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Is A Permit Required?:  The northern section of the C14 road takes you through the Northern Namib Naukluft Park. If you intend driving on any gravel roads other than C14 or C25 or D1928 in the National Park, for example, taking a detour to the Kuiseb Canyon View-Point you are required to buy Park Entry Permit from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

 

Road Signs etc:  The C14 has very few road-signs between Walvis Bay to where it junctions with the C26 to Windhoek and this is known to cause a bit of concern to some tourists. You would be wise to keep some form of Log-Book, and that you know approximately how many kilometres your journey between selected points will be.

 

The Journey:  notes and points of interest: The sign at the Walvis Bay traffic circle is clear as to which direction you take for the C14. The initial section of the road is tarred for about 14kms to just past the Walvis Bay's Rooikop Airport.

(a). Dune 7. About 8kms out. This is the highest sand dune in the Walvis Bay Area and many people take the challenge of climbing it. There are picnic areas at the base. A permit is not-required to visit the Dune.

(b). Vogelfederberg. About 55kms out, this rocky outcrop gives you a good panoramic view over the desert. There are picnic areas and sites for overnight camping with limited facilities.  Permit-Required.

(c). Kuiseb-Canyon-Viewpoint. About  115kms out. The slip road is signed. The view is not dramatic, but Geologically interesting. There are picnic areas. Permit-Required.

(d). Kuiseb-Pass. About 159kms out. The section of the pass that presented problems with road wash-away during the wet-season has now been tarred. The pass is ruggedly picturesque. There are a few areas along the lower road side where you can pull off and take in the view. Once driving either up or down the pass you should concentrate on the road as there is a considerable drop should you run out of road.

(e). Gaub-Pass.  About 185kms out. The section of road that drops down to the Gaub-River is steep and twisty. Once driving either up or down the pass you should concentrate on the road as there is a considerable drop should you run out of road. There is a single picnic area at the bottom of the pass.

(f).  Tropic of Capricorn Sign. About 190kms out. You will want to have your photo taken standing next to the sign

(g). Solitaire. About 230kms out. This small settlement at the junction of the C14 and C19 makes for a welcome break from the road. There is a fuel station, and if your vehicle is in need of attention the mechanics will try hard to get you going, but they have their limitations with regards to spare parts etc. Puncture repairs and a limited stock of spare tyres are also available here. The general store is worth a visit, it is here where you can sit down have a drink and savour some of the 'Moose-Man's' renowned apple-tart, but don't expect any cream or toppings on your piece of pie. You're a long way form the nearest creamery. His 'Moose-Bread' is a bit dense, and could be described as tasty, but 'filling'. There is also accommodation and good camping facilities available here. It is only 83kms from Solitaire along the C19 road to the Sesriem-Gate.

 

 39  Sesriem. From Solitaire you must turn onto the C19 gravel road west. After about 72kms you will arrive at the T- junction with the C27 ( B826 ) road running west. The signs for Sesriem and Sossusvlei are good. After about 11kms you arrive at the Sesriem-Gate. Here you will find the Ministry of Environment and Tourism Office where you must buy your Park Entry Permit, and the Namibia Wildlife Resorts Camping Site. The Park Gates are open between sunrise and sunset, and are closed at lunchtime between 13h00 and 14h00.

 

 40  Sossusvlei. Many overseas tourist write to us asking about accommodation at Sossusvlei, so I want to clarify this matter here. There are no accommodation or camping facilities at Sossuvlei. The closest being at Sesriem. Sossusvlei is a spectacular dune area within the Namib Naukluft Desert Park about 65kms west of the Sesriem Camp. Keen photographers are awaiting ready at the gate before sunrise to drive into the park to get the early light. It is also advisable to make your tour of the dunes early, as the mid-day temperatures can be above 40c. Always carry enough water with you and appropriate clothing with a hat or cap for your head. A good pair of hiking boots will be appreciated. It's a long kilometre hike through the dunes to the Dead-Vlei, often across sands heated to a temperature of 70c +

 

Journey Time: You should budget 3 to 4 hours driving time from Walvis-Bay to Solitaire, plus 1 more hour to Sesriem.

 

  Directions From Maltahohe to Sesriem Sossusvlei   Drive the C19 over the picturesque Zaris mountains and Zaris Pass for about 150km and arrive at junction with the D826 with signs for Sesriem. Drive 11km arrive at Sesriem Gate.

 

  Directions From Maltahohe to Solitaire  By the C14 road is 246kms. About 40km south of Solitaire you will enter the area know as Bullsport and drive through the mountain pass. The scenery could be described as being grandiose, and is  better viewed when travelling in a northerly direction. 

 

 Directions From Maltahohe to Duwisib Castle   41  Drive the C14 south  for about 37kms. Here you must look for the road sign D 824 + Sign for Farm Duwisib and turn west onto it. After 11kms you must turn south onto the D 831. After a further 16kms you must turn onto the D 826. After a further 17kms you arrive at Duwisib Farm and Duwisib Castle.

 

 Direction From Sesriem to Duwisib Castle    41  Drive C27 south for 150km. Arrive at junction with D826 drive east for 20km arrive Farm Duwisib. From this approach there is a sign for Duwisib Castle

 

 

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