Spreetshoogte Pass, a high mountain road that links the Namib Desert to the Khomas Highland, is Namibia’s steepest pass and offers travelers an impressive elevation climb, too. Created during World War II, the pass was originally created as a way to bring imported goods to the nearby farm of Nicolaas Spreeth. The rural farmer built the pass with his own hands, laying a strong foundation to support not only donkey and ox carts, but cars and trucks as well.
Today, the quartzite rocks of this famous pass can be seen winding up and down the countryside. Although the road is well-maintained, commercial vehicles and trucks aren’t allowed to navigate the steep climbs and dangerous ascents of Spreetshoogte Pass.