Namib Naukluft Park - Namib Section
The most northern section of the Namib Naukluft Park is known as the "Namib"
From the coast this section of the park is easily accessible from both Swakopmund and Walvis Bay along the C28 and the C14.
Visitors travelling from Windhoek have a choice of three gravel surface roads through the Khomas Hochland, but at least five or six hours are needed if you are coming from Windhoek and motorists must ensure that they have sufficient fuel.
The C28 is the most direct gravel surface route between Windhoek and Swakopmund, but caravans are not permitted because of the steep gradient of the Bosua Pass (1:5) which is best travelled from east to west.
Most of the route D1982 linking Windhoek and Walvis Bay via the Us Pass (1:10) is a district road and corrugated sections are quite common. The road winds through several dry river courses which are sometimes impassable to sedan cars after heavy rains.
The southernmost route, the Gamsberg Pass, links Windhoek with Walvis Bay. It is the most spectacular of the three routes and is referred to as the Garden Route of Namibia. Travellers are afforded dramatic views of the rugged Kuiseb Canyon on entering the park.
The following campsites with very basic facilities can be found in this region:
- Kuiseb Bridge
- Groot tinkas
Facilities at camp sites are limited to fireplaces, refuse bins and toilets and visitors must ensure that they have sufficient water, firewood, fuel and all other supplies for the duration of their stay.
No permit required when travelling through this area on the main roads.
Permits are required when travelling on sign-posted tourist roads.
Admission and camping fees for Kuiseb Bridge, Mirabib, Homeb, Kriess-se-rus, Vogeifederberg, Bloedkoppie, Groot Tinkas and Ganab can be paid at Hardap, Sesriem, Lüderitz and the tourist office in Swakopmund during the week, as well as the Windhoek tourist office, where cashier hours are from 08:00 to 15:00 (Mondays to Fridays only)
Weekend permits can be obtained in Swakopmund from Hans Kries Service Station and the Namib I offices and in Walvis Bay from CWB Service Station and Suidwes Diensstasie.
Wood and water must be provided by visitors.