You can now explore all 19 of South Africa’s National Parks on Google Maps

November 3, 2017 by  
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Have you ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela , track cheetahs on foot , or stroll with elephants — and other exotic creatures — in South Africa ? Well, here’s your chance. Thanks to the efforts of over 200 volunteers, now you can use Google Maps to explore 19 National Parks, 17 nature reserves, and many other sites of natural, cultural and historical significance in South Africa. More than 200 nature-loving South Africans volunteered to map out parts of the country they call home. Many of the helpers were rangers and guides with SANParks , CapeNature and KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife . Others were just good Samaritans, tech enthusiasts and avid hikers who want to make a difference. Over the span of twelve months, the volunteers trekked over 50,000km to establish 232 points of interest. Said Magdalena Filak, Program Manager for Google, “The hundreds of volunteers who helped along the way proved to be truly passionate about showing the best of South Africa through their participation in the loan program.” The Google Street View Camera Loan program encourages anyone to borrow the 360-degree camera technology to help the planet . Reportedly, this is the first time Google has partnered with a third-party for the program. Drive South Africa played a big role in coordinating the volunteers . Andre Van Kets, an outdoor enthusiast and the founder of the Cape Town -based company, explained the technology: “The Trekker camera is a 22kg custom-made backpack fitted with 15 cameras pointing in all directions. The on-board technology plots the camera’s exact location on the trail. While recording, the camera takes a 360-degree photo every two-seconds. It’s basically the off-road equivalent of Google’s Street View cars.” Kets added that he saw “potential in this technology to showcase South Africa to travellers around the globe” when he applied. Related: Thousands of plastic bottles transformed into an inspiring tower of hope in South Africa In addition to mapping over two hundred points of interest, volunteers mapped eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Users can also see Mapungubwe Hill , which is home to an ancient African civilization, the Richtersveld that is known for its incredible moonscapes, and iSimangaliso Wetland Park , South Africa’s oldest UNESCO site which serves as a critical habitat for many species . The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Dennis Wood of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said, “As the proud conservation authority for KwaZulu-Natal, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife are excited to be partnered with Google’ new initiative in exposing our trails on this global platform that we believe will engage our prospective guests to “Take time to Discover” our province’s rich natural beauty and conservation wildlife heritage.” + Google Street View Loan Program Images via Google Maps

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Barbara Wildenboer repurposes books into complex works of art

March 12, 2015 by  
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Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

September 17, 2014 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

September 17, 2014 by  
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon just named Leonardo DiCaprio a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. The Academy Award-nominated actor and committed environmental activist joins 11 others in the role, including Stevie Wonder, primatologist Jane Goodall, author Paulo Coelho, and fellow actors Michael Douglas, Charlize Theron and George Clooney. DiCaprio’s first engagement as a Messenger will be to address the UN Climate Summit in New York on 23 September, 2014. Read the rest of Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: celebrities , Climate Change , global warming , Leonardo DiCaprio , Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace , New York. , Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon , un climate summit , United Nations , United Nations Messenger of Peace

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

September 17, 2014 by  
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GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

March 24, 2014 by  
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GROWbag is a unique outdoor planter that offers an easy and attractive way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, plants and succulents regardless of the size of the garden, balcony, driveway or wall and roof space. We have taken old billboard vinyl skins that would normally be thrown away and converted them into our own unique planters. This recycled vinyl is highly durable and incredibly long lasting – which makes it the perfect material for our GROWbags! Each GROWbag is handmade in Cape Town by skilled producers who pride themselves with quality work and ethics – empowering their staff members and creating jobs. + GROWbag The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , billboard garden bag , billboard planters , Cape Town , GROWbag , GROWbags , reader submitted content , Recycled Materials , repurposed materials , rooftop gardening , South Africa , urban gardening        

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Top 10 Green Products from Design Indaba 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa

March 14, 2014 by  
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Clever Pop-Up Store Lets Homeless South Africans ‘Shop’ For Used Clothing

February 1, 2014 by  
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Most of us can’t imagine the stress and shame that come along with being homeless. Services that are meant to help those without a place to live mean well, but often they treat homeless individuals like unfeeling cattle–expecting that they should take what they’re given because “beggars can’t be choosers.” A clever pop-up store in South Africa rejects that hurtful perspective, and uses some unique marketing to distribute clothing to those who need it most in the Cape Town area. Click the link below to find out what they did, and how well it’s working. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cape Town , clothes for the homeless , collaborative consumption , donated clothing , gift economy , homeless services , pop-up shops , sharing economy , South Africa , the street store , used clothing        

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Artist Etches Beautiful Beach Calligraphy into South African Sands

August 13, 2013 by  
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6 Cozy Cocoons to Retreat From The World

May 18, 2012 by  
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