As mentioned back in May, the South African Tourism office created a tourism layer for Google Earth. The layer is now in the Gallery->Travel and Tourism->South Africa Tourism layer folder. This layer has placemarks of interest all around the country including museums, beaches, safaris, surfing, hiking and more. South Africa will also be hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup and placemarks showing the location of the venues (including new stadiums in several cities) provide details on where the action will be located. The new content was just placed in the layers of Google Earth today.
I’m sure by 2010 we’ll see some new updated aerial or satellite photography and 3D models of the new stadiums to help everyone get their bearings before heading down for the events. I’ve been planning to visit the country myself for some time, so this layer will come in handy for my trip preparations.
About Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.
Patti Fiette says
Thanks for tying this into an upcoming event, we’ll use it.
We’re very excited about being able to showcase our country like this.
Thanks again for your help and inspiration in getting this going.
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It would be much more greater improvements come 2011.
Lyla Burns says
It would be great to be able to have something like this for everywhere in the world. It seems like I’m always doing some sort of social search for the different places I’d like to visit. Hopefully this year I’ll be able to check London off of my bucket list, and then Africa next year!