Angola prospecting road trip / June 2024 – 15 days

Trip to Angola “road trip” / Departure confirmed

Complete trip to Angola focusing on cities, nature and tribes. It will be a new route for us. On this trip to Angola we will cover an important part of the centre and south of the country, travelling along the entire coast by road from Luanda to Foz de Cunene on the border with Namibia. On our special prospective trip we will stop to visit cities such as Lobito, Benguela, Namibe or Lubango. We will focus on crossing the Iona National Park through the Doodsakker Pass to try to reach Ilha dos Tigres. From Foz de Cunene we will head upstream to Lubango via Virey. On this part of the journey we will be able to see tribes such as Mucubal and Himbas and near Lubango, Muilas.

Approximate route of our trip to Angola

  • Luanda / Praia Santiago
  • Angola coast / Barra do Cuanza – Lobito – Benguela – Namibe – Flamingo Lodge
  • Iona National Park / Baia dos Tigres – Foz de Cunene – Espirinha
  • Tribes/ Espirinha – Virey – Lubango
  • Return through the interior / Huemba – Wako Congo
  • Luanda 

Angola, an exciting destination

The years that plunged Angola into the chaos of war are long gone. On this trip to Angola you will discover that this is a serious country, comfortable to visit, with decent infrastructure, a friendly population and immense tourist potential.

Modernity is making its way into the major cities: Luanda, Lubango and Lobito but not far from any of them there is an ancestral and tribal world that remains alive.

Nature is overwhelming in places like the Namib Desert, which we will explore. Of course, as usual on our travels, we will continuously sample the local food and party on many occasions.

In short, this is a programme that aims to provide a rich and comprehensive overview of Angola’s main attractions. Let’s take a look at it in more detail:

Road trip in Angola

In Luanda we will visit Santiago beach, a spectacular ship graveyard and its lively fishing port. We will climb the Luanda fortress to see the city from the top.

We will pick up our 4×4 vehicle in the capital and start descending along the coast of Angola. We will stop in places like Barra do Cuanzo, Lobito or Benguela. We will continue to the beautiful colonial architecture town of Namibe.

From Namibe, we travel south to see the interesting geological formations of Arco, the fishing port of Tombua and the breathtaking scenery of Iona National Park, where huge dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean.

Iona National Park

Iona National Park is located 200km from Namibe in southern Angola and forms part of the northern tip of the Namib. This is the country’s largest nature reserve, and is a region that holds some of the most fantastic scenery you’ll see on this trip to Angola.

This park has 160 km of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, from Tombua to Foz de Cunene, and that coastline is a spectacular stretch of dunes and desert that ends abruptly at the Atlantic on many occasions. Incidentally, this marine area is in the process of becoming Angola’s first coastal protected area.

Baia dos Tigres

From Tombua, the last town, a three-hour 4×4 journey through the desert to Baia dos Tigres awaits us. A spectacular journey through dunes and desert beach to reach one of the most remote and isolated places on the West African coast. You have to drive half of the famous Doodsakker, a treacherous stretch that can only be done at low tide.

Trip to Angola

Visiting Ilha dos Tigres, a passion for abandoned places

Weather permitting we will take a boat from the Namib coast to the Ilha dos Tigres where we will walk through the deserted village with its old colonial buildings.

Continue to Foz de Cunene, the natural border with Namibia, and then into the interior of the Iona National Park. From Espinheira we will try to visit some Himba villages.

Southern tribal Angola

In the tribal south of Angola there are a lot of different tribes, some of which we are sure to meet on our route. In the vicinity of Iona National Park there are some Himba settlements. Further north towards Virey you will see Mucubal settlements. Not far from Lubango live the Muila. We are likely to see these three different tribes on our Angola road trip.

Most Angolan tribes pay special attention to their appearance. Hairstyles, jewellery, attire, colours… they reveal a sense of aesthetics that may seem strange, but will always be fascinating.

Trip to Angola
Muila women not far from Lubango

Travel to Angola to discover its colonial heritage

In Luanda, Benguela, Tombua and especially in Namibe we will discover Angola’s rich colonial architectural heritage and will be an excellent counterpoint to the tribes and wild landscapes of Iona.

The streets of Namibe are painted in bright colours and it is a delight to stroll through them, chat with the locals and have a good beer from time to time in some of the tavernas. In Namibe, we’ll also stay in a pleasant colonial house that has been converted into a basic guesthouse, and we’ll be sure to try the Congolese-style clams. 😉.

Trip to Angola
Namibe streets

Luanda ship graveyard, the landscape of the apocalypse

About 25 km north of Luanda is a large bay where the skeletons of huge ships, iron ghosts, loom on the horizon above the water or stranded on the sand.

Some say that the ships were towed there after the companies that owned them went bankrupt. Others say that the ships were abandoned off Luanda in 1975 and that, over time, ocean currents broke the moorings and washed them up on these beaches. Other “ears” also claim that these ships were carrying weapons and were deliberately beached by the crews, who abandoned them after transferring the cargo ashore in the dark of night. ….

Travelling to Angola
Ship graveyard north of Luanda

If you want to sign up for this trip, don’t hesitate to ask us for the route and the rest of the details – Angola does not disappoint! 😊

  • • Vehículos 4X4 y sus gastos derivados
    • Guía de Kumakonda 
  •    Transfers en los aeropuertos
    • Entradas a Parque Nacional de Iona
    • Guías locales cuando sea necesario
    • Permisos de acampada en los poblados
    • Noches de hotel / pensiones en habitación doble para dos personas
    • Comidas cuando estemos de acampada
    • Tienda de campaña para dos personas
  • Vuelos internacionales
    • Seguro de viaje y cancelación
    • Bebidas (agua mineral, refrescos o bebidas alcohólicas)
    • Las comidas en hoteles y ciudades o no especificadas como incluidas en el apartado anterior
    • Pagos por trabajos fotográficos a personas concretas
    • Esterilla y saco de dormir
    • Propinas opcionales
    • Todo lo que no esté en el apartado “se incluye”.

    Travel with us​

    If you prefer, you can contact us directly by writing to info@kumakonda.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

    3300€ /PERSON.

    Trip details

    27 June 2024,
    11 July 2024,

    Departure location

    Arrival location

    Visited Countrys

    Guides

      Travel with us​

      If you prefer, you can contact us directly by writing to info@kumakonda.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

      Related trips