It’s not for nothing that Swakopmund is known as the “Adrenaline capital of Namibia”. There’s plenty to do that’ll make your hair stand on end.
Taste the dunes. If you want to get the Namib up close, sandboard down some of the world’s biggest dunes. You don’t need any experience and can reach a speed of up to 75 km/h. Hang on!
An incredible view. Look, at R3 000 per person a hot air balloon ride is not cheap, but it’s something you’ll always remember. (Can you keep the balloon afterwards? – Ed.) See the sun rise over the world’s oldest desert and be amazed by the sea of dunes and beautiful mountains.
“Fly” on a foefie slide. Slide down the world’s longest (1 100 m) and highest (200 m) foefie slide from the Rössing Mountain at 80 km/h down to the surrounding plains. You can imagine you’re flying. (But the price, R600 per person, will bring you back to earth. – Ed.)
Fly like a bird. After only 15 minutes’ “training” with Ground Rush Adventures you’re ready for a tandem freefall skydive with an instructor from 10 000 feet. Once your nerves have calmed down, you can enjoy the view of the sea and desert while you safely float back to earth in your parachute.
Contact: Sandboarding (Alter-Action *00264 081 128 27 37)
Hot air balloon (Namib Sky Adventures *firstname.lastname@example.org)
Foefie slide (African Adventure Balloons *email@example.com)
Skydive (Ground Rush Adventures *skydiveswakop.com.na/)
(Note: Prices accurate in June 2010)
On the way to Walvis Bay
Paddle among seals and dolphins