Namibia, a large desert country on the south west coast of Africa is known for having some of the highest sand dunes in the world. This makes Namibia is a “Mecca” for sand-boarders.

Sandboarding Namibia
Namibia desert sand dunes

Sandboarding is board sport similar to snow boarding. It is a recreational activity and takes place on sand dunes rather than snow-covered mountains.

Sandboaring Namibia
Sandboarder does a jump

It involves riding across or down a dune while standing with both feet strapped to a board, though some sandboarders use a board without bindings. It is less popular than snowboarding, partly because it is very difficult to build a mechanised ski lift on a sand dune, and so participants generally must walk back up to the top. Alternatively, they may ride a dune buggy or all-terrain vehicle back to the top of the dune. On the other hand, dunes are normally available year-round as opposed to ski resorts, which are usually seasonal.

Sandboarding Namibia
Dune buggies

Most of the sand-skiing is performed in the Namib desert dunes around Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. With a special permit it is sometimes possible to sand-ski at the world’s highest dunes in Sossusvlei. In the area, they use two different sand-boarding styles, the ”Lie Down”, where the rider lies upon a special made board and slides headlong on the sand dunes and ”Stand Up Boarding”, where the techniques are quite similar with those of snowboarding. Any style you choose, the fun is guaranteed. The rides in the coastal desert of Namibia can offer the right adrenaline doze!

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