Google has officially launched its virtual maps alias street view feature on maps for some Kenyan parks and conservancies. The move will, therefore, enable tourists all over the world take virtual tours around Kenya.

Some of the parks which have been scheduled for the service are Amboseli, Nairobi National Park, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Nakuru, Hell’s Gate, Mt Kenya and Samburu National Reserve.

The virtual maps will improve KWS’s brand identity, develop a ready and accessible information hub for customers, better target audience reach, and thus build a virtual shop for KWS products.

With 82% of travellers undecided on a destination and 74% of them starting their research or inspiration online, it’s critical that we have Kenya online.

Google Kenya country director Charles Murito 

The virtual map captures 360-degree ground-level imagery, enabling users remotely explore landmarks and park features.

The capture of images was done through a collaboration between Google, the Ministry of Tourism, Kenya Wildlife Services, the county governments of Narok and Samburu and also Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Street View, by Google Maps, is a virtual representation of our surroundings on Google Maps. It consists of millions of panoramic images. Street View’s content comes from two s – Google and contributors.