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Google Street View Comes To Botswana
Botswana, a country of 2 million people and 70 per cent covered by the Kalahari Desert, on Monday became the second African country to be featured on Google Maps' Street View, allowing users to explore landmarks such as the Okavango Delta. "Whether you are planning a safari, doing a homework assignment on Botswana, or promoting your local business, Street View will allow you to experience a slice of the country," said Ory Okolloh, policy manager for Google Sub-Saharan Africa.
 
There have been complaints about Google Street Views invasion of privacy, and jeopardising of national security by images of military bases taken by street view vehicles. Google officials however said they are working with their security people on a checklist of what to photograph and what not to photograph. Google applies face blurring and licence plate blurring to protect people's privacy in Street View. Once images are available, users can report images for removal by clicking on ''report a problem'' on the bottom left hand corner of the image.
 
Users will now be able to virtually explore the world's biggest inland river delta;  the 16,000 square kilometre Okavango Delta as well as the Kalahari desert, as well as the Makgadikgadi Pan and Chobe National Park home to the largest concentration of African elephants in the world.

 
Street View is already available in more than 30 countries around the world.  Street View was first launched on the African continent in Botswana's neighbour South Africa, just ahead of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.
 
 

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