Google Street View was introduced in several cities in the United States in 2007. It has since grown to include cities and rural areas worldwide. Blue lines on Google Maps indicate that Street View images are available on this section. In Africa, only Egypt and countries in southern Africa have been photographed and added to Google Street View. It provides the 360-degree image of a road or area. In 2015, there was a mini debut in Kenya when the Samburu National Reserve was added to the map feature.
Today, Kenya is joining other countries around the world where Google has introduced its popular map service. The launch and announcement took place on 15 October 2018 at the first Google for Kenya meeting where the company presented its strategy and commitment to contribute to the country’s economic and social growth.
Google launches Street View in Kenya with 9,500 kilometers of beautiful images of Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nyeri and Malindi. The views are available on Google Maps and are accessible to everyone around the world.
The Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, attended the launch event in Nairobi and said the map service would help the country’s tourism industry: “Google Street View will bring Kenya to the world by enabling a global audience to virtually explore our cities, other urban centres and bring the world to Kenya by increasing a user’s appetite to physically visit a place of interest that they have experienced virtually.”
For the first time in Kenya, Google is launching its Street View service, which allows users to virtually explore the country with images of streets, cities and parks with a single click. It will include major cities, streets and highly frequented places such as the Masai Mara and other tourist destinations.
“By virtually or physically visiting Kenya’s leading tourist attractions, we will inspire people around the world to have a deeper appreciation for Kenya, its people, the natural landscape, and the wildlife in Kenya so that they can visit and also support the preservation of this natural heritage.”
The Samburu National Reserve has received its own project page from Google.