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Spreetshoogte Pass

Spreetshoogte Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.780m (5,839ft) above the sea level, located in central Namibia. With up to 22% slope of the pass is one of the steepest in southern Africa. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

The pass lies south of the Gamsberg on the district road D1275 from Rehoboth to Solitaire. It connects the Namib Desert with the Khomas Highland. The road is extremely steep. As such, it is a little trickier to drive. It’s passable only for vehicles without trailers.Trucks and caravans are forbidden to use it. The sharp bends and steep gradients are not bad news for intrepid explorers. These two aspects of the pass combine to provide travelers with unrivalled views of the dramatic landscape below the pass. The pass winds its way over the Great Escarpment with gradients between 1:4.5 and 1:6.
The surface of the road is gravel but the worst parts are made with cobble stones. The climb continuous up to 1,810m.  It’s the passhe one straddling the biggest elevation difference, descending almost 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) within 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) of road. The descent is very dangerous in order to keep the danger of failing brakes to a minimum. The top of the pass has a viewpoint affording scenic views of the Namib Desert. The Spreetshoogte is the steepest pass on the way to the Namib with sharp bends but the view from the top over the Namib is most rewarding for a traveller. It is best to drive in the afternoons as the landscape in the later afternoon sun is truly gorgeous and offers some awesome photographic opportunities. 
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