The dunes of Namibia have inspired poetry, music art and great contemplation; they also provide an adrenalin speed experience for those who seek it.  Sandboarding is Namibia’s answer to snowboarding in the northern hemisphere, and considering its popularity, it may be even more fun. 

Experienced sand boarders, adrenalin junkies and fun seekers come from all over the world to strap their feet onto a board and whizz down the side of the terrific dunes of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert.

Namibia has sandboarding options for both the experienced and for first timers.  The prime areas for sandboarding are between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund and there are countless tour operators who take the adventurers out to the dunes to experience the desert’s specific brand of extreme sport.

Depending on you, sandboarding can either be done standing up or lying down. For lying down boarding you require a specific board and of course no skill beyond the ability to hold on.  Lying down you can reach speeds of up to 80km an hour and will be cruising down those dunes headfirst. 

For standing up a snow board is used, and this technique allows for a great deal more room for tricks and variation.  More experienced sand boarders tend to prefer standing up because it is more fun once you have got the hang of it.

Namibia has so much to offer, it can be all too easy to get lost in the great cuisine, the luxury accommodation and Namibia’s spectacular safaris; but the Namib desert is an incredible sight and the speed, the exhilaration and the pure joy of speeding down her dunes is one not to be missed if you are that way inclined. 

For the creative souls who would rather just meander round the dunes on foot, best to avoid the slopes popular with sand boarders.

 

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