Leaving Namibia at the Ruacana border post, the Angola trip is on it’s way. The road leads over a low water bridge over the Kunene River, and then becomes a two-track road. With Mopane scrubland encroaching on the road we travel parallel to the Kunene River towards Foz de Kunene.
Due to the condition of the roads, the group travels very slow, and the first couple of nights we camp in dry river beds next to the road. Iona National Park is a big conservation area in the South of Angola that the group travels through in order to get to Foz de Kunene.
After 3 days of slow driving we reach the mouth of the Kunene River, as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Camping on the rivers edge and waking up to the sound of Bank cormorants on their way to the ocean is truly a special experience. The next 2 days will take us Northwards along the coast towards Flamingo. About halfway the dunes get very close to the ocean, so one can only travel this area at low tide, and with a local guide that knows the area.
Flamingo lodge lies in a stunning area. A big river has carved its way open to the Atlantic Ocean, and while doing this caused “canyon lands” to form. The lodge is situated in and on these heights, and gives you an excellent view of the Ocean. The building is not permanent, but good enough to keep the elements of nature away from your body. With hot showers, and an open air restaurant with a view on the setting sun, one cannot really ask for any better settings.
Leaving Flamingo we travel to Namibe, the capital of the South West of Angola. Visiting the market place is a hectic and fun filled experience. Anything under the sun is available, and it is your typical African Market. Busy, loud and bustling with energy. The beach at Raphael’s is our next destination. What a stunning site. A beautiful bay with white sandy beaches. Two days spending here, exploring a bit of the surrounding area, which is just as stunning.
Lubango were to be our next destination. Travelling up the
Serra de Leba Pass at 40 kilometres per hour is a wonderful experience. Well built and maintained this is a highlight of the tour. After visiting the Dorsland Trekkers graves and memorial in Humpata, the group left for Lubango. A bustling city, Lubango is the heart of the South of Angola. Visiting different sites in and around Lubango takes about 2 days. One of these sites is the Cristo-Rei, a huge statue of Christ overlooking Lubango.
Leaving Lubango we head for the Namibian border at Santa Clara again. On the way the road from Cahama to Xangongo must be driven. It is one pothole after another, so this 75 kilometre takes about 4 hours to drive. Really very bad, but at least one gets time to look around, due to the very slow pace. After crossing the border, Namibia is a welcome sight to behold.
Angola is truly a spectacular country, very big, and with this trip which lasted 15 days in total, the group only got to see the Southern bit of Angola. A lot of various and changing landscapes makes this a trip to remember. When next planning a trip to Angola, or a Namibia safari please visit our website.
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