Kimendero’s nightmare? Googleardi, part 6

Earlier this week, Google released a new version of its earth viewer programme Google Earth – a stable BETA 4 which I just had to download and try out.
As far as I can tell, the new BETA looks promising, making navigation much easier and faster (!) – and of course with a new release, they also implemented some “new” maps/satellite images:

For downtown Nairobi, the guys running the image database added a CLOUDY satellite image – which is still better than what we had some time ago.

Now let’s have a look at Nairobi State House….


…sorry, this one of course :-)


Google Earth is also perfect for tracking down the various swimming pools all over Nairobi. Something that might come in handy while in Nairobi, in search for an open swimming pool. After all, not all pools are private (which of course reminds me of Mbuzimoja & me trying to find an open pool in NBO as late as 8pm – the only place open till 9pm is….THE GRAND REGENCY HOTEL, which charges Kshs. 1.000 /= pp….aterere…).

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6 thoughts on “Kimendero’s nightmare? Googleardi, part 6”

  1. Good find. I’ve downloaded this newest build and will continue to play with it. I love how much of an improvement it is!

  2. For the late night swim pool try Radlee’s restaurant in Lavington (neat Strathmore)

  3. I was surprised to find out that Nairobi Safari Club had a pool that was open to the public for about 500bob a pop. That was way back though, I am not sure what it costs now.

    I think that I will give Google Earth another shot, it was fun but I really could not figure out anything useful to do with it. Where can I find the high res Kenyan maps.

    By the way, do you know about Microsoft’s Terra Server?

    – Steve

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