While we busy teaching the Western Cape’s conservation practitioners how to use Google Earths & Maps in Stellenbosch and Cape Town over the last two weeks (more on that soon), our editor, Peter Levey, was working on ways to make the National Parks more visible virtually.
We’ve been sitting on a lot of photos taken by volunteer mappers over the course of the last two years as they crisscrossed the continent’s national parks with their GPSes and cameras. Peter took a selection of these photographs, uploaded them as slideshows to Picasa and embedded these in Google Earth (Learn how to do that here).
He then uploaded these to the protected areas in question (much like you can add your own Google Earth KML and KMZ files to your MAPA project bubbles). The end result? If you visit a selection of National Parks, and click on “click to see more” (as shown below) you can view these photographs within Google Earth. Just click on the slideshow icon, as shown below, to see them.
The Parks that we’ve uploaded slideshows for are are:
- Bikuar, Angola
- Kasungu, Malawi
- Akagera, Rwanda
- Gombe Stream, Tanzania
- Katavi, Tanzania
- Murchison Falls, Uganda
- Sioma Ngwezi, Zambia
- Hwange, Zimbabwe
- Gorongosa. Mozambique
- Nechisar, Ehiopia
In the coming months we’ll add more slideshows and track tours (like the one we added for Iona, in Angola). Let us know what you think, or email us you own. We might just add it to a protected area bubble.