Southern Angola

Angola is stocked with amazing natural and historical treasures. One of these is the ghostlike island of Baia dos Tigres … the largest island along the Angolan coast. It was once connected to the mainland, but the ocean is slowly claiming it back making it only reachable by boat. It has an eerie, phantom like look when you approach it. Few people have visited the island since it became deserted in the 1960’s as you need to negotiate the notorious Death Acre … need we say more! During this expedition you will negotiate the Death Acre and be one of only a few people to visit Baia dos Tigres.

Angola will continue to amaze you with surprises like awesome rock formations, picturesque landscapes, wide open beaches, unique flora and many untouched places.

Itinerary

Pre-departure

RUACANA- NAMIBIA

17:00 Meet your tour leader and fellow travellers at Eha Lodge. There will be a briefing  of what to expect the next couple of days , followed by dinner. (dinner included in tour costs)

O/N Eha Lodge (room or camping cost not included in the tour package)

DAY 1:

BORDER CROSSING

Early departure for border post formalities at Ruacana.  Enter the Cunene Province of Angola through the Calueque border post. From Calueque we head in a western direction toward Oncucua.  The road is bad and driving will be slow.  This will allow time to take in the beauty of the area, which reminds you of Namibia’s Kaokoland. Depending on our progress we will make a bush camp en route.

O/N bush camp (dinner)

DAY 2:

IONA NATIONAL PARK

We head for the Iona National Park.  It covers about 15,200 km², the largest in the country. Before the independence of Angola and the Angolan Civil War, Iona was an "animal paradise, rich in big game".  However, as is true for most Angolan national parks, illegal poaching and the destruction of infrastructure have caused considerable damage to the once rich park. The park is also known for unique flora and incredible rock formations.

DAY 3:

FOZ DU CUNENE

An amazing picture awaits you where the mighty Cunene meets the Atlantic Ocean. In the lagoon you will find rich birdlife and across the river on the other side a picture of yellow Namib sand that ends on the banks of the river.

Time for fishing or just to admire the area

O/N Foz do Cunene – camping (breakfast; dinner)

DAY 4:

BAIA DOS TIGRES

Today we negotiate 90 kms of the Death Acre to Baia dos Tigres where we set-up camp.  The Death Acre is a technical stretch of beach that must be driven during low tide.  It is important to have an experienced guide with you to navigate you safe passage through hidden rocks and muddy pools. It is an amazing stretch of beach and only one of two in the world where the dunes run perpendicularly into the sea.  Wow, this is what off road driving are all about … timing, adrenalin and adventure. We set up camp behind the dunes.

If the tide is not favourable for beach driving, an alternative route via the beautiful dunes will be taken.

 


O/N The Death Acre (Doodsakker) – camping (breakfast; dinner)

DAY 5:

SÃO MARTINHO DOS TIGRES

The group will board a boat for a visit to São Martinho dos Tigres an island about 10 kms from the coast.  It is an amazing sight that evolves before you as you get closer to the island … first you see the steeple of the church and then other buildings becomes clearer.  The town on the island started to expand in the 1950 when water was pumped to the island from Foz do Cunene.  At one time 1 500 people lived on the island, but in 1962 the water pipeline was destroyed by a storm.  The town became a ghost town overnight.

As we had back to the main land you will recognise the black stipes on the yellow dunes (like the stripes of a tiger), which gave the bay its name.  Around the campfire we can just speculate on what would have happened to São Martinho dos Tigres if the water supply was not cut off.

O/N Camping (breakfast; dinner)

DAY 6:

VANESSA SEAFOOD-FLAMINGO

Early morning start the adventures that takes us to Flamingo lodge, situated in a scenic setting on the beach near the mouth of the Dos Flamingo River. On the way to Tombua we pass the wreck of the Vanessa Seafood that ran ashore on its maiden voyage

O/N Camping (breakfast; dinner)

DAY 7:

FLAMINGO- NAMIBE

Today is either at leisure or for sightseeing. We drive towards Namibe a coastal town formerly known as

Mocâmedes.  The city was officially found in 1840 by the Portuguese colonial administration on a bay that the

Portuguese originally called Angra do Negro.

You will also have the opportunity to stock up on supplies as we will visit a large local market.

O/N Camping (breakfast; dinner)

DAY 8:

FLAMINGO

Today we will explore the surrounding area or the fisherman can test the waters of this fishing paradise.  There will be time to dip your line in the waters of the cold Benguela current. Today will be used to explore the nearby canyon.  The orange-like, pinkish and yellow colours of the canyon walls are beautiful.

O/N Camping (breakfast; dinner)

DAY 9:

FENDAS DA TUNDAVALA

Depart from Flamingo to Lubango.  Approach Lubango via the spectacular Leba Pass.  The road spirals like a snake with 12 hairpin bends from  sea level to 1845 meters.  The pass was designed by a Portuguese lady who died on the day the construction of the road was completed. Humpata is 20 kms from Lubango.  It has a strong South African connection as it was here where the Thirstland Trekkers settled in 1881. The Monumento do Christo Rei keeps a watchful eye over the city of Lubango.  The white marble statue is 30 meters high and situated on a hill near the city.  The statue is a smaller version of the one in Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon.

O/N Camping (breakfast; dinner)

DAY 10:

BORDER CROSSING-RUACANA

Enjoy the impressive scenery from the look-out point at the Fendas da Tundavala.  The 1200m down to the floor

of the valley is a vertiginous sight. During the Civil War the MPLA executed traitors and prisoners on these high

cliffs and then dumped the bodies in these cracks. From there we will cross the border back into Namibia at the

Calueque border post.(breakfast)

End of tour