The official launch of Helge Dunker’s new 436-page book on 22 of Namibia’s park this week has been cancelled, but the book’s release is still ongoing. This is the first comprehensive title in thirty years that covers local state protected areas and two large private game reserves.
The new guidebook Namibia Nature Parks can be ordered at The Narrative Namibia for N$490 or can be purchased at all Gondwana Inns and Hotels starting next week, June 14. The book will also be distributed to leading bookstores in major cities.
For each of the featured parks, Namibia Nature Park is an in-depth guide detailing the landscape, geomorphology, fauna and flora, history, current conservation priorities, research initiatives and findings, as well as what is happening beyond park boundaries.
Other features include fact sheets, detailed park maps showing all visitor routes as well as fascinating and informative nature notes, travel tips, and other important information.
Namibia Natural Parks is a nature conservation initiative. Proceeds from the book will support community preservation in Namibia. The funds will be managed by the Gondwana Care Trust.
The Book Compilation is a private sector initiative, supported by Gondwana Collection Namibia and author Helge Dinker, with funding from Capricorn Financial Services Group to print the first edition of 2,000 copies.
The project is also an extension of the information materials of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism of State Protected Areas in Namibia.
From 2016 to 2017, Dunker compiled a series of indicative maps for the ministry, depicting most of Namibia’s state parks. The new book is an extension of this work, providing more comprehensive information and highlighting all areas protected by the state, thus filling an important information gap.
Namibia by birth, Dunker has spent his life working either directly or on projects related to wildlife and wild places. His work as a natural artist, guide, photographer, writer, and development consultant has taken him on extensive field assignments across the country. He has published over 100 popular articles and written extensively on environmental issues, community conservation and wildlife crime.