Namibia's Desert Odyssey: The Unpaved Magic of C27 Road

C27 is a scenic drive across the Namib Desert, located in the boundary of Hardap and ǁKaras regions of Namibia.

C27 Road

Is C27 in Namibia paved?

Tucked away in the southwestern part of the country, within the Namib Rand Nature Reserve, the road is totally unpaved. The bumpy road is recommended to 4x4 vehicles. This is a very corrugated and sandy road, but easy to drive. The road is steep in parts and tops out at 1.717m (5,633ft) above the sea level. Tire pressure management is essential for safety, comfort and to avoid flat tires.

How long does it take to drive the C27 road in Namibia?

Nestled in the Namib Desert, allow 4 hours to complete the drive without stops. The drive offers stunning views of the sand dunes of the Namib Desert, better known as the Sossusvlei, where you’ll experience the vast emptiness of this country. Along the way you’re likely to see a fair amount of wildlife.

How long is C27 road in Namibia?

The road is 236 km (146 miles) long, running from Sesriem (in the Hardap Region close to the southern end of the Naukluft Mountains) to the C13 junction near Helmeringhausen (in the ǁKaras Region of the Berseba Constituency). It runs parallel to the C14.

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