Directions from Windhoek To Sossusvlei Lodge (via Nauchas, Spreetshoogte Pass & Solitaire):
There are a number of routes to follow from Windhoek to the Sossusvlei Lodge. The most direct route with usually the best road surfaces is given here. Others include taking the B1 South to Rehoboth and then on to Solitaire via the C24 and D1261 - a slightly longer route, the only advantage being the asphalt surface of the B1. Another would be following the C26 Walvis Bay road all the way to the C14 and then turning south to Solitaire - again a longer route.
Total distance: 306,9 km
Average duration: about 4 hours
Road surfaces: asphalt 17kms, gravel road 290 km.
Leave Windhoek via the B1 Western Bypass (Sam Nujoma Drive).
Travel for 4,4 kilometres and turn left onto the B1 Rehoboth road.
Travel for 5,5 kilometres down the B1 and turn right onto the C26 Namib Naukluft road at the T-junction.
After 7,1 kilometres along the C26, the road surface changes from asphalt to gravel at a low bridge and maintains this surface for the duration of the trip (please read the special notes for driving on gravel surfaces).
Travel for 22,8 kilometres through the Amani Pass and turn left at the intersection (T-Junction), still following the C26 Solitaire/Walvis Bay via Gamsberg Pass road.
Travel for 70,7 kilometres along the C26 and then turn left at the Nauchas/Rehoboth intersection (T-Junction).
Travel for 53 kilometres along the D1261 to Nauchas.
Resuming once again on the D1261, turn right at the Spreetshoogte T-junction just down the road from the shop onto the D1275.
The viewpoints at the top of the Spreetshoogte Pass are reached after 16,4 kilometres along the D1275.
Thereafter, the road winds down the pass over some very steep sections in places. The gravel surface of the road has been covered in sections with concrete interlocking paving so as to improve traction.
Exercise extreme caution over this section, engage a lower gear and maintain a slower speed. No coaches, caravans or trailers are permitted. They must use the Remhoogte Road, straight ahead at Nauchas.
A further 34,4 kilometres down the D1275 from the viewpoints at the top of the Spreetshoogte Pass, turn left onto the C14 at the Solitaire T-Junction.
Travel 9,3 kilometres down the C14 to Solitaire and turn right at the C19/Sossusvlei intersection (T-Junction).
Continue on the C19 from Solitaire for a further 71,3 kilometres.
At the D826 Sossusvlei /Sesriem intersection (T-Junction), turn right and travel for 12 kilometres.
The entrance gate to Sossusvlei Lodge is on the right-hand side of the road.