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Petal Maps makes remote sightseeing a reality (plus 5 top African destinations to visit starting August)

Remote sightseeing has never been this easier, all thanks to Huawei's Petal Maps, which makes 'traveling in real time' a reality for local and international travelers looking to explore the world and their surrounds any given time or season - without even having to set foot outside. Below are 5 top African destinations to visit in person starting August.

The past few months have been freezing and forcing us to stay indoors as much as possible. Sadly for international tourists wishing to visit South Africa and other African countries, it meant putting their travel plans aside until the weather gets friendlier, especially for unapologetic sun worshippers.

But thanks to Petal Maps, Huawei’s latest map navigation system designed for global markets, it is now possible for users – local and international travelers alike – looking to explore the world and their surrounds any given time to view their chosen landmarks in vivid detail and plan their trips properly before hand – using 3D effects.

Since its launch in 2020 as Google Maps’ alternative for Huawei devices in the wake of US-China trade war, Petal Maps has grown tremendously and now offers innovative travel and navigation experiences to more than 28 million users in over 160 countries, including South Africa.

The platform now offers a more realistic 3D map with a variety of useful elements like weather, trees and time to reflect real-world conditions. This allows users to be prepared (for example, to pack their umbrellas if they plan to go to an area with heavy rain or pack warm clothes) because they can see the weather conditions along their desired routes and intended destinations.

Petal Maps includes real-time weather information with 24-hour forecast.

Since its launch, ten thousands of virtual building models and 3D effects for iconic landmarks have been added. Not only that, travelers or drivers can easily input and save their favourite locations as they plan the weekend trip away with family and friends.

Through its partnership with third-party hotel booking platforms such as Trivago, they can can check accommodation pricing, availability and other relevant information directly from Petal Maps, including destination reviews when planning their itinerary. 

5 top African destinations to visit starting August

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe isn’t dubbed Africa’s adventure capital of Africa for nothing. From game drives to water sports on the Zambezi River, to the clear views of one of the most stunning waterfalls in the world, you’ll be treated to a trip unlike any other in this world famous waterfall.

Delightfully, August is the perfect time to visit the ‘smoke that thunders’ as the area is in the dry season with water levels low while still providing a brilliant flow.

Victoria Falls boasts clear views of one of the most stunning waterfalls in the world.

Lake Volta, Ghana

If you’re not a fan of the beach or safaris, visiting Lake Volta might be a hood alternative. This is the largest artificial reservoir in the world based on surface area and generates a significant amount of the country’s electricity. To put its size in perspective, Lake Volta covers almost 4% of the land area of Ghana. You can fish to your heart’s content or enjoy any of the excellent variety of exotic and luxurious hotels near the lake.

Cape Town, South Africa

The Mother City is a must for those looking for exhilarating outdoor adventures; from the inviting beaches; to the scenic parks scenic and of course the breathtaking Table Mountain, and historic Robben Island, usually name it. Plus it has a treasure trove of critically-acclaimed restaurants, hotels and restaurants, as well as hotels and shopping centres (most notably the V&A Waterfront) to keep anyone busy at any given time of the day.

Travelers can explore the breathing Table Mountain in all its glory and picturesque surrounds of Cape Town using Petal Maps. Image sourced: NOWinSA.

On a more positive note, August also sees the start of the whale migration across the Garden Route, while there are also the sheer variety of art tours, vineyards and other iconic sites to explore.

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

The Bazaruto Archipelago of Mozambique is a chain of six islands strung out in the Indian Ocean. Whether you’re looking to relax or escape the daily buzz of city life or simply go on a adventure of a lifetime along the coast, Mozambique has got something exciting everyone.

Masai Mara, Kenya

The great Wildebeest Migration provides one of the world’s most spectacular displays of wildlife behavior.

World famous for its abundant wildlife, ancient treasures and vibrant cultures, a trip to Africa would be complete without experiencing the great Wildebeest Migration across the internationally-renowned Masai Mara Safari Park. Even though visitor and vehicle numbers are at their highest for this time of year, it’s for good reason given the high density of predators in the area and the common occurrences of predator-prey interactions. To behold this great crossing is definitely something anyone would want to experience in their lifetime.

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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