beings were never meant to spend all their time sitting in a classroom, or an office for an extended period during the day, for days, months and even years. However, this has become the norm for the modern man. We live in confinement for various reasons ranging from security, affordability, convenience, work and health among other reasons. These confinements can be in different forms such as homes, offices, workshops, cars and classes to mention just a few.

These routine lifestyles make people want to do extremist things like going for bungy jumping or visiting places as far and disconnected as possible from their usual environments. Some people like to refer to these incredibly thrilling things they wish to do as a bucket list; a list of things you would like to do before your time is up.

Most things on the bucket list are usually unfulfilled because often the person lacked the time and/or resources to fulfill them. However, if you have been wishing to go on an African safari in Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve. You can now do so on your laptop all thanks to Google’s virtual reality Street View. As part of Google’s Save the Elephant charity.

To take the Street View of the Samburu National Reserve, Google took panoramic imagery of a 65-square mile park capturing over 600 elephants, lions, leopards, zebras and even the Samburu warriors. Google hopes to get the stay-at-home safari enthusiasts to actively involved in the Save the Elephant campaign.

Head of the Save the Elephant’s field operations, David Daballen said, “For the last 15 years… I’ve spent my days among the elephants, working alongside my fellow Samburu people to study and protect them. Research shows that 100,000 elephants across Africa were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012, but thanks to our work in the Samburu National Reserve, their numbers are now slowly increasing.

Today, a visit to Samburu is a chance not only to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, but also discover a uniquely beautiful landscape where people’s lives are interwoven with the landscape’s wildlife.”

Street View is a service started by Google some eight years ago. The company uses camera perched on top of cars, boats, camels, backpacks, trikes, and even a zipline to capture images. The Street View of Kenya’s Samburu’s National Reserves has fascinating contents and more are still being added to its database.

Now, coach potatoes can climb to the top of Mount Fuji, trek through the Liwa Desert and the Great Barrier Reef while comfortably seated in their favorite seat.

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