Colonial Heritage, tribes and landscapes

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08 Nights / 09 Days

Angola is a new country after the civil war (1975-2005) that ravaged the country. Open to tourism since 2008 Angola offers some of Africa’s most spectacular tribal groups, stunning natural landscapes, and a rich colonial heritage dating from the Portuguese era. Angola is still virgin, unique and in this tour we combine ethnography and nature so that the traveler understands this different Africa.

Day 01: Arrive Luanda
Arrival in Luanda. A guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you the hotel. Depending on arrival time can start city tour or wait for the next day. Accommodation in: Hotel.

Day 02: Luanda – Lubango
After breakfast begin exploring the key sights of the city, with interesting old colonial buildings, such as Nosa Senhora de Nazaré baroque church, Anthropology Museum, Ferro Palace (19th Century) and Fortaleza de Sao Miguel (Portuguese fortress). After lunch, transfer to the airport for TAAG domestic flight to Lubango. 1h30 flight. Meet guide and transfer to hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 03: Lubango – Chibia – Lubango
Breakfast. Day focused in Huila Plateau, its history and anthropological reality. Visit Muila tribal area. Muila where the first Bantu tribe to reach the Plateau. Meet local chief (soba) and its wives (they are polygamous) with traditional hairstyle showing social status and tribal affiliation. In rural markets it is possible to meet richly decorated Muila women. After the visit we will drive to Chibia colonial town, good example of Portuguese 19th Century settlement and have lunch. Afternoon walk around the town and return to Lubango for the night. Casper Lodge.

Day 04: Lubango – Dimba – Cahama – Lubango
Breakfast and drive south towards the Namibia border to meet the Herero speaking people. Reach Dimba territory and visit a traditional village. Check the traditional hairstyles of the women in the area and discover their way of life based in cattle pastoralism, hunting and subsistence agriculture. We will spend half a day with the Dimba people and continue to Lubango. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 05: Lubango – Leba Chain – Caraculo – Giraul – Namibe
Breakfast and descent towards Iona Desert. Drive down along the famous Serra de Leba pass towards the Atlantic Coast and the city of Namibe. On the way stop at Caraculo farming project, designed by Salazar’s military regime in 1947 to colonize the Angolan desert…it did not succeed. Today Caraculo is a semi-phantom town with interesting crumbling afro-Portuguese buildings. Pic-nic lunch in Caraculo. Before reaching Namibe city we will make a short visit to Giraul Oasis. Arrival in Namibe and overnight in the Hotel.

Day 06: Nambie
Breakfast and day to explore this historical city of the Atlantic coast of Angola. Founded in the late 17th century, Namibe grew as commercial port with direct trade with Brazil. Walking tour around the colonial city center, the fishing port, and stop in the many Art Deco constructions spread all around the city. Overnight in the Hotel.

Day 07: Namibe – Curoca – Arco – Tombwa – Namibe
Early breakfast and drive into the desert. Visit the beautiful oasis of Curoca and Arco, with amazing rock formations. Continue to Tombwa, former Alexander Port, after a British explorer that discovered the place. Lunch and walking visit around the port. Return to Namibe for the night in the hotel.

Day 08: Namibe – Garganta– Bibala – Lubango – Tunda Vala – Luanda
Breakfast. Drive to Leba Mountains. Stop in Garganta hamlet to meet our last tribe, the Nguendelengo, with interesting wooden storage constructions and some of the younger women showing a beautiful hairdo, characteristic of this ethnic minority (numbering just a 3.000 individuals). After the visit, continue to Bibala colonial town where will have lunch. Reach Lubango and visit Tunda Vala panoramic views. Transfer to the airport for a late afternoon flight to Luanda. Accommodation in the hotel

Day 09: Luanda – Miradouro – Santiago – Luanda
Breakfast. Drive to Miradouro da Lua (Clift). From there we go to Slave Museum and artisan fair. Visit to Santiago Beach’s ship cemetery. Continue to the airport for evening flight back home.

City Night (s) Hotel / Camp
Luanda 01 Talatona Convention Hotel
Lubango 03 Casper Resort
Namibe 03 Infotur Namibe
Luanda 01 Talatona Convention Hotel

– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 08 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Local English-speaking guide
– 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.

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