Does an African Safari seem like something you'd like to experience but you're too broke to ever actually do it? No problem! Google Maps Street View lets you take a virtual tour through Kenya's Samburu National Park … and it's free!
Just A Couple Of Clicks Away
Kenya might be thousands of miles away depending on where you live, but Kenya's Samburu National Park is just a couple of mouse clicks away. This virtual safari will allow you to explore the 64-square mile park (some restrictions apply) and take a look at some of the most interesting wild animals you've ever seen.
The Inspiring Story
The charity 'Save the Elephants' initiated this virtual tour in order to promote support for the conservation of wildlife. The project itself follows the various elephant families throughout the conservatory.
Easy To Find
Click And Explore the vast space (within the route) or click on any of the various links that say 'Explore this place' to get a closer look at the area and even the animals. It will provide you with the most amazing views. You'll swear you're actually there.
Kenya's tourist board is very excited to allow one of their national parks to be accessed this way. Of course, to deter poachers from using this nifty tool to hunt down animals, the route the virtual tour provides does not allow you to go off and explore freely through the entire central Kenyan reserve.
Besides elephants, you'll also see animals like leopards and zebras along the way. Samburu's county governor, Moses Lenolkulal stated that he hopes that this will allow the world to experience their culture and the animals that they live with so that they can appreciate how vital it is to conserve this ecosystem.
Save The Elephants
This project will hopefully help people fight off the ivory trade as well which is responsible for killing over 100,000 elephants in Africa from 2010 to 2012 simply to extract the tusks and essentially endangering the future of these majestic animals.
After losing over 64 percent of its elephants to the African and Chinese ivory trade in the last ten years alone, Central Africa and Save the Elephants head of field operations, David Daballen hope that this will help save the elephant population.
This was no easy task. The project involved the Samburu County Government, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Samburu National Reserve and the Save the Elephants organization. It involved the grueling task of 845,000 hours of GPS tracking, recording 20,655 field observations and identifying over a thousand elephants in the wild.
Two Main Elephant Families And More
The virtual tour follows the Hardwoods and the Spices, two elephant families you'll see a lot of. But of course there's plenty of surprises that await you as you take this magnificent virtual tour. Besides animals you'll also see Samburu warriors and so much more than you can imagine, and without leaving the house!