Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Robertson, Thomas B.

Center

NAMIBIA / Namibia Project Center

Abstract

In Namibia’s Namib-Naukluft Park lies a remote granite inselberg, Mirabib, which provides shelter for seven isolated campsites. Mirabib’s remoteness makes managing the campsites difficult, while the combination of visitor activity and basic amenities leads to environmental damage. The goal of this project was to promote environmentally sustainable tourism at the Mirabib Campsites. From on-site observations, interviews with stakeholders, and studies of campsite best practices, we found that marketable campsites with well managed infrastructure improve visitor experience while decreasing environmental damage. Therefore, we recommended infrastructure designs, management plans, and marketing strategies to increase environmentally sustainable tourism at the Mirabib Campsites.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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