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Pictures of our trip 2014 to Angola
- Part 1 from September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Ukraine – August 17 to 21, 2013 - Ilyichevsk Port - Odessa - Bilhorod Dnistrovsky - Moldova Border
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
The unusual 30th Travel Anniversary in Angola
    Angola Map
               Southern Africa Map


latest picture: October 4, 2014
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001  9/26/2014: After paying Kwanza
6336 (̴ US$ 65) for the road permit, we
enter our 181st country at the very quiet
border post of Omahenene/Calueque –
18 miles east of Ruacana. Emil adds the
Angola sticker to our country ribbon
002  Emil deflates the tires as we
will be driving for the next 50 miles
from Calueque to Xangongo on a
rough gravel road
003  Dry yellow grassland, Baobab
trees and termite mounds dominate the
landscape of our first miles in Angola
as before in Namibia
004  A couple of thatched huts where
the head of the family lives with his wives
and children. Mostly they are shielded
off by a wooden fence
005  Side by side: A leafless Baobab
and a tree in brilliant green in the sparse
landscape leading to Xangongo
006  Straw is stacked in conical
’hats’ in front of an indigenous hut.
It is used for reroofing
Between the border of Omahenene and Xangongo the Cunene River often runs close to the sandy road.
The fresh green is a blessing for our eyes after the bleak landscape
010  Liliana returns happily from
one of the lovely outlooks
over the Cunene River
011  We see no huts, but still these girls
spotted us. They happily pose for a
picture in front of the giant Baobab
(or are there two trees?)
012  The warm light of the setting sun
shimmers through a majestic Baobab tree
013  The Dr. Martin Lutero village school
in Shangalala, about 7 miles before
Xangongo, allows us to camp in its
compound. Some of its 300 studying
pupils from all over Angola gather
around our LandCruiser …..
014  ….. four girls aged between 15
and 18 years admire Liliana’s soft hair
and insist on combing it …..
015  ….. they banter with Emil
while their teacher is watching them
016  What is going through Emil’s
mind at our coffee break in the
Angolan savannah?
017  Despite that this Baobab is not as
impressive as its members of the same
species in Madagascar, it is still striking
018  On the Cunene River Bridge in
Xangongo, clapping, dancing and
singing women cross our path.
They are on their way to church
019  Everywhere it is shining purple.
The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom
when we arrive in Lubango, the
second largest town in Angola
020  The main square of Lubango,
Jardim Central, is lined by lovely buildings
and shady trees. The statue on the right is
in honor of António Agostinho Neto, the
first president of Angola (1975-1979)
021  Bird’s eye view from Lubango:
The city nestles in a cool central valley
on 6’000 ft. and counts approx. 200’000
people (agglomeration up to 1m). It
emerged relatively unscathed from the
40 years of civil war
022  Pilgrim to the Jesus statue “Cristo Rei”
in Lubango. The monument is also
the background for weddings etc. …..
023  ….. the statue of Cristo Rei
(46 ft. tall) – a ‘mini version’ of
Rio de Janeiro’s “Christ the
Redeemer” (98 ft. tall) – spreads
its arms over the city of Lubango …..
024  ….. another pilgrim
at the Cristo Rei statue
025  The Tundavala Gap, a natural wonder
11 miles northwest of Lubango on 7’350 ft.
altitude. The Bié Plateau drops here about
4’000 ft. down to the plain west of Namibe
026  A rainbow agama (Agama agama)
basks in the sun on a rock
at the Tundavala Gap
027  On our way to the Tundavala Gap,
we pass a spot with weird shaped rocks;
some of them are on top of each other
028  Pickers are at work at the straw-
berry farm “Fazenda Jamba” in Lubango –
situated along the road to Namibe on an
altitude of about 6’400 ft., just before
reaching the village of Humpata
029  “Dorsland Trekkers” Cemetery from
the early Boer settlers from the 18th century
on the territory of the strawberry farm
Jamba in Lubango. There are about
20 barrel-shaped graves
030  A remembrance picture with the
pickers of the strawberry farm “Jamba”
in Lubango. Yudo Borges, the owner,
employs 60 women
031  Yudo, the owner of the strawberry
farm “Jamba” in Lubango, gives us a
bowl of fresh sweet strawberries
032  Packing room: The lion’s share,
approx. 600 boxes in 60 crates, is
transported three times weekly in a night
shift nearly 600 miles to the morning
market of the capital Luanda. Faulty
ones are processed into yoghurt and
marmalade, the rest given away
033  Hanspeter – a Swiss – producing
yoghurts in Lubango (and probably also
soon cheese), invites us to an Angolan
N’gola beer at the Chela Hotel. Present
are also his wife Magda (in the red top)
and three of his totally 20 workers
034  Our lovely camping spot under a fig
tree at the strawberry farm “Fazenda Jamba”
in Lubango about 2 miles before Humpata
on the way to Namibe (camping spot can
be used free by anyone who is completely
self-contained: Coordinates Google Earth
15º00'28.40 S - 13º24'26.50 E)
035  What do the fresh cuts on this
fig tree  (Ficus carica) mean? Locals
collect the sticky resin to catch birds
because they get caught on it
036  Liliana is enjoying her morning
coffee at our campsite at the strawberry
farm in Lubango/Humpata
037  Liliana poses for a picture at the
viewpoint overlooking the switch backs
of the “Serra da Leba” Pass. It leads
from 6’550 ft. to the plain of Namibe and
was built in the 1970’s by the Portuguese
038  The Leba Pass switchbacks
pass past dramatic vertical cliffs that
shimmer in different colors
039  At the bottom of the Leba Pass
a row of stalls sell oranges
040  The good tarmac road is twisting
down from the Leba Pass towards the
Atlantic coast. The mist that dominates
the whole western coastal strip from Cape
Town in South Africa nearly up to Luanda,
announces itself already from far. It’s
formed by the cold Benguela current
originating in the Antarctic region
041  A beautiful boulder with sprouting
plants and trees out of cracks is our late
lunch break offside the main road to
Namibe (a bit west of Caraculo) …..
042  ….. it is the pristine beauty
of nature that attracts us also here
Early morning at the seashore near the fish market in Namibe: Women sort out the night’s catch.
Their small children are always with them, be it sitting on their lap or wrapped to their back
046  The fish market in Namibe is in
full swing in the early morning hours
047  This is typically Africa: A mother
in the coastal town of Namibe with a
baby strapped to her back
048  Boys are playing around joyfully in
the sand of Namibe Bay. In the back the
port of Namibe – the third largest port
of Angola after Luanda and Lobito
049  On the outskirts of Namibe towards
the south, we are astonished about the
modern streetlights, running on solar panels
050  A remnant of the Portuguese era: A
road sign to Porto Alexandre – today called
Tombua, 62 miles south of Namibe
051  A destroyed building along the road
from the 40 years of war. Was it a
checkpoint? Such partly smashed little
houses can be seen nearly everywhere
052  ‘Hoodias’ (Hoodia gordonii)
have spread in the flat sand desert south of
Namibe. Despite of looking like cacti they
belong to the family of ‘milkweeds’
053  View to the completely dry Arco
Lake, about 42 miles south of Namibe,
with Camilunga in the background. The
lake is formed by the Curoca River if
there’s enough water …..
054  ….. Emil is enjoying the vast view
055  Arco Lake is surrounded by
deep canyons and ditches, shining rocks
and a lovely eroded landscape
056  We are on a discovery tour around
the dried-out Arco Lake (Lago do Arco
do Carvalhão). The road – later a 4x4
track – leads finally towards Ruacana/
Namibia, and is an alternative to the
splendidly constructed ‘Transafrica
Highway No. 3’ for off-road enthusiasts
057  No pollution, no traffic noise:
Modest huts at Arco Lake
2 miles south of the widened main track to the dried-out Arco Lake we discover another smaller access. A sandy track is twisting
downhill through a narrow canyon. The sight at the bottom is magnificent: Gorges, pillars, towers and arches, shaped from sandstone.
In between are simple huts with empty water jerry cans in front. All of them seem to be deserted –
possibly the region is only inhabited when water is in the lake
Not a sound is to be heard in this fascinating labyrinth of sandstone formations at Arco Lake. We feel like placed into another world
064  Beautiful buildings line the main road
of the coastal town of Namibe: In front the
provincial court, behind it the seat of the
government of the province of Namibe
065  The tree-lined Avenida Eduardo
Mondiane in the city center of Namibe
066  The “Paróquia de Santo Adrião”
in Namibe, built in the Portuguese
All smiles: The people of Angola meet us with genuine friendliness and bright smiles
070  The coastal road from Namibe to
Lucira is tarred and in a perfect condition.
It mostly leads through uninhabited land
what conveys a feeling of vastness.
Unfortunately it is in a very bad state due
to (discontinued) constructions between
Lucira and Dombe Grande before
071  ….. a quaint little kiosk along
the road that cannot be missed
072  A Bedouin camp along the road
from Namibe to Lucira. The shelter exists
of a simple wired tent frame, which they
cover with blankets. The frame remains
when they move on
Barren hilly land and green valleys dominate the landscape on the
coastal stretch Namibe-Lucira – here at Giraul de Cima
075  Liliana admires the ‘mini’ Baobabs
respectively ‘Elephant's Foot Plant’
(Pachypodium rosulatum) that we know
also from Madagascar (pic # 161)
076  The Welwitschia (Welwitschia
mirabilis) is growing in the desert and can
live up to 2'000 years. This strange plant
is only found in Angola and Namibia
077  This delicate flower grows in the
red soil at a bay between Namibe and
Lucira; presumably a ‘Dead man fingers’
plant (Dactylopsis digitata)
078  These citron melons or tsamma
melons (Citrullus lanatus) are both
food and drink to the animals
Continuation to the next Angola page: Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
The African trip 2013-15:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
The unusual 30th Travel Anniversary in Angola
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border and back again