It’s a huge adrenaline rush. Giant dunes loom in front of you, and your quad suddenly feels tiny. You’re not allowed to take quads into the national park for simple reasons: there are dunes in the Namib desert that have been unchanged for hundreds of years, so riding a quad over them would leave obvious traces.

But a large part of the Namib desert is made up of ‘living’ dunes, where the tracks you leave behind are cleared away nearly immediately by the wind. Research has shown that there is no impact on the living dunes. Your guide will show you how to ride your quad up a dune. And, more terrifyingly, how to ride down one…

Most excursions leave near the town of Swakopsmund on the coast. The dunes are just behind there.

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