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GeoJournal

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 301-310

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Problems associated with tourism development in Southern Africa: The case of Transfrontier Conservation Areas

  • Sanette FerreiraAffiliated withDepartment of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Stellenbosch

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Abstract

Tourism in Southern Africa is synonymous with the wildlife safari. In the post-colonial era the establishment of so-called ‘peaceparks’ that straddle the borders of states has come to be seen as a key not only to increasing tourism in the Southern African region, but also to the modernizing of conservation policies and the development of rural economies. This paper focuses on the global and continental presence of transfrontier conservation areas, the link between conservation and tourism development, and the current factors that constrain and influence the realization of an ‘African Dream’ — ‘establishment of the greatest animal kingdom’. The unstable political situation in Zimbabwe and how this negatively affects wildlife conservation and tourism in the Gonarezhou part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, serves as a case study.

communities conservation policies land invasion peaceparks rural economies unstable political situation