Dare to drive the dangerous Doros Crater Trail
Doros Crater is a very scenic spot located in the Kunene region of Namibia.
The extremely corrugated road to the crater is totally unpaved and very challenging. It’s called D2303 (also known as Doros Crater Trail). Located just south of Twyfelfontein, northwest of Brandberg, the trail starts at Rhino Camp near the Ugab River via the Divorce Pass. 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.
The area is very remote. 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.