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Dorsland Offroad Route

Gam - Epukiro

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Wildlife Wildlife
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Urban life Urban life
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Dorsland Offroad Route ACTIVATE MAP Stages1 km278 h/stage8.4

Best months to drive

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Dorsland Offroad Route in Namibia?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 54EUR drive & more 38EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 48EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 141EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 195EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 81EUR drive & more 50EUR sleep & more 110EUR eat & more 72EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 232EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 313EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 144EUR drive & more 63EUR sleep & more 187EUR eat & more 96EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 346EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 490EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 225EUR drive & more 75EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 48EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 178EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 403EUR
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Dorsland Offroad Route Itinerary

The Dorsland Offroad Route is a 278km road trip that starts in Gam, Namibia and ends in Epukiro, Namibia. This route is suitable for all levels of drivers and can be managed with a low budget. It is best to complete the trip in one day, however the overall poor road conditions mean that it is advisable to take your time. Roads along the route are partly accessible for 4WD only, and partly not accessible for Motorhomes. The best time of the year to drive this route is during the dry season.
number of days 1 number of days
route length 278 km route length
budget low budget
good for adventurer good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level

START Gam

Distance 278 km Driving time 8.4 h Pace: slow 63.9 kWh
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Gam is a small village in the Kunene Region of Namibia, situated on the banks of the Hoanib River. It is an ideal starting point for the Dorsland Offroad Route, an adventurous drive through the Kaokoland. The village itself is home to a few tourist attractions, including the Gam Rock Art, a collection of ancient rock paintings, and the Gam Petrified Forest, a collection of petrified trees. For those traveling by air, the closest international airport is Rundu Airport (IATA: NDU), located about 200 kilometers away. From here, visitors can rent a car to get to Gam. The route to Gam is an offroad one, but it is an unforgettable experience, with stunning views and a variety of wildlife. Once in Gam, visitors should not miss out on the opportunity to explore the Hoanib River, with its stunning views and great fishing opportunities. Other activities in the area include 4x4 drives, hiking, and visits to the numerous Himba villages in the area. In short, Gam is a great starting point for the Dorsland Offroad Route, offering a variety of activities and sights. With its ancient rock paintings, petrified forest, and beautiful views of the Hoanib River, Gam is a great place to visit before embarking on an offroad adventure.

1 Gam - Epukiro

Distance 278 km Driving time 8.4 h Pace: slow 63.9 kWh View map Itinerary
4WD only stretches of gravel road inaccessible for campers inaccessible for caravans limited number of petrol stations scenic road junction of road trips
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Embark on a road trip from Gam, Namibia to Epukiro, a journey of 278 km that can be completed in less than 9 hours. This stage of your tour requires a 4WD, and may not be suitable for campers in some sections, and cars with camper trailers in others. Be aware that there may be a lack of gas stations along the way. Enjoy the scenic roads and views of the Namibian landscape. Visit the small town of Maltahöhe, located in the Hardap Region, and take a short detour to the nearby Gamsberg Pass. Continue to the small settlement of Stampriet, and take a break in the town of Gochas, which is located near the Fish River Canyon. Make a stop in the town of Aus, and take a drive up the famous Aus Pass. Finally, arrive in Epukiro, located in the Omaheke Region. More information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route is available in the "Itinerary" of this stage. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable road trip experience!

  Epukiro

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Epukiro in Namibia is the final destination for the "Dorsland Offroad Route" - an incredible adventure for the more adventurous traveler. Located in the Omaheke region, the town is surrounded by the Kalahari Desert and is home to fascinating landscapes and wildlife. Upon arriving in Epukiro, visitors can take part in the "Epukiro Heritage Tour" which takes them to a number of historical sites in the area, including the gravesite of Hendrik Swartbooi who was a prominent Herero chief in the late 19th century. Visitors can also explore the nearby Gondwana Kalahari National Park or view the ancient petroglyphs at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary. For those wishing to stay a little longer, the town has a number of accommodation options including the Epukiro Lodge and the Desert Horse Inn. Additionally, there are a number of restaurants in the area offering a variety of local and international cuisine. The nearest international airport to Epukiro is the Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), located about a 3-hour drive away. However, for travelers wishing to visit the town and its surrounding attractions, the most convenient option is to drive. Epukiro is the perfect ending point of the "Dorsland Offroad Route" and offers travelers a unique experience that they won't find anywhere else. With its fascinating history, incredible landscapes, and diverse wildlife, it's a must-see destination for any adventure-seeker.

Dorsland Offroad Route at a glance

Facts for safer driving in Namibia

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 60 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 120 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls no
seat belts seat belts yes

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