Growing up in Namibia, the one thing I loved to do as a child was sandboard. The 10 to 30 minute climb up the dunes (the dunes in Namibia are considerably higher than the little ones here) and then the 10 seconds it takes you to make your way down, clutching onto your homemade hardboard sled for dear life as you try not to consume all the sand spraying around you.

Here in Cape Town it is a little easier and classier though! There are companies that arrange the permits you need (the Atlantis dunes are inside a nature reserve) and they even provide the boards, real ones, no homemade hardboard here…

You are more than welcome to still go out on your own but I would suggest your first time being with a company. We used Good Hope adventures. It was great and he handled the 30 children with ease, entertaining them and even speaking to them in German after realizing that most of them weren’t used to English as a first language.

Matt also added in soccer and tug of war to entertain the kids while the adults snuck off with the boards to attempt their luck at boarding sans the laughter and taunts of the kids…

Sandboarding is not for the faint hearted though, it might not sound like a lot of work but after one or two trips up those dunes and you start wishing you had the energy of a ten year old to help you up the rest of the way! When you fall you fall hard, especially if you plan on going out to the dunes in winter as they are rain soaked and much harder than in summer, you also need to be prepared to eat sand. Lots of it.

The great thing is that it’s fun for both adults and children, it’s relatively easy and doesn’t take much (other than balance and courage) to nail it. Even my two year old tried…

Do note that there are no toilettes and that you should take your own water and snacks with as there is no shop nearby. And please, above all… wear sunscreen, lots of it! The dunes are white and reflect those UV rays even on an overcast day…

Cupcake Mummy (@cupcakemummy)

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