It takes about 30 minutes to reach the Atlantis sand dunes, driving north west out of Cape Town’s city center. The ever-shifting, up to 35 meters high, sand dunes are an important conservation area, protecting the Atlantis Aquifer which supplies water for the Atlantis area.
Sandboarding has become quite a popular adventure sport in Cape Town and given Atlantis’ vast field of dunes and proximity to the city, quite a few Cape Town based adventure operators now operate out on these dunes (with strict regulations to ensure that all who use the dunes keep conservation well in mind of course!).
The soft sands found in the Western Cape allow sandboarders to reach considerable speed and to perform a variety of tricks, making this an adrenaline sport suitable for both beginners and thrill-seeking enthusiasts alike.
(The dunes are also home to other adventure sports like quadbiking and 4×4 handling).
Home to interesting plant species and birds like the Black Harrier, these Cape Town dunes are certainly a great example of how adventure tourism and conservation can coincide.