Adventure: various roads in Angola has only recently been restored opening up
new exciting areas for tourism in Angola.
Angola is a giant jigsaw puzzle of different climates, landscapes, cultures and colors. From mountains to vast open plains, wide white beaches to thick tropical rainforest, Angola has it all, as if each of its eighteen provinces were a different country. Lubango has a mild temperate climate, Luanda is hot and dry, while Cabinda is steamy and tropical. Much of the landscape is dramatic, with plunging waterfalls, bizarre rock formations and deep gorges. Leba mountain in Huila province rises out of Tundavala gorge to give stunning views of the vast Namibe desert. On this trip we will be amongst the first to explore this contrasting area of green forests, a maize of rivers changing to a more dry area with huge baobab forests ending up at the Atlantic with its beautiful beaches.
The route will take us through various of Angola’s southern provinces – “traditionally” only the most south-westerly areas (Namibe, Huila en Cunene) were considered ‘safe’ and trips were conducted mainly in this area. Demining and re-construction of roads, infrastructure etc makes it possible to venture safely deeper into Angola so far as the Kongo river.
THE PROVINCE OF
Kuando Kubango is the second largest province in Angola, after Moxico. It borders with the Republic of Zambia to the east and the Republic of Namibia to the south. The city of Menongue was founded on the banks of the River Kuebe and due to the tremendous efforts of its inhabitants, offers the visitor an architectural beauty which is second to none, apart from breathtaking landscapes which can be seen. The population (14,999) lives mainly from agriculture. It was one of the worst affected provinces during the war, which lasted for 20 years.
THE PROVINCE OF BIE
Bie is a vast plain with an area of 70,314 km2, in the shape of a heart, in the geographical centre of Angola, in the municipality of Kamacupa, where the colonial power set up a statue of Christ the King. The main economic activity is agriculture. The average temperature is 21°C. The climate is tropical, with two seasons: the rainy season and the dewy season. The dewy season is cold, with moderate temperatures between May and September, while the rainy season is longer, normally beginning at the end of September and finishing at the beginning of May. The rain is usually associated with thunderstorms.
THE PROVINCE OF HUAMBO
The capital city of this province, which has an area of 34,270 km2, has the same name. The area has an excellent climate, geographical position favourable for agriculture and a good hydro graphic grid, friendly population and network of rivers for fishing and swimming. General Jose Mendes Norton de Matos, The Governor, founded the plain city of Huambo on 8th August, 1912.
In 1928, the engineer Antonio Vicente Ferreira, baptized the city of Huambo with the name Nova Lisboa (New Lisbon) and prepared it to be the capital of Angola. However only the name of the city was changed because of the various schools of opinion opposed to this city becoming the capital of the country, because of Luanda’s more favourable position, at sea. Huambo became the site of a brutal battle during the bloody civil war between the government and UNITA from independence until the death of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi. The city was besieged, extensively damaged, and its civilians fled the city.
The Huambo province was the heartland of Angola’s coffee production during the colonial era. The province was divided into vast rocas (plantations) by the Portuguese who found the soil and climate ideal for Robusta coffee. In the years leading up to independence, Angola was exporting 4000,000 tons of coffee per year (1972-3 figures), and the country was the world’s main producer of robusta coffee. But war and mismanagement led to the collapse of coffee production after independence, with exports sinking to about one tenth of their former volume.
THE PROVINCE OF BENGUELA
Famous for its beaches, Benguela is situated on the coast in the centre of Angola. It has a tremendous geographical diversity and owes its name to the Benguela cold stream which runs from Antarctica. Its location makes Benguela an important connection between the country's different regions. Its relief is varied, dividing the province into three distinctive geographical areas: the coastline, where the altitude goes from 0 to 500 metres, the centre (500 to 1200 m.) and east, (over 1500 m. average altitude) which is connected to the high plains of the interior of Angola. Annual rainfall levels range from 600 mm. in the north to 100 mm. in the south, making a contrast between the regions, from the fertile Vale do Cavaco to the semi-desert terrain of the southern part of the province, which blends into the characteristic landscape of the province of Namibe, which it borders onto. The first landing of Portuguese took place early as 1600’s. They were attracted by an apparent animal richness. After that the legends of the rich silver and copper mines of the region resulted in the foundation of S. Filipe de Benguela that would become the basis of penetration in the island. Lobito was founded in 1843 by the Portuguese. The longest railway line in Angola, which crosses the country to its borders with Zambia and DR Congo, departs from its second city, Lobito, which has a deep water port. The completion of the railroad from Benguela in 1929 made Lobito an important commercial centre and Angola’s chief port, but it declined in the 1970’s due to damage of port facilities during the War of Independence from Portugal. The need for a harbour and the wonderful conditions gave form to Lobito.
THE PROVINCE OF NAMIBE
This is the greatest fishing centre of Angola, the province of Namibe is named after the desert which occupies the majority of its area. It is famous around the world for a rare plant which is found here, the Welwitschia Mirabilis. Its capital is in an enormous bay which deadens the fury of the Atlantic waves, creating some of the finest beaches in the world. This region was firstly touched in 1485 by a European, Diogo Cao. It was named of Mocamedes and was the first district to be created in the South of Angola. In 1840. The organised exploitation of the region’s richness began in 1849 with the arrival of the first settlers coming from Brazil.
THE PROVINCE OF MALANJE
Malanje is the capital city of Malanje Province in Angola. The main tourist attraction, the Calandula waterfalls are 105 metres high and their great width makes a breathtaking sight. Pedras Negras de Pungo Andongo are massive black rocks. The greatest dam in the country is in Malanje, in the municipality of Capanda. The climate is mainly humid, with average temperatures between 20 and 24°C and rainfall 900 mm to 130 mm in the rainy season (October to April).
THE PROVINCE OF HUILA
Lubango is the capital city of the province of Huila, which has an area or 75, 002 km2. Initially, with the Portuguese colonization, Huila was included in the territory of Benguela and by a decree law passed in April 1849 and integrated in the District of Mocamedes (now called Namibe). The municipality of Humpata has great tourist potential. It was where the first colonies were set up, due to the natural beauty of the area. This region was discovered by the ”Dorsland Trekkers” on 4th January, 1881. It was declared a council (municipality) on 17th January, 1883. The Madeira people appeared a bit later in January 1885. The colony of Sa da Bandeira was established.
The great number of waterfalls forms the landscape that surrounds Lubango. But the most photographed places are perhaps presently, the fissure of Tunda-Vala and the Leba Hill with its incredible asphalt spiral (Leba pass)
at Rundu from were will depart for Angola (Katwitwi) the next day. Last minute
shopping, stocking up on fuel to cover a distance of 900 km (worst case
Days 1- 3: Depart early morning to be at the border post at 07H00. After crossing the border the road leads northwards along the western banks of the Kavango river towards Menonque (550km – although fuel could be available at Menonque it can not be guaranteed). From Menonque the planned destination will be Chinguar were we will camp at the origin of the Okavango river. It is quite a sight looking at the humble beginning of a ‘mighty river’ which ends in Botswana creating the renowned Okavango Delta.
Days 4-8: We continue the journey northwards towards Calundula. The the Calundula Falls is an awe-inspiring sight and said to be Africa`s third largest waterfall. The 105 meter tall waterfall, is located 85 km from the provincial capital of Malange. This is the most northern turning point. From here we turn towards Quibala, Gabela, Sumbe, Lobito and Benquella. During the 5 days we will travel through ever changing landscapes varying from the fertile highlands , tropical forests and coffee plantations in the interior to a semi-desert area bordering the coastline.
Days 9-12: From Benquella we turn south towards the province of Namibe at a more leisury pace, visiting some of the remote beaches along the coast. There will be time for those who want to do some fishing, otherwise we will just enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the remote beaches along the coast.
Day 13 -15 We start the return trip heading for Lubango, driving via the spectacular Leba Pass with its awesome hairpin bends and waterfalls. The road ascends from the coastal plain to an altitude of over 6 000 feet in just a few kilometres. From Lubango we turn south via Cahama towards the Ruacana border post. Depending on progress it may be possible to cross the border into Namibia already on day 14. After crossing the Cunene you will be back in Namibia and it is time for sad farewells. Here our ways part.
INOCULATIONS AND MEDICATION
• Yellow fever inoculation is compulsory and proof of this must be submitted.
• Medication against Malaria
• Cholera inoculation is not compulsory but is recommended.
• Invitation letter will be arranged by Uri Adventures. We require full names, passport number and expiry date 2 months before the departure date.
• Each individual must have a copy of this in their possession when crossing the border.
4 Copies of each of the following documents.( At least one document must be certified).
• Invitation letter
• ID document
• Registration certificate of the vehicle
• Police Clearance of vehicle.
• Drivers license
• Authority letter – if the vehicle is bought on a hire purchase and if the name on the registration certificate indicates another person’s name.
• Invitation letter – a copy of this letter must be shown at the border.
• Medical Aid – Please confirm with your medical aid that it makes provision for emergency care and “Evacuation” in Angola.
• Insurance – Please confirm with your insurance company that you are covered in Angola (vehicle and personal effects).
• ‘a “ Cross border fee”, payable at the border per vehicle: you will be notified on the current amount in advance.
• Angola price R7.00 (Petrol) and R5.00 (Diesel), but it can change. Please keep in mind that your vehicle must be able to cover a distance of 1000km before refill. Please make the necessary provision to ensure that it is possible. Extra cans are in order.
Time permitting the group will have a night out in Angola trying local cuisine.
• All depending on the current exchange rate:
• 1 USD for 90 KW.
• 1 Rand for 9 KW.
It is recommended that each vehicle can take approximately U$500 to be exchanged in Angola for Kwanza which is local currency of Angola this can be used at the markets and to refuel the vehicles. Please note that it is difficult to exchange the smaller domination U$ notes in Angola please ensure that you take bigger domination notes such as U$ 20/50/100. Please also make sure that the notes must all be printed later then 2006 (Larger Head identification).
The following items are mandatory for each participation vehicle:
Police Clearance if needed to cross border. (Vehicle)
Passport & Visa
Cross border fees payable at the border
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Copy of Invitation letter
Mosquito repellent & Malaria prophylaxes (speak to your House doctor)
40 liters water for Guides for cooking shower water not included.
Tyre pressure gauge
Toilet paper & matches
Plastic bags to carry waste (e.g. empty cool drink tins, etc)
Brake fluid, Gear oil & Engine oil
Spare V- Belt set
Sufficient Petrol/Diesel to cover at least (1000km)
All equipment and luggage must be strapped in and securely fastened
2 x bags firewood
Extra Spare wheel (no 6)
Tubeless tyre repair kit
Communication radios for all participating vehicles
Meals (Only Tea/Coffee and fruit juices supplied with meals)
“Communal” camping equipment (e.g. braai grid, cooking facilities & equipment, tables, wash-up facilities, Showers etc.)
All you need
Tent, folding chair & sleepwear (bedroll, tent etc.)
Eating utensils (Cutlery, Plate, Bowl, Glass & Mug)
Own snacks & refreshments (alcoholic beverages, cool drinks etc.)
Torch & batteries
Camera (enough memory & battery)
Sunglasses & Sun Tan lotion
Clothing (very hot and very cold), Toiletries & towels.
Prescribed medicine, malaria prophylactics
The weather is usually warm and sunny, and the breeze seldom exceeds 12 knots (except at the Cunene where it can really blow!). It is therefore not necessary to bring waders, boots, oilskins or winter woollies. Shorts, T-shirts, a jersey and light windbreakers are quite sufficient in the daytime, but warm jackets and track-suit pants are often necessary in the evenings, when it may be cool (especially if camping out).
Rates per person: on request
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