These beau­ti­ful trails and passes are per­fect for your soft-roader

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1The D707 from Aus to Betta, Namibia Namibia is syn­ony­mous with dirt roads, but one of the jew­els in its crown is surely the D707.To get there you have to head for Aus, in the south, more or less two thirds of the way to­wards Lüderitz if you’re trav­el­ling from Keet­man­shoop. Af­ter hav­ing filled up in Aus and made sure ev­ery­thing is in or­der, head north along the C13 to­wards Helmer­ing­hausen. Here al­ready your heart ought to start pick­ing up speed. But you won’t reach Helmer­ing­hausen, be­cause af­ter ex­actly 55 km you’ll turn right to­wards the D707. From here on the D707 arches to­wards the west, be­fore turn­ing back north.This 123km of road will take just un­der an hour to drive, but please stop now and then and lis­ten to the sound of the ex­panse around you. Now and then you’ll see a gems­bok on your right-hand side, at the foot of the mighty Ti­ras Moun­tains, and on your left you’ll see the east­ern bound­ary of the Namib Desert’s ma­jes­tic dunes. The road is mostly a good dirt road, but ev­ery now and then (if it hasn’t been graded re­cently) there might be patches of sand for a few hun­dred me­tres here and there. But they don’t rep­re­sent a huge ob­sta­cle and be­fore long you’ll ar­rive at a place called Spes Bona (which is ac­tu­ally a farm­stead), where you turn left at the T-junc­tion on the C27, the road that leads to Betta,Wêreldend and, even­tu­ally, Ses­riem and Sos­susvlei. Turnoff to­wards the D707: S26.25114° E16.58594° (if you’re trav­el­ling

north on the C13 from Aus)

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