Doros Crater Trail

Doros Crater Trail

Brandberg West Mine is an abandoned tin mine, operated between 1946 and 1980, located in the Erongo Region, in Namibia. The trail to reach the mine is called D2303 (also known as Doros Crater Trail) and has a total length of 74,3km.

The Brandberg-west mine, an old worked-out tin mine is situated in these mountains. The summit, named Königstein, at 2,573 m above sea level is the highest elevation in Namibia. The Brandberg is a National Monument, and the main access is via the road from Uis leading to the “White Lady” rock painting in the Tsisab Gorge. The road runs down a tributary of the Ugab River along the Brandberg-West mountians west of the Brandberg Mountain massive.
It is fairly common to encounter desert elephant in the Ugab River as they move along the riverbeds where they find their food and water. Don't do this trip during the rainy season between November and April. Heavy downpours inland can cause the river to come down unexpectedly, trapping the unsuspecting traveller. The best time to undertake such a trip is during May, at the end of the rainy season. This route passes through one of the more remote areas of north-western Damaraland. It is an extremely difficult route and should only be undertaken by experienced 4×4 drivers, preferably in the company of other experienced drivers. It is always advisable to travel in a group with at least two vehicles in case of a breakdown.