Chapman's Peak and the Cape coastal routes, Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon are South Africa's top tourist attractions.
They were announced by Google and South African Tourism as the winners of the online and mobile poll, in which South Africans voted for the first tourist attractions to be photographed by the Street View Trike.
The three tourist attractions will get a visit from the Street View trike and car in the coming weeks. The images it collects will be carefully stitched together with the aim for them to be available in Street View on Google Maps, in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Businesses and tourism organisations around the country can benefit from the Street View technology by embedding Google Maps directly into their websites for free. Here they can add layers of information such as parking locations, viewpoints and details of upcoming events. Other sites on the voting shortlist will also be added to Street View.
Google and South African Tourism started the campaign two weeks ago by asking the South African public to vote online and on their mobile phones for their favourite tourist treasures.
In addition to the winners, the voting shortlist of 20 included Tsitsikamma National Park, Simon's Town and Boulders Beach, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Franschhoek Winelands, Durban Waterfront, Newlands Cricket Stadium, Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves, Addo Elephant Park, Madiba's House, Hector Pieterson Memorial and other Soweto Highlights; Constitution Hill; St Lucia/iSimangaliso Wetlands; the Big Hole, Kimberley; Cathedral Peak; the Apartheid Museum; Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift and Valley of the Zulu Kings; Golf Course Highlights; and the Bloemfontein Houses of Parliament.
Stephen Newton, country manager for Google South Africa, says: "We've seen a tremendous amount of enthusiasm from people to get their favourite places onto Street View, including via our voting pages and via suggestions over radio. Now it's down to our super fit tryclists and our drivers to get cracking and photograph these places so that curious naturalists, tourists and students all over the globe can soon admire the country's heritage and plan their next holiday."