Dare to drive the dangerous 4x4 trail to Doros Crater
Doros Crater is a very scenic spot located in the Kunene region of Namibia, in southern Africa.
Is Doros Crater Trail unpaved?
The extremely corrugated road to the crater is totally unpaved. It’s called D2303 (also known as Doros Crater Trail). Located just south of Twyfelfontein, northwest of Brandberg, the trail is 75km (46 miles) long running from Rhino Camp (near the Ugab River via Divorce Pass) to Twyfelfontein - just before Doros Crater.
Is Doros Crater Trail difficult?
Located on the north-western part of Damaraland, the drive is very challenging. A 4x4 vehicle is required. 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. This route can only be negotiated with the help of GPS coordinates, available at the Tourist Bureau, or in the presence of a knowledgeable tour guide.
When is the best time to drive Doros Crater Trail?
Tucked away on the northwestern part of the country, the area is very remote and there are no facilities or fuel. The Brandberg-west mine, an old worked-out tin mine, is situated in the area. The road runs down a tributary of the Ugab River. Don't do this trip in 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. The drive offers stunning views and awesome untouched plains.