Ride The Namibian Desert On A Sand board!
Namibia might not have much snow, but for ski enthusiasts it has the next best thing: sand. And lots of it. Some of the dunes are over 300m, making them the highest in the world. For an unconventional, and increasingly popular, way to get down them, strap a sand board to your feet and point it downhill.
If you are a snowboarder you already have all the skills to try out sandboarding, but should you want to take the easier (but potentially speedier – up to 80km/hr!) option of lying down flat on a large board this is an option too. This kind of board, essentially a waxed piece or hardboard that curls up at the front is known as a Swakopmund sand board. Namibian sand is not abrasive, making for a smooth ride, and it’s certainly not cold like snow. You’ll need goggles to keep the stuff out of your eyes, and possibly some elbow protectors for those potentially hard landings.
If you want to try sand boarding you can either bring your own equipment or otherwise book an excursion from one of the seaside towns, with Swakopmund probably being your best bet.