When you’re in the Gen 3 coverage, you can see the back of the car. Its the same general car seen in the Southern Africa region.
However, when it is Gen 2 coverage, you get the typical “halo” associated with that camera.
It is also possible to get into Trekker coverage, and that would be Gen 3. This is super rare though.
Like Botswana, these signs are located near the sides of Drainage ditches. However, there appears to only be one sign, not two like Botswana.
Much like the rest of this geographical region, you will see yellow shoulder lines and a white center divider line. Similarly to the other areas, you can also see the triple white line.
South Africa uses several different letters with their roads, however R and M are some of the most common.
All traffic lights in South Africa appear to be on Yellow poles. Or at least all the major cities have them like this. They have varying degrees of paint ware.
Each individual region in South Africa has their own license plate. However, its not the easiest to tell through the blur of Geoguessr. For the sake of this website, each regional license plate will be listed, but just be aware that it may be tough to tell the difference in the game itself.
This is the Northern Province plate.
This is the Northen Cape plate.
This is the Gauteng Province plate.
This is the Western Cape Province plate.
This is the Free State Province plate.
This is the KwaZulu-Natal Province plate.
This is the Mpumalanga Province plate.
This is the Eastern Cape Province plate.
Most seem to have a two letter Province code at the end, however the blur will make it tough to spot those letters.
The 015 indicated the region, while the 082 indicates that it is a mobile number. The image below explains all of that more clearly.
(Click “View Image” to see a larger version of this image)
Wikipedia gave us a wonderful list of where each number in South Africa goes. It may be important to learn this list.
South Africa uses the domain .Za (Stands for Zuid-Afrika).
South Africa uses the Rand. Its usually marked by the letter R.
You will see these vans everywhere. They have a South African flag on the side with a nice design. They are in every city, and I believe they are like Taxi’s.
The general feel to South Africa is very close to Botswana. A good rule of thumb is that Gen 2 is South Africa, Gen 3 needs something else. You can usually find something relatively fast that will help determine the distance. Also, South Africa has more hills than Botswana, as well as more overall coverage.
South Africa uses the English and Afrikaans language. Afrikaans is very similar to the Dutch language. You’ll notice the Afrikaans when it comes to some names of towns / villages (Like the picture above)
Botswana, like most of the Southern Africa region, has the back of the vehicle visable. It is important to note that you will not always see the car, but that it is still visable from time to time!
This bollard is pretty rare, and its usually located about 10 meters off the road.
This bollard is a triangle shape and is about 5 meters from the road. It usually has the KM located on the side. Its found closer to the major cities.
This blueish bollard was found in the city of Gabane, south west of Gaborone.
You find these reflectors and bollards near drainage ditches across the country. Sometimes its two signs (the red and white arrow).
Like most of the Southern Africa region, Botswana has yellow shoulder lines and a white middle line. There is also the chance for the triple white middle line (Like seen in Eswatini).
These road signs look very similar to other countries in this area. The important thing to look for is the letter that is before the number. Botswana uses the letter A, which separates it from South Africa and Eswatini (But not Lesotho). However, The color Green with the letter A is entirely unique!
There are also plenty of signs that have a yellow and black pattern. These are located in / near the major cities. You can also find the curbs following a similar pattern across the country.
These numbers are pretty unique, with the first 2 digits being super important. You can find out why by looking at the image below.
This was taken directly from Wikipedia, but displays why the first two numbers are really important. +267 is the international calling code into Botswana, so keep an eye out for that as well.
There are two official languages of Botswana. English and Tswana. However, English is the official written language, meaning all signs will be English.
Nigeria has a google car which has bars, with different variants:
But what makes it very easily recognizable, is that you are always escorted by a Toyota SUV or Police car behind:
Ghana is extremely easy to recognize because on the Google car which has bars on the roof, one of the four bars has a black duct tape:
All mobile phones start with 02
The car has a roof rack, but with no distinguishing features directly located on the rack itself.
Senegal has what the community calls “Rifts” located all around. They are clearly visable in the majority of the locations, but “riftless” locations are possible. Try moving to see if you can find some rifts to confirm it is Senegal.
Bollards are rare in Senegal, and due to that there are a few varieties. While there may be a pattern, I couldnt figure it out. Ill post what road these bollards were found on in case that helps.
Found off of R-1
Found off of R-2
Most of these bollards are located near drainage areas or curves. Theyre not marked on the sides of the roads anywhere else, unlike the marker below.
These have towns located, as well as distances. They may be tough to see, but they are extremely helpful.
Pretty typical country road, with dashed white lines marking the center divider as well as the shoulders. There are roads that dont fit this look, but this is very common.
This is the most common, often found along major roads and the smaller roads that have power.
This is the second most common, sometimes found alongside the first pole mentioned above.
These have been the same license plates for over 20 years. The DK stands for Dakar and the KD stands for Kolda.
All mobile numbers start with a 7x, while landlines start with a 3x. You will see the numbers like XX – XXX – XX XX.
Its also important to note that there are two area codes. The number 8 Exists within Dakar, while 9 is used everywhere else. However, there are no good examples on Streetview.
Notice the Rifts and the road markings. If you dont end up in a town or a city, this is a good general look of Senegal.
Senegal uses your typical French alphabet for the majority of all road signs. There are 36 languages in Senegal, but these languages are not represented well on streetview.
This is one of the easiest places to recognize based only on the car. Its one of the few countries where you can see the front of the car!
There are two varieties of poles in Uganda. They’re both wooden poles, but contain slight differences. One pole has a strip with 3 voltage relays, while the other pole has a metal circle near the top. You can generally find both in Kampala and the surrounding area.
Uganda uses white front and yellow rear plates.
This is how the numbers generally look in Uganda.
These are the area codes for Uganda, but not all of them are important. Try and focus on Kampala mainly.
Tanzania has trekker coverage and doesn’t have a vehicle. There also is really limited coverage. You can see those examples below.
There are no license plates visable in Tanzania’s coverage.
There are no phone numbers visable in Tanzania’s coverage.
This is Mount Kilimanjaro. There are a few surrounding areas (Pictured above) that have official coverage. All locations will have Kilimanjaro in the background. Only the areas circled in red have official coverage. The other circles are photospheres!
The only other official coverage that exists in Tanzania is the Gombe National Park. It’s near the borders of Burundi along Lake Tanganyika.
It’s very hilly, and you are usually surrounded by dense foliage. However, there are times where you’re on top of the hills with nothing but beautiful sights or by the coast. An example of one of these is located under the Landscape section!
There is also boat coverage, going the length of the national park listed above. It’s clear you’re on a boat even if you can’t see the boat.
There is no language visable in Tanzania’s coverage.
You wont see anything from the car itself. However, Tunisia has a follow car (and is almost always seen). There are a few of these cars.
Please be aware that the car CAN BE in front of the google car. It will still look like the pictures above.
A super important detail is that ALL of the official coverage exists on the eastern coast between Bizerte and Djerba. The only place that isnt on the coast is Kairouan along P12.
You dont see bollards too often, but they are around some corners and some drainage areas. They look super French.
You will always find signs in both French and Arabic. Almost every sign points to Tunis.
You can also find these road markers along most of the major roads. the 116 is the KM you are currently at, while A1 is the road you are on.
This is the general electricity pole. There is also the single side version of this were only one of the top lights is on the pole.
Tunisian plates are black. The follow car usually has a red strip on the left side of the plate (Can be seen on the second image of the car above).
Both numbers shown are mobile numbers. All numbers look like XX-xxx-xxx with the first two being the area code.
These area codes were taken from Wikipedia, but give a good idea of the numbers to look for.
Tunisia uses a typical French alphabet, as well as arabic.
The black border is only on this image to make it easier to see the white section of the flag.
Madagascar uses a Google Trekker, Boats and other vehicles. Each vehicle is unique to a certain area of Madagascar and is mentioned below the pictures.
This boat is located around the island of Nosy Ambariovato in the North of the country as well as the coast directly to the south of the island.
This boat is located around the city of Andavadoaka on the West Coast.
This boat is located on the Sambirano river, located between Ambolohazo and Ambanja.
This boat is located off the west coast and covers some unmapped islands. These islands dont show up on Google Maps. Here is where they are located in the Geoguessr Map Creator.
This boat is located south of St. Augustin. Its very limited coverage.
Trekker View is located in the towns of Ambanja, Centre-Ville, a path east of St. Augustin, the Reserve du Tsaranoro, the Avenue of the Baobabs, the town of Ambiky and a small area north of Bemaneviky. Some of these areas look different than the others.
This is the view of the path covered west of St. Augustin. It all looks very similar to this picture.
This is the view from the Reserve du Tsaranoro. It has a beautiful view and some mountains around the park.
This is the most common feel to Madagascar. This specific example is from the small coverage north of Bemaneviky.
This vehicle is only located on a small stretch of the RN8 road. Its located in the circled image.
Madagascar doesn’t have a unique bollard currently on Google Streetview.
These are located in the larger cities covered by Trekkers. You will not find them in most of the locations covered on Streetview.
Here are two different mobile numbers, showcasing the format.
This telephone is a landline, however it doesnt showcase the “020”.
Landline numbers start with 020 while mobile numbers start with 032, 033 or 034. They all follow the format of XXX XX XXX XX.
These are called Baobabs, and are unique to a single area of Madagascar.
You can find them on the West Coast east of Morondava on RN8 (Near the place the car coverage is).
Please check the Trekker views listed above for the general look. There is also this wonderful map.
Madagascar uses your typical French alphabet as well as the native language Malagasy. However, there were no good examples of the later on streetview .
There is no method to the madness in Egypt, however the coverage is mostly around historically significant places (Like the Pyramids of Giza) or religious sites.
There is no vehicle located here, and its your typical trekker coverage.
License plates are super rare due to the limited coverage. However, these are the private vehicle plates.
While there is super limited coverage, it still exists. You can find examples of (02) and (03) which represent Cairo and Alexadria.
All numbers are set up as either 02-xxxxxxxx or +20-2-xxxxxxxx. The +20 is the international calling code of Egypt.
The picture above doesnt have either an Area code or an International code and instead shows a 011 and a 012x. These indicate mobile numbers.
This is the general feel of the Mosque of Mohammad Ali. Its located South East of the word Cairo on the map. You can also generally see this mosque from every spot of the official coverage.
This street all this covereage on is called “Mari Gerges” and covers a bunch of Churches. It is due east of the word Giza on the map. Its also the only place you will end up on a road.
A lot of the coverage is on the Giza Platue. Its kind of obvious that youre near the pyramids as theyre very prominent.
There is, however, a chance to end up in Alexadria. The official coverage in Alexadria only exists at the Citadel of Qaitbay along the north western coast.
Its clearly different from the other coverage. Its also the only coverage near a large body of water.
As there is limited coverage and its mostly near prominent locations, you will see some signs with Arabic and English.
Lesotho is mostly covered by a white google car.
Bollards are extremely rare in Lesotho but they look like this:
Lesotho has yellow lines on the sides and white in the middle:
License plates in Lesotho have blue on white for private vehicles and red on white for government vehicles. The format is one or two letters followed by four numbers.
Lesotho has the following area codes which are simple to remember:
22,28 Maseru Reserved for fixed
57,58,59 Reserved for cellular use
6x Reserved for cellular use
Fixed line in Maseru:
Cellular (First part 00266 is the country code):
Lesotho usually has mountains/hills which rarely have trees on them, and they seem to be dry, often times with the rock showing:
You will see the back of the car, and its clearly a white vehicle.
These bollards are rare, but are located about 10 meters or so off the road itself.
There are some pretty unique lines in Eswatini. Its the same general lines you’d see in the general region of Southern Africa.
You can also find the triple white lines across the country.
These road signs are common in the area of Southern Africa.
The top plate is for the rear, while the bottom plate is for the front of the vehicles.
Phone numbers are generally only 6 numbers. You can also get a two digit prefix that states region. Most are set up as XX – xx – xxxx.
22 is the Shiselweni region
23 is the Lubombo region
24 is the Hhohho region
and 25 is the Manzini region
76,77 and 78 are all Mobile numbers.
Any number leading with a +268 is the international calling code into Eswatini.
You see these cement bus stops nearly everywhere in Eswatini.
Eswatini feels like South Africa, but has a lot of hills/mountains. Its usually pretty obvious when looking at the camera generation and the hills that you are not in South Africa.
Eswatini uses the Swazi language, as well as English. Swazi is a little different and has different dialects in the four major regions.
Because Reunion is a French Territory, you will find a French Flag almost everywhere. However, they have their own flag as well.
The Car in Reunion is very unique and has tape on the rear passenger bar. The only other country with tape is Ghana, and its really obvious that you’re not in Ghana.
These road markers are often found off of the roads. Sometimes you can find them on the median if its a large enough road.
You can also find your typical French Bollard, although it isn’t very common.
Reunion uses white dashed lines for the middle and shoulders.
Like Mainland France, Reunion uses D roads (except they’re actually helpful here). There are also N roads, but these are much more limited across the island.
Reunion also uses Blue and White arrows for corners. They stick out like sore thumbs.
Much like mainland France, you will find poles with this pattern across the islanbd.
These are license plates from before 2009. The numbers at the end mean the most with 97 indicating an overseas territory and the 4 indicating that the territory exists in the Indian Ocean.
This is the more recent (and less common it seems) license plate from 2009 – today. Its not as orange as this picture makes it out (and actually is more like the yellow above), but you can still notice the same numbers (97 and 4). It would make sense if there was a white version of this as well, but I could not find any images that prove that.
All phone numbers in Reunion consist of 10 digits, with a 4 digit area code and its meaning listed below.
0262 – Landline
0692 – Mobile
0693 – Mobile
Reunion feels like a tropical France. It has the palm trees and feelings of an Island, but with some Mountains and other clear indicators that it isn’t mainland France.
Reunion uses a typical French Alphabet.
The Canary islands are owned by Spain. Therefore, you will see a Spain flag nearly everywhere.
There is a flag specifically for the Canary Islands however.
The Canary Islands use a white car for their coverage. It can sometimes be seen. There are also times where there are short antennas visible.
These bollards can be found around the islands. They have an orange rectangle instead of Yellow like in Spain.
The Canary Islands use all white road markings. There are some cases where there may be a yellow line near curbs, but that seems to be more rare than the white lines.
You can sometimes find these orange KM markers on the sides of roads. The road itself is LP-2. They show up on the map as Green roads.
There are also these blue signs that tell you exits, and you can also see a blue KM marker in front of the sign. This tells us we are on the road TF-1, 36 KM in.
There are also some white signs for the exits themselves.
You can find these double lights near / in main cities. The smaller light is for the sidewalk.
You can also find the typical poles from Spain, including the wooden ones.
Much like Spain, The Canary Islands use the typical EU plates. The set up may be a bit different.
The Canary Islands use the country code of +34 and its international prefix is 00. There are only 4 area codes in the Canaries. 922 and 822 will call Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 928 and 828 will call Las Palmas.
You can clearly tell you’re on an island for most of the Canaries. You can often feel the difference, seeing palm trees and other tropical vegetation.
Spain uses Spanish. It may seem redundant to post that here, but you never know.
Madeira is an Island that is owned by Portugal. While they do have their own flag, you should also be on the lookout for the Portuguese flag.
When you can see the car, there is a small antenna coming off the back.
Not everywhere on the island will have coverage, with vast sections around the middle being empty. Try and stick to the coast when it comes to Madeira.
These bollards are weird. They seem to be either wood or concrete and only have a reflector on one side.
You can also find these protection walls along side the cliffs of Madeira. They remind me a bit of Bhutan.
Madeira, much like Portugal, uses white lines in the middle and on the sides. There doesn’t have to be a double white line, with some places having a single white line or a dashed line.
For some reason, almost every sign points towards Funchal (The Capital). I know the Island isn’t the biggest, but you can be nowhere near Funchal and find signs pointing towards it.
These KM Markers have the Road numbers up top. The VE1 is the road and the 8 marks the KM into that road.
You can also find signs like these on the major roads. The go over the road and point you towards destinations.
Much like mainland Portugal, you can find these telephone poles.
There are some variants however, and those should be noted.
You can also find these octagon metal light poles around, but they seem to be on the outskirts of main cities.
Much like regular Portugal, there is a yellow section on the license plates here.
There is one Area code in Madeira, that being 291. This number is ONLY for landlines. You can, however, find phone numbers that call Mainland Portugal or Mobile numbers in Madeira everywhere.
The West coast feels very green and lush.
The middle of the island is incredibly mountainous.
The East coast feels a bit more dry and not as lush as other parts of the island.
Madeira uses the Portuguese language.