While our passports might be gathering dust, you can still scratch that travel itch with the new joint initiative from Google South Africa and South African Tourism.
Introducing ‘South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise’, a virtual exhibition enabling viewers to delve into the wonders of South Africa without leaving the comfort of their home.
From being up close and personal with the elusive Big 5, to getting your heart racing with a thrilling outdoor adventure, the entire country is yours to explore from the palm of your hand.
The Beginning of a New Era
It’s no secret COVID has created pressure on the global travel industry like never before. However, this exciting collaboration between Google South Africa and South African Tourism offers travellers an opportunity to celebrate South Africa’s diversity, rich cultural heritage, and breath-taking landscapes as well as keeping their finger on the pulse for when international borders re-open.
South African Tourism CEO Sisa Ntshona commented,
“The Google Arts and Culture platform does a great job in creating awareness for the rest of the world to get a spectacular glimpse of South Africa, but what also excites me is the potential of the partnership to grow the sector on the digital front.”
So while we’re grounded, why not make the most of a virtual adventure!
Did you know? Although South Africa only makes up about 1% of the Earth’s landmass, it’s home to almost 10% of known bird, fish, and plant species, as well as 6% of its mammal and reptile species? With the help of Google South Africa and South African Tourism, you’ll be able to spot wildlife any time of the day!
Enjoy a virtual safari through iconic destinations such as Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg National Park with a plethora of video content and fun facts about the superstars of South African bush and its untouched wildlife. The best part? Having unprecedented access to stunning savannahs and plains completely to yourself!
If dramatic landscapes and spectacular views are at the top of your bucket list, Oribi Gorge is a must-visit. Found 21 kilometres inland from Port Shepstone, Oribi Gorge is well-known for its challenging hiking trails and picturesque picnic spots. The gorge’s sandstone cliffs, carved out by the Umzimkulwana River are not only stunning to view but also act as the perfect home for a wide variety of wildlife. Over 250 species of birds have been identified in the gorge, making it a bird-watching haven.
Thrillseekers can get their high from the wide range of video and photo content showcasing the many adrenaline-inducing activities on offer in South Africa. From bungee-jumping to diving with sharks, where there’s a will, there’s a thrill! Take the leap and explore the wide range of adventures here!
If you want to broaden your horizons from home, check out what other exciting adventures are waiting to be discovered in the new South Africa: An Explorer’s Paradise online exhibition here!
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