Angola’s capital, Luanda (on the country’s Atlantic coast) is blessed with beautiful beaches, colonial ruins, historic monuments, museums, and a wide range of things to do and places to explore.
Day 01: Luanda – Lubango.
Early morning arrival Luanda. Flight to Lubango and transfer to our hotel for overnight.
Day 02: Lubango
Sightseeing in Lubango, the main city in southern Angola. Set in a lush valley guarded by a statue of Christ, Lubango is rich in colonial heritage mixed with the vibrancy of local culture.
The sightseeing tour includes the palace of government, the cathedral of Sé and the church of Huíla mission built in 1880.
Day 03: Lubango – Kimbo – Huila Waterfalls
We drive about 30 km to the village of Kimbo where we visit the local community of Mwila tribe.
The Mwila people are a cluster of semi-nomadic ethnic group living on the Huila Plateau. Women coat their hair with a red paste called oncula, which is made of crushed red stone. They also put a mix of oil, crushed tree bark, dried cow dung and herbs on their hair. On top of this they decorate their hair with beads, cowrie shells and even dried food. After the visit we continue to Huila waterfalls. Free time to relax and take a swim. Back to Lubango and hotel overnight.
Day 04: Lubango –Sierra da Leba – Mangueiras – Namibe
A long day driving across Serra da Leba mountain range and pass to Namibe. The road is called Estrada Nacional 280 (EN280). The drive is definitely worth it. Legend has it that the Serra da Leba pass is named after a Portuguese woman who designed and built the road, who died after she viewed it on the very day the project was finished. Being one of the country’s postcard images for decades, the road is a marvel of engineering given the era of its construction. Hotel overnight.
Day 05: Namibe Desert and Lagoa do Arco.
After breakfast we head to Namibe desert, which stretches for more than 2,000 kilometres along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. Namibes sand dunes, some of which are 300 metres high and span 32 kilometres long, are the second largest in the world after the Badain Jaran Desert dunes in China. Namibe is a home of some endemic plants like Welwitschia Mirabilis, named after Friedrich Welwitsch who “discovered” the plant in 1859. Some of the specimen are estimated to be between 1000 and 1500 years old.
We visit Lagoa do Arco, which is a beautiful inland lake that appears in the middle of nowhere, fed by the waters of rio Curoca. Arco is a hidden treasure located within a canyon on the banks of this freshwater oasis, magnificent sandstone rock formations form the backdrop for lush aquatic vegetation, water lilies and a diversity of birds. Back to Namibe. Hotel.
Day 06: Namibe – Luanda
Free time to explore the city visiting the highest point of Namibe Farol (the light house) before we catch the flight back to Luanda. Transfer and hotel overnight.
Day 07: Luanda
The oil boom has made Luanda one of the most expensive cities on the planet. The centre is divided into three distinct sections – Baixa de Luanda (lower Luanda) from the port to the fortress, Cidade Alta, the upper part of the city, home to the presidential palace, and Ilha do Cabo, a peninsula surrounding the bay with beaches, nightclubs and restaurants.
Upon arrival in Luanda, it is impossible to miss the towering obelisk-like structure shooting above the rest of the city, a mausoleum dedicated to Augustinho Neto, the first President of Angola. Other sites worth visiting include the Fortaleza de Sao Miguel, a 16th century building built during the earliest period of colonial rule and a self contained city for the military garrison, as well as a holding point for slaves – the highlight here are the ornate hand painted wall tiles. The National Museum of Anthropology is home to an impressive array of traditional masks and other artefacts, while the 15th century Igreja Nossa Senhora do Populo is the first Anglican church in Angola, built in 1482. Hotel in Luanda.
Day 08: Luanda – Kalandula Falls
Early start of the day as we have to reach the falls before sunset. The trip will take about seven hours. We stop for lunch and visit to the Botanical Garden (Rosas de Porcelana) in Ndalatando.
The Kalandula Falls lie in the course of the Lucala River and are one of the highest in Africa with a drop of 105 m. Although the waterfalls outside Angola are not yet well known, they are among the most impressive natural wonders of Angola. We spend the night in the town of Melanje, about 1.5 hour drive from the waterfalls
Day 09: Kalandula Falls -Pedras Negras- Luanda. Departure
We visit the falls from the other side and then continue to the impressive rock formation of Pedras Negras before driving back to Luanda to catch our evening flight home.
– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 08 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Local English-speaking guide
– Domestic flight Luanda-Lubango/Namibe-Luanda
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Entrance fees to monuments as per mentioned in the program.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.
– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.