This expedition takes you to the highlights of Angola, from the desert to fertile highland and the ever green rain forest of Africa. You will be met by friendly African faces, who still struggle to drag themselves out of a 30 years civil war, beautiful landscapes and turquoise blue sea.
It is going to be an expedition, but due to road conditions the tour plan below will serve only as a reference as progress can be slower or faster at times.
The 30 years of war has broken down all the infrastructures in the country, but because of the land’s rich natural resources, development is going at a fast rate, with many international companies rebuilding Angola.
Description of Daily Activities and Travel Info
We will depart for Ondongwa, a 2 day drive ,so we will have an early morning start. The first night camping onroute and the second day arriving early in th afternoon at our campsite in the vicininty of Ondongwa. Camping
Today we will cross the boarder into Angola, a slow process with some 3rd world formalities, an experience on its own. The next days we will drive north east toward the Kavango River, Bush camping along the way. This is still kalahari, though hard to imagine,because the sand dunes are covered with green Teak and Kiaat trees due to the high rainfall in the area. Our first town will be Menongue, a strategic military town during the war between UNITA rebels and the MPLA soldiers and the signs are stil well visible. We will overnight next to the Cebe River a tributary to the Cubango south of Menongue and the at the "Spring of the Cubango River“ , the origin of this mighty river on the Highlands of Huambo|
We continue in a northerly direction to the central highlands of Angola and the city of Malange. We will be crossing Diamond areas of Angola, once one of the source for financing the civil war in the Country. Because of this, the term "Blood Diamonds“ comes
Passing the city of Malange we visit Calandula waterfall is the biggest in Angola. On the opposite hill is a newly build lodge overlooking this beautiful waterfall, and we will lodge here for the night (Lodging and meals for own account)
The mysterious mountains of Pungo Andungo, better known as Perdas Negras “Black Rocks” is next on the list of our attractions. These mountains form a natural fort which the N’donga tribe used to hide from the invading Portuguese colonialists. One can still see the “footprint” in the rocks as the Queen and King fled to the north. Here we will camp for 1 night.
We will drive west to Luanda, this is a fast growing city with crazy traffic (an eye opener) Enroute we will drive through topical Rain forest, and Boabab tree Forest. We will also visit the old Portuguese „Ship Grave Yard“, where the Portuguese beached the ships at the outbreak of the civil war in 1975 We will overnight on the Kwanza river banks in the Kwanza river Lodge (Lodge accommodation)
Dinner and Breakfast for own account
Today is a relaxing day at Kwanza Lodge, with optional boat cruises or Fishing trips (Lodge accommodation & Dinner and Breakfast for own account)
We will have a short drive and the relax the next day on a small isolate beach. Wild camping
Follow coast line south to the romantic cities of Lobito and Benguela. Here are well preserved colonial buildings, and we will visit the old slave fort in Benguela, testifying of those dark days when folks were taken to Americas as slaves. We will have a restaurant meal on the Rastinga of Lobito, right on the beach.This will be for everyone’s own account.
Day 15 -16
Driving South we follow the coastline searching for magic little beaches ,where we will relax and explore for the following 2 days.
The landscape gets drier as we head south toward the town of Namibe that lies on the northern Borders of the Namib Desert. Before Namibe we turn east and drive up the Sierra Bandeiros & Chela with the magnificent Leba Pass, definitely one of the highlights on this expedition. The city of Lubango is a beautiful city and is famous for its Christo Rei, the statue of Christ, a smaller replica of the one in Rio and Lisbon. We will camp here on the highland plateau, close to the spectacular cliffs of Tundavalle. This area is known as the Huila province, name after the old Muhiula tribe, one of the last traditional generations remaining in the land.
After breakfast we will drive through the city exploring and doing some sight seeing around the city , we will camp out side the city en route to the Namibia Border. We have come closer to the end of our journey and it is time to drive the long way back to the border post of Oshikango/Kulueque where we will enter Namibia.
Driving through Ovambo land we are slowly leaving Africa behind us as we are entering a more modern world.We will overnight in a campsite in the Northern area of Namibia where will have one in last meal in a restaurant. Camping and restaurant meals Dinner and Breakfast for clients own account.
Our expedition ends
After breakfast every one will travel their own way, Guides will drive back to Walvis Bay
Price: N$ 20 000 pp min 10 persons