Edited by Ross Dowling and David Newsome
Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by its geological feature the Namib Desert which borders the Atlantic Ocean. With a geological evolution dating back 2 billion years, there is evidence that all major geological processes have shaped the landscapes that attract thousands of visitors each year. These processes have given rise to a variety of geological landforms including aeolian landforms, glacial landforms, volcanic landforms, and fluvial landforms. Namibia has a wealth of geotourism attractions including the Etosha Pan, the Erongo Mountains and the Brandberg, Namib-Naukluft Park, the Kalahari, Fish River Canyon and the Orange River. This chapter argues that geotourism is an emerging form of tourism with much potential for the country’s sustainable regional development. One example is the Gondwana Collection, a lodge group operating throughout Namibia which combines its hospitality business with nature conservation and social commitment in a sustainable manner based largely around geotourism resources.
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