Trek the Sand Dunes in Namibia

Study Animal Sciences & Travel Abroad to the Namib Desert

When you travel abroad, it’s great to do something to give back to the community you visit. On your trip to Namibia, you can help build a home for an impoverished family or teach a classroom of children some English phrases.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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You’ll arrive in Namibia near the harsh Namib Desert. You’ll make your way from the airport to Walvis Bay, where you’ll start your journey tomorrow.

You’ll start your trip strong by climbing Dune 7, the tallest dune in the whole country. It’s over 1,200 feet tall and quite a challenge. You’ll start very early in the morning before the sun gets too hot. It’ll take you about two hours to get to the top and only a few seconds to slide down.

Now, you’ll get a chance to sandboard on the dunes! It’s like surfing, but, obviously, you’re using the sand. You’ll have an instructor show you how it’s done, and then it’ll be your turn. You have the choice to stand up or ride on your stomach, so don’t be too worried!

This morning, you’ll take a short drive and arrive in Namib-Naukluft National Park, the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. The park is where you’ll volunteer! You’ll work with park rangers by putting up cameras or doing game counts to help keep tabs on the animals and keep them safe.

You’ll start the day by climbing another dune! This one’s called Dune 45, and it’s one of the most commonly climbed in the area. The sand is fine, so you’ll sink into it, so keep your balance! You’ll go to the dune in the early morning, so you beat the large crowds.

Next, you’ll visit Deadvlei, a clay pan that’s an iconic landmark of the area. You could probably see it from afar up on the dune. Deadvlei has petrified trees that make it look very different from the desert around it. 

Afterward, you’ll be served some authentic potjiekos for dinner. It’s a meat and vegetable stew that’s prepared over an open fire for 3 to 4 hours. Enjoy!

Since you’re in the largest game park in Africa, it’s time to see some animals! There are many creatures here, including 340 species of birds and endless reptiles. Some of the most exciting animals you might see include oryx, kudu, giraffe, springbok, black-backed jackals, African wild cats, aardvarks, and leopards. Your tour guide will tell you about these animals and what you can do to help them thrive in spite of climate change and poaching.

It’s your last day in Namibia, but you won’t be disappointed by today’s plans. Your first destination is Sossusvlei. It’s an impressive pan set among the enormous red sand dunes. During a particularly rainy season, water fills the pan, giving it an amazing contrast with its arid setting.

Lastly, it’s time to climb Big Daddy Dune. It’s 1,066 feet tall, much taller than the more popular Dune 45 you climbed earlier. Just because other tourists are scared doesn’t mean you should be! It’ll take you about 2 hours of endurance to get to the top. Savor the view before you run down, feeling the wind in your hair.

Your time in Namibia might be at an end, but there are still things you can do! Do something to help the animals in Africa when you get home, and don’t forget how brave you were to climb up those sand dunes!

The 1,200-mile wide Namib Desert is home to a variety of wildlife in addition to its towering sand dunes, some of them reaching heights of up to 1,200 feet! I As you travel abroad in this stunning and unique region, you’ll climb several dunes, learn how to sand-surf, go on a wildlife safari, and witness spectacular vistas that most people don’t even know exist. Book your tour in the awe-inspiring Namib Desert today!


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