Located where desert meets ocean, it’s no surprise Swakopmund offers thrill-seekers so much adventure. An exhilarating way to conquer the towering dunes is by sandboarding; as the sand isn’t abrasive or cold, you can board in shorts and T-shirts. Test your skills on a conventional snowboard to try out those free-style jumps and big spray curves, or defy skill and hurtle facedown at 8 okm/ hour on a waxed piece of ply. Alternatively explore the steep ascents and descents of the dune-field and the gravel plains of the dry Swakop riverbed by quad-bike.
With fresh south-westerly winds and a nice, soft place to land, tandem paragliding is a great way to admire the coast. Flights take off from the top of 5om-high dunes and land on the beaches south of Swakopmund. Even more exhilarating is a tandem skydive.
Water-based activities include kayaking to Pelican Point on the tip of Walvis Bay Lagoon; it’s not uncommon for curious dolphins to nudge your paddles or for Cape fur seals to playfully jump over the bow. A kayak trip can be combined with a visit to Sandwich Harbour, named after the first ship that landed here in 1790, and today only accessible by 4WD beach and dune driving. You’ll see flamingos, saltpans and roaring dunes – so-called for the noise of the wind as it swirls through the sand.
The cool Benguela Current creates a perfect breeding ground for big game fish, and there’s the choice of deep-sea fishing or angling off the remote beaches north of Swakopmund towards the Skeleton Coast . These trips are ideal if you’ve never tried fishing before; you can even cook your catch on a beach braai (barbecue).