A memorable road trip to Gamsberg Pass

Gamsberg Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.867m (6,125ft) above sea level, located in the Khomas region of Namibia. It’s one of the highest roads in the country.

Gamsberg Pass

Where is Gamsberg Pass?

The pass is located within the Gamsberg Nature Reserve, in the central part of the country. Because of the beautiful scenery, Gamsberg is sometimes called the Garden Route of Namibia.

Is Gamsberg Pass unpaved?

Set high in the Namib Desert Plains, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called C26. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended.

How long is Gamsberg Pass?

The pass is 38.2 km (23.73 miles) long, running west-east from Kos to Weissenfels.

Is Gamsberg Pass worth it?

It’s considered one of the most beautiful passes in the country. Its elevation and the fact that you overlook the Kuiseb River in the valley below make it one of the most scenic 4x4 routes you can travel on in Namibia. It's worth stopping at the top of the pass to enjoy the views of the surrounding hills and to contemplate the snaking descent towards the desert floor. From the top of the pass, there are spectacular views of the Kuiseb River in the valley below.
Pic: Jo-Ann de Smit