When in the Swiss Alps, go skiing, when in the Himalayas climb a mountain, when in the Maldives go Scuba Diving.
… when in the Negev Desert, go Sandboarding!
I have always preferred the sun over the snow and as a result Israel has always been one of favorite destinations. When I was presented with an opportunity to Sandboard for the first time in my life I jumped at the opportunity. Wouldn’t you?!
Think of snowboarding on sand but in a bikini or tank top and without all the heavy equipment. It doesn’t take much training and all ages from 2-100 can enjoy sliding down the Sand Dunes in various ways – on your back, on your butt, upside down, standing, face forward, any way you desire really.
It is not a sport you have to look good at – but rather boarding is meant to be fun, regardless of how you get down the dunes.
To arrange a trip, call or email Dror Bamidbar, the owner of a small business in Ramat Hanegev that rents sandboards, ATV’s and provides other equipment for various fun desert activities. Ramat moved his family to the desert many years ago for a simpler life and has not regretted his decision.
When guests arrive, he offers tea/refreshments, and so stereotypically, a good attitude and wit as all Israeli hosts have in common.
After Sandboarding, stick around and watch the sunset – you won’t be disappointed. This is a great place to relax and end your day.
– Israel Ministry of Tourism
Thanks for sharing this Jackie. Not sure how steep that dune is from your photos but I would be up for something steeper and longer and I guess theoretically a faster ride 🙂 Course I’ve never been sand boarding yet so I’m not sure how fast you actually go…
Michael Zullo says
Very good article, Jacki. We enjoyed it a lot. We did something like it many years ago when we used to take trips to Cape Hatteras. The sand dunes we loved for sandboarding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Outter Banks were fantastic.
M and G