Sandboarding and desert dune adventures in Continental and South Africa.

Welcome to the Sahara: the Harshest Desert in the World

The Sahara is a vast and unforgiving desert, notorious for its extreme temperatures, lack of water, and frequent sandstorms. But in addition to the harsh environmental conditions, the region is also plagued by criminal activities, including human trafficking, drug smuggling, and terrorism. Criminal organizations take advantage of the vast and remote landscape to operate with impunity, making the Sahara a dangerous place for travelers and locals alike.


Sandboarding in Senegal

It is possible to practice sandboarding in the Lompoul Desert, located in the region of Foundiougne in Senegal, on many of its several large dunes that are free of vegetation and well-suited for the activity. The Lompoul is a rather small desert iknown for its stunning natural beauty and offers…


What is a Coastal Desert?

Coastal deserts are deserts located in coastal areas, generally at the western edges of continents near the tropics. Coastal deserts are characterized by low levels of precipitation, high evaporation rates, and sparse vegetation. Winds off the coast blows in an easterly pattern and prevents the moisture from moving onto the…

Dune skiing in Algeria
Sand skiing in Algeria. Photo courtesy of Olivier Lepetit.

Sandboarding in Algeria

Algeria is the largest country in Africa, and much of its territory is covered by the Sahara desert. There are countless massive sand dunes where sand surfing can be practiced, albeit in somewhat remote locations of Algeria. Sand skiing near Djanet, Algeria. Photo courtesy of Olivier Lepetit. Algeria Sand Dunes…


The Sahara Desert is Advancing in Mauritania

Mauritania is a country in northwest Africa, and much of its territory is covered by the Sahara Desert, which has been expanding over the past couple of decades due to several factors, including prolonged drought and overgrazing by livestock. Approximately three-fourths of Mauritania is a desert or semidesert, with nothing…


Sandboarding in Johannesburg

The landlocked region of Gauteng in South Africa does not have any coastal dunes, but it is still possible to practice sand surfing at Mount Mayhem mine dumps, located in Boksburg about half a hour drive from Johannesburg and just outside of Benoni. Mount Mayhem Sandboarding. Sandboarding at Mt. Mayhem…


The Sahara Desert Guide & Interesting Facts

The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world and the second hottest desert, after the Lut desert in Iran. The Sahara occupies approximately 10 percent of the African Continent and spans several countries including Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia. Hence, the history…


Sandboarding in the Sahara Desert

The Sahara is the largest hot desert on Earth and it crosses almost a dozen countries in Northern Africa. Sandboarding on the dunes of the Sahara is a truly magical experience that should be on every thrill seeker's bucket list, and there are many different locations where you can do…


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