The highest sand dune in the Namib Desert in Namibia is the incredible Dune 7. With its 388 meters, this sand dune rewards you with some stunning views from the top. This sand dune in Walvis Bay has gotten its name from its location from the Tsauchab River. It is the seventh dune past the river, thereby giving it the name Dune 7. With views of sand dunes as far as the eye can see, climbing this dune is an amazing thing to do when in Walvis Bay.
Everything you need to know for climbing Dune 7
As with every other attraction in Namibia, there are some things you might find useful before your visit. And a visit to Dune 7 is no exception to this. Therefore, we have gathered everything you need to know for climbing Dune 7 in Namibia.
Getting to Dune 7
As mentioned, Dune 7 is located just on the outskirts of the coastal town Walvis Bay. The dune is found about 13 kilometers from the center of the town. Dune 7 can therefore be reached by a short drive from Walvis Bay.
Opening Hours & Entrance fee
As if the spectacular views weren’t enough this huge sand dune is also free of charge and open every day of the week. Climbing Dune 7 is therefore a perfect thing to do in Namibia if you are traveling on a budget.
Time spent climbing Dune 7
Climbing to the top of Dune 7 in Namibia should take you about 45 minutes. However, we would recommend you set aside about 1,5 hours for your visit to Dune 7. This will allow you to take it slow and make it possible to explore the dune and the different viewpoints. As well as taking some time to enjoy the view.
Is it difficult to climb Dune 7 in Walvis Bay?
Climbing Dune 7 in Walvis Bay isn’t too difficult. However, it is harder than it might look. When you think you are near the top, there is always a little more climb to do. But it will be well worth it at the top.
When climbing Dune 7 it is all about getting to the ridge of the sand dune as fast as possible. We would recommend you start climbing on the left side of Dune 7. This is where the dune is lowest and you will get to the top faster, rather than trying where it is most steep. When you get to the top the rest of the walk out to the far-right end (the highest point) is a piece of cake.
Another tip we found very useful during our climb of sand dunes in Namibia is to step into other people’s footprints. This makes it much easier to walk as the sand isn’t covering your feet with every step you take. And lastly, you should pace yourself. Take your time and as many breaks as you need.
Best time to climb Dune 7 in Namibia
The best time to climb Dune 7 in Namibia is in the morning hours. This is when the sand is colder, and the sunlight tends not to be too harsh. However, it is possible to climb Dune 7 all day as it isn’t as challenging as Big Daddy in Sossusvlei.