Last Updated on August 16, 2022

Sandboarding is still an emerging sport in Africa, so there’s plenty of room for personal discovery.

The vast, arid plains of the Sahara and the deserts of Namibia and South Africa offer some of the best sandboarding in the world. These huge deserts are made up of dunes that are constantly shaped by strong winds and the whims of the desert.

When it comes to sandboarding, Southern Africa is relatively well organized to accomodate thrill-seekers: you’ll be able to rent sandboards and hire trained guides to take you out to the dunes.

This is especially true for Namibia and South Africa where the sport is widely practiced. Sandboarding has also been reported in countries like Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, and Libya.

In some countries, you might be able to rent an old pair of skis for sand-skiing, but there are no local adventure guides. If you are heading to the dunes by yourself, make sure to ask the locals for directions and always make sure to be covered by a legit sandsports insurance.

Sandboarding in Algeria

Erg el Arma – Aïn Beïda, Ouargla

Erg d’Admer – Djanet

Isaouane-n-Tifernine (Tifernine Dune Field) – Illizi

Taghit Dunes – Taghit Oasis

Sandboarding in Botswana

Khawa Sand Dunes – Khawa

Sandboarding in Cape Verde

Deserto de Viana – Boa Vista

Sandboarding in Egypt

Nubian Desert – Aswan

Great Sand Sea – Siwa

Hurghada Desert – Hurghada

Sinai Desert – Sharm El-Sheikh / Dahab

Wadi El-Rayan – Fayoum

Western Desert – Bahariya Oasis

Sandboarding in Kenya

Turkana Sand Dunes – Lake Turkana

Sandboarding in Lesotho

Leribe Sand Dunes – Butha-Buthe

Sandboarding in Libya

Gabr Oun Oasis – Sebha

Ghademis Sand Dunes – Ghademis

Sandboarding in Mauritania

Chinguetti Sand Dunes – Chinguetti

Nouckchott Sand Dunes – Nouckchott

Sandboarding in Morocco

Taboga Sand Dunes – Agadir

Erg Chebbi Dunes – Merzouga

Erg Chigaga Dunes – Ouarzazate

Sandboarding in Namibia

Swakopmund Dunes

Walvis Bay Dunes

Sandboarding in South Africa

Western Cape

Atlantis Dunes – Cape Town

Hout Bay Dunes – Cape Town

Betty’s Bay Dunes – Cape Town

Dragon Dune – Mossel Bay

Knysna Dunes – Knysna

Eastern Cape

Jeffrey’s Bay Dunes – Jeffrey’s Bay

Alexandria Dune Field – Gqeberha / Port Elizabeth

Nahoon Beach – East London

Northern Cape

Witsand Dunes – Kalahari Desert


Mt. Mayhem – Boksburg

Sandboarding in Sudan

Marawi Sand Dunes – Marawi, Ash Shamaliyah

Sandboarding in Tunisia

Douz Sand Dunes – Douz

Tozeur Sand Dunes – Tozeur

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