Dare to drive the dangerous 4x4 trail to Doros Crater

Doros Crater is a very scenic spot located in the Kunene region of Namibia. It is a meteorite impact crater situated in the northern part of the country.

Doros Crater Trail

Why is Doros Crater famous?

The crater, estimated to be around 19 million years old, is one of the largest impact craters in Namibia, measuring approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) in diameter. While not as well-known as some of Namibia's other geological attractions, it offers unique opportunities for scientific research and exploration. Visitors to the area can explore the rugged terrain surrounding the crater and learn about its formation and geological significance.

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).

How long is the road to Doros Crater?

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?

Situated on the north-western part of Damaraland, the drive is very challenging. A 4x4 vehicle is required, as 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 in the northwestern part of the country, the area is very remote with no facilities or fuel available. The road runs down a tributary of the Ugab River. It is not advisable to undertake this trip during the rainy season between November and April, as heavy downpours inland can cause the river to flood unexpectedly, trapping unsuspecting travelers. The best time to undertake such a trip is during May, at the end of the rainy season. The drive offers stunning views and untouched plains.
Pic: Harald Padeborn