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South Africa may feel a world away for many Africans and international travellers due to its position at the southernmost tip of the continent, nestled between the great Indian and Atlantic Oceans. However, as of 8 March 2016 you don’t need to let hours of plane travel or miles of ocean stand in the way of what has been called the Mzansi Experience, as a virtual trip to South Africa now awaits you thanks to Google Maps.

South Africa is known for its unique array of wildlife. Visiting Kruger National Park in Google Maps, you can see some of its majestic creatures as if you were there in real life. Catch a glimpse of an elephant enjoying a grassy snack, and a herd of buffalo charging against the wind. You may even spot a leopard, which often remains elusive to tourists and locals alike.

An elephant grazing in Kruger National Park, South Africa
An elephant grazing in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Climbing to the top of Table Mountain, even on a cloudy day, gives you a breathtaking view of where civilisation and nature collide in Cape Town. Feeling like you’re on top of the world has never been so easy as it is at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, South Africa
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, South Africa

For the beach bums out there, South Africa is a must. With Street View, you can watch the waves break at Sandy Bay, gaze at the clear blue sky and water at Clifton Beach, go parasailing at Sunset Beach or just take a long walk along Durban’s Golden Mile.

Sunset Beach, South Africa
Sunset Beach, South Africa

This South African Street View tour is just a taste of these vast plains. We hope that visiting South Africa with Google Maps (available on iOS and Android) will inspire a deeper appreciation for the country and its wildlife, as well as showcase the beauty of the African continent. Whether you continue your journey in Google Maps or in person, we invite you to enjoy the views and landscapes of the Rainbow Nation.

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