Sandboarding down the world’s largest sand dunes in Namibia
Dune 7 is the highest dune in Namibia. The dune has been measured at over 1,256 feet (383 meters) and is named Dune 7 because it is the seventh dune one encounters after crossing the river Tsauchab.
If it’s an adventure you are after then strap on a Namibian style snowboard and hit the sandy slopes. The only downside is there is no lift between runs making these sports quite the workout.
The Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, is reputed to house some of the largest sand dunes on this planet. Come conquer these constantly shifting and powerfully towering beauties by zooming down the sheer slip faces on a traditional Swakopmund sandboard or carve up the dune with style and skill on a snowboard adapted for sand. Lie down boarding: Catch your breath and gasp at the slope as you lie face down, dangling over the edge of the slip face, before being pushed off the edge and sent on your way down the curving rolling, sandy slopes.
Dune and sandboarding are predominantly offered at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay the two major centers in the tourist recreational area, the dunes are situated around and between the two towns facing the Atlantic Ocean. Numerous operators provide boarding activities or equipment hire. For those who have no previous experience, it is recommended to use a guided activity operator, as boarding like any other adventure activity has an element of danger.
Travel tips for Sandboarding in Namibia
- If it’s your first time, you’ll definitely want an instructor to make this adventure a lifetime experience and also for safety reasons.
- There are numerous operators and equipment rentals in both areas but ensure you pick the right operator and please contact us today for travel advice on the best operator for sandboarding.
- Sandboarding can be done year-round.
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