There is nothing like the rush of adrenaline you get when you do something that scares you, or something that brings out the thrill-seeking adventurer in you. Whether you want to challenge a phobia, or simply want to feel more alive, there are a number of thrilling destinations that offer you the adventure of a lifetime- adventures the inner Daredevil in you will be incredibly proud of. What are these adventures? Let’s take a look- but before that, make sure your safety belt is on!
The Namib Desert is a mountain made entirely of sand. These sand dunes can be incredibly tall, and wide. There’s nothing like exploring Namibia’s portion of the Namib desert on a quad bike. But you need to have a backup game in mind. Just in case!
The sand dunes go up in dust daily just next to the stretch between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund and the quad bikes roar to announce an adventure fit for daredevils has begun.
For Joao Coimbra who owns and runs Daredevil Adventures, it has been a second chance at life after he broke his femur (thigh bone) while riding a horse in 2008.
As a former rugby player, the outdoors has almost been the life for Joao, whether he was speeding down to tackle an opponent, riding a horse or bike, he has somehow almost been a daredevil.
“At that point, I was at my lowest in terms of confidence. I was unable to walk for a whole year. Actually, I could have walked earlier but I messed it up by trying to walk without a crutch too soon. The worst feeling I’ve had was when the doctor sat me down and told me I would never play sports again,” he says.
After walking again, an adventure isn’t just something he wanted to be able to go on again, it is something he wanted to offer to other people. Thus, since 2009 when he officially took ownership of the place and renovated it, about 45-60 people on a daily basis get to ride in the Namib desert on quad bikes, something that Joao has found that even many locals have only ever read of in a book, but hardly had the experience of.
It may not be the thrill of running down a field with an oval shaped ball in clutch, but the experience of running the quad activity arena has been his own adventure for the last eight years.
“Pretty much every different nationality that has visited Namibia as a tourist has passed through Daredevil adventures at least once,” he says.
On this particular day, a group of about 20 young French students’ and their chaperones eyes are lighting up as their led by guides to the bikes.
For many of them it is their first time. “We have had people from Japan, Russia, Ukraine, China, all nationalities really. Locally, Gazza, who is a good friend of mine has visited us frequently.”
South African celebrities, Kurt Darren, Robbie Vessels and Nicholas Lon have also made a stop at Daredevil Adventures, and while he may not have been able to share pitch with him, Joao welcomed South African rugby player, Percy Montgomery to the quad paradise.
Running the place with his mother Sandra and father, has created an interesting dynamic. “Your parents will always be your parents, whether you’re the owner or not, but we work well together. I learn a lot from them every day and they learn from me as well.”
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