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.
Todays trip starts from Luanda to Lubango (Huila).
We will have an evening flight to the wonderful city of Mumuhuila and the home of Cristo Rei.
At the airport of Lubango we will be picked up and will be brought to the resort/hotel.
Here we relax a bit before dinner and get prepared for the next day.
After breakfast we will leave the resort/ hotel and head over to the Chibia village. There we will meet some of the ethnical tribes like Mumuhuila/ Mwila, Mudimba and Mutua. In Chibia we will visit the market and get in touch with the local people who sell their different handmade products.
Afterwards we continue our trip to Oncocua/ Kuroca.
Upon arrival, we will meet the Soba (headman) who will introduce us to the area/ small village of Kuroca. In the evening we will sit at the bonfire to listen to the stories and tales of the Soba
(headman) of the Kimbo.
Before meeting the ethnic groups we will have our breakfast. Depending on who is at this day in the Camp, we will meet people of the ethnic groups of Muhacaona, Mumuhuila (Mwila), Vatua, Mujimba or Mugambue.
With a bit of luck, we can meet people of the nomad Mudimba tribe at the wells. This tribe is very famous for its unique hairstyle. Every hairstyle is a single pice of art.
Our lunch we will have together with the Soba (headman) of the Kimbo. Afterwards we will go back to Lubango where we check in our hotel/lodge to spend the night.
After the breakfast we will visit the beautiful rock formation Fenda da Tundavala before we head over to the little chapel Nossa Sra. Do Monte and the famouse Cristo Rei figure.
After lunch break we will head over to the waterfalls Cascata da Huila. Afterwards we will return to the hotel/ lodge.
Our Day starts with the breakfast. Afterwards we will head over to the famouse Leba pass. At the viewpoint there we will have a tremendous view of the Serra da Leba.
On our way to Namibe we will stop at a place called Geraul de baixo paragem do 14, where we will find a small kimbo (village) with a famous angolan man, who is leaving there with his more than 125 kids, wifes and grandchildren.
After the arrival in Moçamedes (Namibe) we will check into the hotel/ lodge before we have a walk through the town.
Like always we will start our day with a breakfast before leaving the lodge at 08:00 AM.
Today we will visit some ethnic groups (Mucubal, Himbas and Tjimbas) at the Iona National Park and learn more about their cultural habits, traditions and believes. Through our translator for the different languages and dialects who will join us at these day, we can directly talk to the native people and also take pictures with them.
Our lunch we will have with the local people directly at the Iona National Park. We will spend the whole day at this peaceful and beautyful place.
Also our dinner we will have at the national park, where we will sleep in our tent.
After the breakfast we will leave the Iona Park to the mysterious rock carving of Tchitundo Hulo. These are one of the finest collections of prehistoric artwork in the world.
Our todays picnic will take place in the marvelouse scenery of the Namibe desert.
On our way back to the lodge/ hotel, we will always have the possibility to see the famous Welwitchia Mirabilis and stop for photos.
Today we will have a rich and relaxed breakfast before we leave for the city of Tômbwa to discover the fishermens life.
There we will have our lunch to get prepared for the dunes of Namibe, where we will have our dune safari and spend the afternoon.
Back at the lodge/ hotel, we will have dinner and let the evening come to an end.
Today we will have a real beach day to chill out. After the breakfast we will head to the Baia das Pipas. On request, we can also organize a boat trip if desired.
For lunch, we will have freshly caught fish directly at the beach.
In the late afternoon we will return to the lodge/hotel.
We will have a relaxed start in the day. After breakfast we will leave to visit the monuments in the city of Moçamedes.
Afterwards we will see the freshwater oasis in Namibe called Arco, which is named after its two sandstone arches, as well as the red canyons.
Later we will spend a litte time at the Flamingo Beach before we will discover a litte more the area. On our way, once again, we will see some of the very old and famouse Welwitchias.
First we go back to the lodge/hotel before we will leave again for dinner.
We will wake up very early today, check out from the lodge/ hotel and visit Bibala. A small village with thermal springs. There we will get to know the inhabitants, who belong mainly to the tribe of the Mukipungo.
After our lunch, we will head over to Lubango where we will spend the night.
After breakfast we will chek out the lodge/ hotel.
Today we will visit the Bicuar National Park. The area of sandy hills and shrub thicket characte is the home of herds of common antelopes, elephants, and other large mammals.
We will have a late lunch, before we will go to the airport to take back our flight to Luanda where our advanture will end after 12 days.
All transfers and transport , fuel, drivers, food for drivers and guides, accommodation for drivers und guides
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
Upon availability, Spanish or German tours can also be offered
Drinks (at hotels, restaurant, etc.) water at meals is included
Tips (for waiters, hotel staff, etc.)
Extras at hotels
Visa costs and application
Flights to and from Angola
And all other things which are not mentioned on the itinerary
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.