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By 24 November 2009 | Categories: news

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Google and South African Tourism (SAT) today announced the winners of the online and mobile poll in which South Africans voted for their preferred tourist attractions, to be photographed ahead of any other by Google’s Street View Trikes.

The three wheeled Trikes, with mounted Street View cameras and specially decorated boxes containing image-collecting gadgets, are officially on their way to Chapman’s Peak and the Cape coastal routes, Kruger National Park, and the Blyde River Canyon.

The collected images from these attractions will then be processed with the goal of having them accessible on Google Maps Street View in time for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. The other 20 sites on the voting shortlist, including Tsitsikamma National Park, Simon\'s Town and Boulders Beach, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Franschhoek Winelands, Durban Waterfront and Madiba\'s House will be added to Street View at a later date.

“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of enthusiasm from people to get their favourite places onto Street View, including via our voting pages and via suggestions over radio. Now it’s down to our super fit tricyclists and our drivers to get cracking and photograph these places so that curious naturalists, tourists and students all over the globe can soon admire the country’s heritage and plan their next holiday,” explained Stephen Newton, Country Manager for Google South Africa.

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