Handbook of Geotourism
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Handbook of Geotourism

Edited by Ross Dowling and David Newsome

Ross Dowling and David Newsome present an original, substantial and much-needed contribution to the field which will further our understanding of geotourism in theory and practice. This Handbook defines, characterises and explores the subject through a range of international perspectives and case studies, identifying geotourism as a rapidly emerging form of urban and regional sustainable development.
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Chapter 33: Namibia: geotourism in the arid zone

Ross Dowling and Nicole Grünert

Abstract

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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