Huila, Cunene and Namibe


Discover the south of Angola

The south of Angola is very a popular holiday destination among tourists and locals. This area is besides the marvelouse and diverse landscape a interesting place to meet indigenous peoples of Africa.

 

The Serra da Leba pass was also nominated as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Angola. The beautiful Serra da Leba mountain range is located in the province of Huíla, not far away from the city of Lubango. A fascinating place with a incredible view. Another, and maybe even more famouse point of interest is the rock formation Fenda da Tundaval. One of the winners of the 7 Natural Wonders of Angola.

 

After arrival in Lubango, there can be already seen one of the distinctive sights of the city, the Christ the King (Cristo Rei) statue, which is overlooking the city. Inspired by the famouse figure of Rio de Janeiro, the statue was built in 1957 and is listed since 2014 as an Angolan World Heritage Site.

Not just the diverse landscape of the south attracts visitors, mainly the people come to see and discover the many ethnic groups, who live mostly as nomads in the area of Cunene which boarders Namibia in the south. In contrast to the rest of Africa, there you can still find a lot of traditonal indigenous peoples. Many of them are just located in this area and still live their traditonal lives.

 

The colourful cloth, the rich jewelry or the typical hair style, every people have their own distinctive features and traditions. Nevertheless they live all in peace togehter in this protected area of Angola.

 

Besides the rich cultur in the south of Angola, you can also discover there the desert of Namibe as well as the long coasts with the sandy beaches. Enjoy your spare time during a desert safari and experience another face of Africa.


Day 1



Today’s trip starts from Luanda to Lubango (Huila) by plane with a national airline normally in the early afternoon.

 

Upon arrival in the wonderful city of the famous Mumuíla and the home of Cristo Rei, we will be picked up and start our tour.

 

As an introduction to this marvellous city, we will head towards to the Tunda Vala gap. This inspiring abyss located in Lubango right at the rim of the Serra da Leba and visit the Cristo Rei – one of the 4 worldwide biggest Christ figures built in 1957, before we get to the hotel.


Day 2


After the breakfast we will leave the hotel and heading toward Oncocua. On our way we will pass the small city of Chibia which is very famous for its big population of the ethnic tribal people Mumuílas and their famous markets and small villages around it.

 

We will make a short brake at this interesting place and visit some villages around.

 

Afterwards we will continue our very long ride towards Oncocua. Upon arrival, we will meet the Soba (headman) who will introduce us to the area/ village, before we are preparing our tents for the night.

 

Arrival will be in the late afternoon. The night in Oncocua we will stay in tents.


Day 3



 After the breakfast in Oncocua we will meet people of different ethnic groups like:

 

  • Muhimba - Among the most popular tribes derived from Himbas. In contrast to the Himba people, the Muhimba do not live in such an isolated way and have contacts with the outside world.
  • Muhacaona (Mucawana) – Mostly situated in this region of south Angola and mainly seen in Cunene. They are popular for their very beautiful hair styles.
  • Vátua - The Ethnic Group Vátua or Pre-Banto is formed by Cuissis and Cuepes - sometimes included in the name Curocas, derived from the Curoca River, whose margins are inhabited by them.

 

While spending the whole day here we will be escorting the cattle herder to the water place or nearby locations and observe the daily live. We will also have some time with different groups and learning a little bit about their handcraft or their everyday live/ duties.

 

Our dinner will be held together with the Soba (headman) of the town of Oncocua. As this will be our last night around this area, we will already pack our goods to leave early on the next day.


Day 4



After an early breakfast at the village we are leaving Oncocua towards Namibe.

 

Today’s trip will once again be a very long one with very famous stop overs.

 

Our first stop we will make at the marvellous Serra da Leba and have some time to make beautiful postcard pictures.

 

Right after the Serra da Leba we will make another quick stop over at the Mercado das mangueiras. A market where the Mucubal and Guendelengues sell their hand made coats and oil.

 

After visiting this impressing places we will continue our trip toward Namibe – Moçamedes.

 

We will arrive on our final destination at the late afternoon. In the hotel you will have some time to freshen up after this very long trip.

 

For dinner we will visit a local restaurant. Afterwards we return to the Hotel and rest for the next day.


Day 5



Today we start with a very early Breakfast before heading towards to Tchitundo Hulo – the mysterious rock carvings.

 

These are, the so far known, most important archaeological sites in south-east of Angola.

 

Afterwards we visit a Mucubal tribe village and its market. The most charactering of this tribe is the clothing traditions of women. A hat called Ompota, with patterns that are atypical and very colourful as well as a rope that tightens their chest called Oyonduthi, are the very own features of their tribe.

 

We will once again have a night in our tents.


Day 6



After breakfast in the village, we will head back toward Colinas. At Colinas we will visit the red rock canyon and the Lagoa dos Arcos.

 

Our next stop will be Tombwa – Tômbua (or also former known as Porto Alexandre from 1895 – 1975).

 

With its nice shipwreck, the fisherman´s culture and learn about the history about this area.  We will spend here some time to gain an understanding of the peoples live in this town.

 

The famous Welwitchia Mirabilis – distinct monotypic genus is also found in this area.

 

We are heading toward the city town of Moçamedes were we will visit the city sights through a walking tour.


Day 7



Before heading toward the Namibe desert, we will have an early breakfast at the Hotel.

 

The very famous Namib Desert is known to be one of the oldest and vast deserts. At the Atlantic Ocean the Namib Desert extends alongside the coast of Namibia.

 

Our last stop on this trip in the south will be the airport of Moçamedes.

 
If you stay in Angola any longer, we will pick you up at Luanda airport to take you to your hotel.


Included in the price


All transfers and transport , fuel, drivers, food for drivers and guides, accommodation for drivers und guides

 

Hotel accommodation

 

All meals as listed

 Please note, the meals will be typical Angolan food

 If you are in need of a special diet, please let us know beforehand

 

Drinks and snacks in the vehicle

 

Guide (English speaking)

 

Tours and activities as highlighted

 

All road/ bridge tolls, park fees and entrance fees

Not included in the price


Drinks (at hotels, restaurant, etc.) water at meals is included

 

Tips (for waiters, hotel staff, etc.)

 

Extras at hotels

 

Individual insurance

 

Visa costs and application

 

Flights to and from Angola

 

Medical Services

 

And all other things which are not mentioned on the itinerary

Note


As this trip is quite advanterouse, you should be in good healt conditon due to the exertion of the trip. Please note that the nights in the desert can be very cold and the days are very hot, so please bring suitable clothes and equipment with you. We will stay in very remoted areas where we can not always provide immediate comprehensive medical care.

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Morro Bento, 

Av. Pedro de Castro Van-Dúnem Loy nº76,

Luanda - Angola

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