Swakopmund, Namibia

Sandboard the Namib Desert

Originally added by Gemina Garland-Lewis

Glide down the dunes in an incredible coastal desert.  

No snow? No problem! Sandboarding is the way to go in the desert (and it's available year-round), and some of the best in the world is found in the Namib Desert. There are some great dunes for sandboarding just outside Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, with are a number of guides who offer gear and trips out to the dunes (Alter Action Sandboarding is the longest-running operation in the area). Start your day off early in the morning to avoid the heat - it's not just the surrounding temps and sun that get hot but the dunes themselves as well. 

At the dunes, pick a route and climb to the top of the dune with your board and some wax to apply before you push off. And water, lots of water. There is a jump built into the dune for some extra adrenaline, should you choose it. If you're going with a guide, there are usually two options to choose from: stand up boarding and lie down boarding. Stand up boarding is done like snowboarding, generally with bindings but sometimes without. Lie down boarding involves lying belly-down on a waxed piece of plywood and curling the front of the board up with your hands as you descend. Keep in mind that speeds of 50mph are not all that uncommon with this adventure, so it's a good one for adrenaline junkies. 

Unlike snow sports, there's no lift to help you out here so you'll have to climb back up the dune each time (bonus workout of this adventure). Take as many runs as you like or until the sand is too hot or you've exhausted the energy to hike back up the dune! 

Back in town, stop by the Swakopmund Brauhaus for a cold beer and the Fish Deli for some of the freshest and most delicious seafood around.

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