Sandboarding is a great outdoor adventure sport for the whole family, much like snowboarding except on the beach! It’s one of the many great adventurous things to do in Cape Town.
The general idea of sandboarding and snowboarding is the same: you strap a board to your feet and slide down a hill. Some sandboarders compare sandboarding with surfing, because of the lack of heavy clothing. Also, you have to hike up the mountain when you want to get on top for a run. In contrast to snow-covered hills, sand dunes are constantly changing because of the wind. This makes it impossible to build lift equipment or fixed installations. You can take a four-wheel drive vehicle to get up, but then a friend has to bring it back down again.
The sandboards themselves are like modified snowboards. They have to be modified to board smoothly, because boarding on sand creates higher friction as it is more abrasive than snow.
Where to go?
Only 45 minutes away from Cape Town, you can go sandboarding at the Atlantis Dunes. This is on the west coast of South Africa. The Hout Bay and Betty’s Bay sand dunes are also places to surf the sand. You will have to bring sunglasses, long socks, closed shoes, and a hat with you. Keep in mind that sandboarding does not take place in wet conditions or high winds and is a weather dependent activity.
Things to do in Cape Town
Besides sandboarding in Cape Town, there are so many things to do if you’re looking for fun. If you are looking for some adventure, you can also go shark cage diving, kitesurfing, abseiling, and more.