Pan- African development website Elicit Africa reports the technology giant Google, working with a South African team, used 360-degree cameras to capture thousands of images to compile a wide range of virtual tours, making it possible to \u201cclimb\u201d a mountain range on computer, tablet or mobile phone.\r\n\r\nElicit Africa quotes\u00a0South African National Parks (SANParks)\u00a0who reports the announcement of the 170 new Google trails in South Africa\u2019s national parks and reserves follows the work done by The Mzansi Experience, which was launched in March 2016. The project showcases prominent tourist attractions in Southern Africa on Google Street View, such as the Kruger National Park, Table Mountain and Cape Point reserves.\r\n\r\nThe 170 new trails now incorporate \u00a0all of South Africa\u2019s 19 national parks, 17 nature reserves as well as other sites of natural, cultural and historical significance. The combined length of the 170 trails is over 900km.\r\n\r\nSouth African volunteers from across the country were involved in the 12-month project, like Mate Modisha (pictured, courtesy Rick Harrington\/Lonely Planet), a field ranger at Cape Nature\u2019s Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, who was one of 206 South Africans who carried the Google Trekker camera.\r\n\r\nGoogle\u2019s project manager, Magdalena Filak, says the volunteers were \u201ctruly passionate about showing the best of South Africa through their participation in the loan programme\u201d.\r\n\r\nGoogle\u2019s Street View Camera Loan Programme creates an opportunity for anyone around the world to apply to borrow one of Google\u2019s large 360-degree cameras to help map the planet.\r\n\r\nThe South African team of volunteers was coordinated by loan programme partner Drive South Africa, headed by Andre Van Kets, an outdoor enthusiast. He says the the \u201cTrekker camera\u201d weighs 22kg fitted in a backpack with 15 lenses pointing in all directions. On-board technology plots the camera\u2019s location on the trail. While recording, the camera takes a 360-degree photo every two-seconds. \u201cIt\u2019s basically the off-road equivalent of Google\u2019s Street View cars.\u201d\r\n\r\nAmong the online experience of South Africa\u2019s wildlife areas are seven of South Africa\u2019s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Users can, among others, see Mapungubwe Hill, home to an ancient African civilisation, the Richtersveld with its arid moonscapes, the towering Drakensberg Mountains, and iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa\u2019s oldest UNESCO site and a critical habitat for a range of species.