Google Street View has today released data showing Kenya’s most sought after locations in the past year from bus stations, historical buildings, business centres, national parks, museums, hotels, and cities.
The data was released to commemorate Street View’s 15th anniversary and to showcase the various places that hold significance to Kenyans.
According to the data, Nairobi’s Tea-room area , a 24-hour bus terminal for travelers heading to Rift valley, Western, Central and Coastal Kenya regions attracted the highest number of views. Tea-room is a major business hub hosting businesses selling assorted wares from footwear, uniforms, water pumps, vehicle spare parts, hand, motorised and electrical tools among others.
Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Kenya, Sharon Machira said: “Street View is a virtual representation of our surroundings on Google Maps, consisting of billions of panoramic images. Street View’s content comes from two sources, Google and contributors. Through our collective efforts, we enable people everywhere to virtually explore the world.”
Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service, situated along Moi Avenue next to Ambassador Hotel that emerged second is a popular landmark that holds 40,000 volumes of historical information and houses the Murumbi Gallery which contains African artifacts that were collected in the 19th century.
Imenti House and Star shopping malls that house a number of exhibition stalls selling clothes, perfumes, phones, and among other items emerged third and fourth respectively.
The data further reveals that people exploring Kenya on Street View from across the globe mostly sought to familiarise themselves with Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Eldoret. There was also a spike on Street View for users looking for information and images on the National Archives Moi Avenue, Fort Jesus Museum, National Museums of Kenya, Aberdare, Karen Blixen Museum and Kitale Museum.
What Kenyans viewed most on Street View
- Kenya National Archives & Documentation Service
- Imenti House
- Star Shopping Mall
- Kimathi Chambers
- Total Energies Frontview Service Station
- United Snacks & Hotel
- Bihi Towers
- RNG Plaza
- Nyayo House, Nairobi.
Top Museums Clicked on Street View between April 2021 – April 2022
- Kenya National Museum Society
- National Archives Moi Avenue
- Fort Jesus Museum
- National Museums of Kenya
- Karen Blixen Museum
- Kitale Museum
Cities and Admin Areas with the most visitors on Street View between May 2021 – April 2022)
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