Here are our Top 10 extreme activities to enjoy in Namibia
For those of you who thought Namibia was about enjoying the vast landscapes and the incredible nature….You are completely right! BUT, there are more action filled ways to take in the scenery if you are not one for long drives and relaxing walks.
Here is a compilation of the 10 most fun packed, action filled extreme activitites in which to feel closer to Namibia’s nature and making memorable stories to tell your friends about!
We will start with the activities that are mostly done at the coast of Swakopmund, which include activities in the Atlantic Ocean as well as in the Namib Desert Dunes.
Namibia boasts with some of the most epic waves any coast has to offer, this has not only animated the local youth to engage in the delicate sport of surfing, but also attracts many tourists to the Skeleton Coast each year.
Kite surfing is one of the more unique forms of surfing found at the Namibian coast and due to the unpredictable nature of the winds, an absolute adventure and delight.
While driving from Swakopmund to the small harbour town Walvisbay, you will find not only the scenery of the Atlantic ocean meeting the Namib Desert dunes alluring, but also the fellas on the dunes to your left, vigorouosly climbing the dunes with their parachutes, with the intention of catching a great sweep of wind that will carry them over the dunes for a breathtaking view of the dunes and the sea. This sport is called paragliding and is not only good for your fitness ( climbing up those dunes) but also the closest experience you can get to being a bird and feeling absolutely free.
Instead of the traditional walk on the beach at sunset, try imagining yourself whizzing through the air into the sunset, at aprox. 45km/h, the only thing on your mind the stunning backdrop of cascading orange and red lights framing the sun as it sinks into the sea. Microlights are the most elegant way of combining an action trip with the ability to soak up the picture perfect landscapes from the top.
If you prefer even higher grounds, a tandem jump from a plane at 3000ft might be the adrenaline rush you are looking for. There is no more invigorating feeling than the feel of the wind in your hair…. And the clattering of your teeth.
For those of you who prefer to stay on ground level, a quad biking tour through the dunes might just be the right type of action to combine speed and endurance. This is often combined with a dune boarding session which is exactly as the name states, boarding down the dunes at a high velocity and a pretty much good chance of tumbling and receiving a mouthful of sand. But please be warned, both these activities come with the risk of finding dune sand on every inch of your body later.
If you think by car is the only way to indulge in the immaculate setting of the Sossusvlei dunes, you are thoroughly mistaken. A scenic flight in a Cessna light aircraft should not only give you’re the best possible view of the immenseness that is Sossusvlei, but also catch up on you daily fill of adventure and action.
For those of you afraid of heights…look away now…
This activity is called zip lining and is not for the faint hearted. Zip through the air at an approx. height of 50m to fill your lungs with fresh air and your body with a rapid and energizing rush.
Another way of being adventurous and extreme in Namibia is mule trekking through the Fish River Canyon. Your inner Indiana Jones will be enticed and thrilled with the extraordinary scenery and the challenges that come with trekking through the Canyon.
The Orange River at the southern border of Namibia offers a platform for an exciting activity like no other. River rafting is a great opportunity to not only get soaking wet, but have an amazing time while doing so.
The Delight Hotel will be opening it's doors to their delightful and adventurous guests from the 1st of November 2015. Be sure to check out the Delight Hotel Swakopmund!
AUTHOR : Katrin Doelp