A dangerous road to Tsaris-Hoogte Pass
Tsaris-Hoogte Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.672m (5,485ft) above the sea level, located in Hardap region, in central Namibia. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Tucked away in the Tsaris Mountains, the road to the summit, also known as Tsaris Pass or Zarishoogte Pass, is unpaved. It’s called C19. The pass is 150 km long, running from Sesriem, a small settlement in the Namib Desert to Maltahöhe, a village in the Hardap Region. 4x4 vehicle required. The drive is dangerous if not driven with extreme caution.
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 is pretty steep, with an average gradient of 6% but over the 20% in parts. It is a beautiful scenery and really something for the avid adventurer who loves nature.
Pic: Walter Waldis