Google Maps South Africa Updated… At Last

Google Maps on Apple iPhone
Image by niallkennedy via Flickr

In a move probably more related to a push from Apple and Vodafone over the uselessness of the iPhone‘s mapping ability than out of Google‘s own world domination attempts, Google Maps has finally been updated with a vastly more comprehensive detail level on maps in South Africa.

So its good news for all us tech junkies who are too lazy to bother with paper maps, but for the likes of Streetmaps, Brabys and various other South African map printing companies it spells time to rethink or get out.

Updated Street Level Google Maps
Updated Street Level Google Maps

Best we keep an eye out for Google Street View Cars clogging our streets in the near future, but my hopes aren’t high, so I’ll take that one with a pinch of salt, but it is likely the directions feature should become available as soon as Google points their route crunchers at the new mapping data.

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Google Sightseeing, South African style

As pointed out by Cherryflava and Marc Forrest from Satellite ZA, Google Maps is now starting to cover areas of South Africa.

The two sites above have a multitude of interesting locations covered in Google Sightseeing style. also has a bunch of good spots to check out.

So now I’m joining the hunt for some more interesting satellite sightseeing locations in .ZA:

Alphen Park, Benoni, South Africa (the suburb where I live).

Lakeside MallThe Lakeside Mall, Benoni, South Africa

East Rand MallThe East Rand Mall, Boksburg, South Africa