- 10.25.10 - 9:00AM
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- Jed Stoneham
A Google Maps Street View Safari
Going on an actual safari takes a lot of cash, but going on the internet is way cheaper. Some of you may remember saving money by rock climbing in your house or taking a virtual hike. Now, it's time to take a free safari around the globe with Google Maps and Street View. No need to worry about mosquito netting, sweltering heat, or crippling camel allergies. This digital tour will keep you far from any real-life ferocious animals.
Fill your canteen, grab your camera and get inoculated. It's time to take a Google Safari.
After using the power of Google internet transport we've safely landed in Lower Sabie South Africa. Just off to the right of our all-terrain vehicle you'll see a few Impalas bounding through the African wildlands. [View on Google Maps]
Our next photo opportunity takes us down the winding Napi Road, also in South Africa. This troop of baboons is part of the Animalia Family. We're having a lot of success during our drive through South Africa so let's hang out here a little longer, and see what else we can find. [View on Google Maps]
There! Hold on. Let's quiet down a little. If we move up a little closer. Look! Just over there. It's a family of elephants. Elephants are really such majestic creatures. [View on Google Maps]
You're probably tired of sitting in front of the computer, and it's getting pretty hot, so let's make a splashdown in Antarctica. This continent is the newest virtual safari offered by Google. Here we have a beautiful gathering of exotic penguins. Notice their distinct black and white plumage. [View on Google Maps]
I think further down the path, after a few more clicks just up around the bend we'll be able to take a closer look at these quirky animals. Here we are. A nice close-up view of some penguins. [View on Google Maps]
After a long trip across the Atlantic, we've arrived in rustic Oklahoma, U.S. I hope the ride wasn't too bumpy. Off to your left you'll see a herd of Bison in their natural habitat, alongside roads or in pens. [View on Google Maps] MegaFlyover project from National Geographic.
Just over the left wing we're coming up on some wild Hippos taking a refreshing mud bath in Tanzania. [View on Google Maps]
Hopefully you're able to hear me over the sound of this tiny plane's roaring engines. It looks like we've stumbled upon a small gathering of camels. From this angle you can really appreciate their unusual shape. [View on Google Maps]
As we dip down near the coastline of Namibia you'll notice quite a few seals splashing about below. Should we go for a dip? I'm not sure the plane would hold together in the water. No, that's a horrible idea. [View on Google Maps]
Well, that about wraps up our safari of the entire world. We hope you enjoyed your trip and remember to take all belongings with you. Especially hats and glasses. And your laptop. Don't just leave your laptop sitting somewhere. No seriously, this wasn't a real safari. It will be stolen.
To view more animals from above, load this file into Google Earth to see additional birds, buffalo, camels, cattle, chicken, dogs, donkeys, egrets, elephants, flamingos, gazelles, goats, hippos, horses, lechwe, oryx, seals, and sheep.
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