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Check out Africa safari hotspots before you leave the UK

Holidaymakers will soon be able to check out some of the most prominent African safari hotspots before they leave the UK, after Google announced it was launching its Street View facility in Botswana.

Bosses at the search engine giant have confirmed that plans are in place to take ground images of some of the country's national parks and game reserves, which will enable travellers to see where they are going before they board their plane.

The technology is already available in 30 countries worldwide and South Africa became the first African nation to be the subject of Street View users ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Street View cameras will capture footage in the Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Makgadikgadi salt pans.

Botswana is blessed with some of the finest game reserves in Africa and it is densely populated with exotic birds and creatures, including the "big five" - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino.