Us-Hoogte Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.812m (5,944ft) above the sea level, located on the outskirts of the Namib Desert, in central Namibia. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
The road to the summit, also known as Us-Pass, is gravel. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared.
The road, with its 1:10 gradient, is a scenic but winding route. It’s called D1982 and links Windhoek and Walvis Bay. This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Corrugated sections are quite common. The road winds through several dry river courses which are sometimes impassable to sedan cars after heavy rains. It’s well worth a drive if you want to get dust on your car.