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Immerse yourself in Angola’s magic

Angola is one of the largest countries in Africa, but also one of the most unknown. During the Grand Angola Tour you will get acquainted with the vibrant life in the capital Luanda. This city is known as one of the most expensive cities in Africa. By train we will head inland towards the amazing Kalandula Falls. On top of that, we’ll meet the local tribes of the south of Angola. And did you think this was all? No, no! Carnival time and this is big in Angola. We’ll catch most of the festivities.

General info

Start dateMonday 28 February 2022
End dateSaturday 5 March 2022 (A)
Friday 11 March 2022 (B)
Days7 days (A) / 11 days (B)
Price€ 2,095 (A) / € 3,995 (B)
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Breakfast, snacks, dinner
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 70 per night)
Insurance
Visa
Lunch
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
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Itinerary

Monday 28 February – Luanda

  • Arrival in Luanda, airport pick-up, after which we will immediately exchange money.
  • Meet your other travel companions before the trip.
  • Fortaleza de Sao Miguel (army museum), including the famous North Korean-style propaganda drawings at the entrance.
  • Iron Palace, a famous and mysterious building about which many stories are told. Rumour has it that it was designed by Gustav Eiffel.
  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, an old colonial church built on 4 de Fevereiro Avenue.
  • Drive to the famous Moon Viewpoint for views of the beautiful scenery.
  • Visit the Slavery Museum and the souvenir market.
  • In the afternoon we visit Kilamba. Once this neighbourhood was known as a ghost town, but nowadays it is a lively neighbourhood of Luanda. Our guide lives there and will show us around.
  • Overnight stay in Luanda.

Tuesday 1 March – Luanda – CARNIVAL

  • Highlight: We go to Shipwreck Beach, a beach full of forgotten cargo ships from all over the world.
  • Kifangondo Battle monument. Our guide will explain the importance of this place in the struggle for independence.
  • Highlight: Time to party! We may be in Africa, but Rio is not far away. Luanda is known all over Africa for the big carnival festivities and we will try to catch as many of them as possible.
  • We visit a wall along the highway with a lot of special street-art. Often it contains all kinds of social themes.
  • Overnight stay in Luanda.

Wednesday 2 March – Luanda – N’dalatando – Kalandula Falls

  • We leave early in the morning for Luanda train station. We will have breakfast on the train.
  • Highlight: We spend most of the day in the train (about 7 hours) to N’dalatando. On the way you will see a lot of rural life in Angola, where we will stop at different places.
  • After arriving in N’dalatando we take a short walk through the town, after which we drive on by car to the Kalandula Falls.
  • Campfire at the waterfall.
  • Overnight stay in our lodge.

Thursday 3 March – Kalandula Falls – Malanje

  • Highlight: We wake up with a view over the Kalandula Falls. One of the most famous places of Angola.
  • Short walk to the foot of the waterfalls, where we have a completely different view.
  • Drive to Malanje, where we take a walk through the city and get to know life here.
  • On the way we stop at a rural village to learn more about rural life in Angola.
  • We go back to our lodge, where you can swim in different baths, take a walk, or relax at the lodge.
  • If the owner is there, he will tell us more about life here during the civil war. There was a lot of fighting here during the war.
  • Overnight stay in our lodge.

Friday 4 March – Kalandula Falls – Luanda

  • We drive back to Luanda. On the way we stop at abandoned houses and buildings from the war of independence and civil war.
  • We visit the Pedras Negras do Pungo Andongo. A magical and mysterious place for Angolans. The black stones that lie here were at the base of the revolt against the Portuguese.
  • Long drive to Luanda by car.
  • Farewell dinner for group A.
  • Overnight stay in Luanda.

Saturday 5 March – Luanda – Lubango – Chibia

  • Drive to Cacuaco for a walk through a local fishing village.
  • Group A: airport drop off (depending on your departure time) and end of tour.
  • Group B continues, 12:00 p.m. flight to Lubango (arrival 1:30 p.m.).
  • Drive to Tundavala Gap, an incredible viewpoint on the edge of the Serra da Leba slope.
  • We drive on to Chibia.
  • Visit the local market, here you can meet many regional tribes, including one of the most famous ones: Mumhila. Here we take the time to take pictures of all the different tribes. Of course we organise this in a respectful way with the local people.
  • Visit to the famous Cristo Rei statue.
  • Overnight stay in Lubango.

Sunday 6 March – Lubango – Cunene Oncocua

  • At 4 o’clock in the morning we leave for further south, in the direction of the province of Cunene.
  • Highlight: In this region we are trying to meet different tribes, such as the Muhimba, Macahone, Vatwa and Mundimba.
  • In the afternoon we go back to Lubango.
  • Overnight stay in Lubango.

Monday 7 March – Lubango – Caraculo – Namibe

  • Drive in the direction of beautiful Namibe. A city situated on the Atlantic coast.
  • Highlight: On the way we stop at the Serra da Leba Pass. One of the most famous places in the country.
  • On the way we stop at the famous Mucubal tribe in Caraculo.
  • Highlight: After arriving in Namibe we take a walk through part of the centre with a lot of art-deco architecture.
  • We enjoy the view of the sea for a while.
  • Overnight stay in Namibe.

Tuesday 8 March – Namibe – Luanda

  • We go into the Namibe Desert for spectacular landscapes.
  • The pink sand dunes.
  • Arco Oase.
  • Red Canyon.
  • At 5:00 p.m. we catch our flight back to Luanda.
  • Overnight stay in Luanda.

Wednesday 9 March – Luanda – Cabinda (exclave)

  • In the morning: flight to the exclave of Cabinda.
  • Highlight: The rougher part of Angola. Cabinda is known as an area that wants to be independent from the rest of Angola. The area is rich in oil and is one of the richest parts of the country.
  • City tour through Cabinda, including. :
  • 1 May Park.
  • Church of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Central market. Here they sell the famous Cabinda Tree.
  • Monument to the Simulambuco Convention.
  • Drive to the border with DR Congo. Although we cannot cross the border, it is an interesting place to visit. The border is one of the most notorious border crossings in Africa.
  • Overnight stay in Cabinda.

Thursday 10 March – Cabinda

  • Departure towards Maiombe Forest Reserve, the largest rainforest in Angola. Along the way you will get acquainted with the local life in this exclave of Angola, a special and unique feature that not many tourists experience!
  • Short stop at the jungle village of Buco Zau.
  • We take a boat on a lake that’s not even on Google Maps.
  • Flight to Luanda.
  • Overnight stay in Luanda.

Friday 11 March – Luanda

  • Morning; end of tour.

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