Land of culture and body decoration

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Trip Duration Days - 12 Days

Land of culture and body decoration

Price Starts from € 4200

The good traveler is usually fascinated by places that give off a new aroma and flavor. Angola has that, it's a big, huge country ... unknown to the rest of the world, but that will change shortly. It is necessary to go now that it is in effervescence of change to taste the inheritance of a brutal civil war, absurd and too long, and of the colonial past, still very present among mulattos, blacks and toasted whites. The weight of history is there and marks the present and we do not know to what extent the future, but its nature is recovering and the tribal cattle peoples of the south continue to resist changing times in their own way. Angola is a country that is reinventing itself, it is fascinating and mysterious and worth exploring with a good local guide that we are still forming.
1-12 July

Duration: 12 days / 11 nights.

The price includes:
-International flight
-All transfers
- Domestic flight Luanda-Lubango-Luanda
-Spanish anthropologist guide specialized in animist tribes
-4x4 vehicle with gasoline (minibus in Luanda)
-Accommodation in hotels and tents
-Visits and excursions

Price does not include:
-Visado (you can pre-visa online)
-Meals not specified
-Sleeping bag
-Photography in towns

Individual supplement: € 480

Information of interest:

-Visado: You can pre-visa online and pay upon arrival: 120 US Dollars or the equivalent in Euros.

-The yellow fever vaccine is mandatory and malaria prophylaxis is recommended.

-Climate: dry season from April to October and rainy from December to May.

-Time difference: GMT +1

-Currency: Bring euros and exchange them for Kwanzas (Angolan currency) at the airport or hotel.

-Personal equipment: flexible bag (not rigid suitcase), small backpack for excursions, cotton clothes, flashlight, repellent, binoculars (wildlife), hat, sunglasses, mosquito repellent, small personal first aid kit, swimsuit, sweatshirt (coat for cold nights in plateau and desert), covered footwear for walks and flip flops and shower towel.
Flight to Luanda. Arrival to Luanda. A trustworthy person will come to look for us at the airport. We will spend the night at the Hotel Ilha Mar or similar. AD

Breakfast. Visit of the capital of Angola with its architectural heritage, its promenade and the new buildings of the oil era. First contact with the Angolan society, obsessed with progress and the desire to leave behind the 30 years of civil war (1975-2005). Breakfast at the hotel and talk with the guide of the day's activities. Internal flight that will take us to Lubango, capital of Huíla and the most important city in southern Angola. The guide will come to find us at the airport. Transfer to the Vanjul Lodge Hotel. MP (dinner included)

Breakfast and route to the little visited region of the Gambos, inhabited by two ethnic groups, the gambue or gambo and the khoisan, also known as Bushmen. This last town is the oldest in Africa and they speak a language based on cliks. We will greet Chief Gambue, Serrao and explore with him the villages and beautiful landscapes of the region. After the visit, we will continue to the colonial town of Chibia, formerly Joao de Almeida, where we will eat and visit its streets stopped in time ... in the afternoon we will return to Lubango to spend the night. Hotel Vanjul Lodge. MP (picnic lunch).

Breakfast and route to the territory of the Mumuila or Muila ethnic group. We will visit the tribal market where the muilas come and some fairy women, a neighboring tribe that is distinguished by white and green beaded necklaces. Their headdresses, immense necklaces and their bearing make muila women unique. Picnic and afternoon visit of muila villages to get to know this culture that preserves its traditions closely despite living in a highly developed area and where Portuguese settlers (mostly from Madeira) settled in the late S-XIX. The muila belong to the Nyaneca trunk and are animists dedicated to livestock and subsistence farming. Muila women smear their hair with a paste (oncula) obtained with fat, stone, crushed red, vegetable bark and manure. They decorate it with cowrie shells and beads. Its large necklaces vary in color and material according to age and marital status. Thanks to the fact that they sleep supporting the neck on wooden headrests like the ancient Egyptians and some cattle tribes of the Rift Valley, the hairstyles and necklaces are not damaged. Afternoon return to Lubango. Hotel Vanjul Lodge. MP (lunch included)

Breakfast and route to the Namibian border. Our goal in Oncocua, a small town founded by the Portuguese at the beginning of the S-XX and that will serve as a logistics base to meet 2 fascinating ethnic groups; The hacaonas and the tuas. While the former belong to the Bantu Herero trunk like the Himba and the Cubal, the latter are considered koishanidos, that is of Bushman origin, but due to their proximity to the Himba (the richest livestock town in southern Angola) they have adopted customs as the dress and there have been marriages between himba men and tua women. In spite of these cultural influences and the mixture of races, the mutual societies are still a town without cattle and that lives from the collection of honey, products of the forest and making cures to the cattle towns of the region. They are one of the great strangers of the Angolan tribal landscape and we will spend time with them to know their social and cultural reality. With a local guide we will visit a mutual village and spend the night with them. We can accompany you in your daily activities and then continue to a Hakaona village. The hacaona speak a language similar to himba-herero but they decorate their hair differently (they use charcoal mixed with cow fat and sap from a local tree with which they also anoint the body). Another custom they retain is the extraction of the lower incisors and the upper ones are filed as a sign of feminine beauty. Night in stores. PC

Breakfast and exploration of the border region between Angola and Namibia. We will reach the Cunene River and cross to the other side to admire the beautiful wild landscape of this wild African region. Visit himba villages and live with these last Bantu nomads. Night in stores. PC

Breakfast and after saying goodbye to our hosts we will continue to the territory of the mudimba, Christianized Bantu people but whose women retain the typical hairstyles that have an air of Melanesian headdresses. We will spend some time with the mudimba to know aspects of their daily life as well as their music since they are reputed to be great lovers of religious songs and dances. We will continue along a track to Otchinjau, the Portuguese agricultural center where the remains of the war are seen in the old houses. The local Otchinjau market brings together many ethnic groups from southern Angola. Another local ethnicity is the mugambue. Only women over 50 retain traditional hairstyles and necklaces. Here missionary activity has transformed tribal customs. After lunch we will continue to Cahama (asphalt) and from there to Lubango. Hotel Vanjul Lodge. MP (lunch)

Breakfast and route to Namibe, main port of southern Angola and interesting colonial center. Stop at the settlement of Caraculo, curious project of the dictatorship of Salazar to populate the desert (1947) and the oasis of Giraul to meet the community of Ilha Mungongo (beautiful views). When we arrive in Namibe we will take the opportunity to visit on foot the city, its historic center, and the promenade. Hotel Infotour. MP (picnic lunch).

Breakfast and exploration of the desert, its fragile and unknown ecosystems and the human culture that has developed in the various oases that dot Iona. We will pass through the oases of Curoca and Arco before having lunch in Tombwa, a colonial port with shipyards still active. After the visit, route to Namibe. Hotel Infotour. MP (picnic lunch).

Breakfast and route to the dry and rocky area of ??Garganta where we will meet the Nguendelengo tribe. It is a minority group dedicated to goat grazing and hunting. Highlights the beautiful hairstyle based on bulky bows of some tribal women and the elevated architecture of barns housing. Night in stores. PC

Breakfast and transfer to Hotel Vanjul to take a shower. After the shower we will have lunch near Tunda Vala (views) and at the planned time we will go to the Lubango airport. Flight to Luanda. A minibus will be waiting for us at the Luanda airport to go directly to the hotel.
Hotel Ilha Mar or similar. AD

Breakfast and visit of Mirador de la Luna. Stop at the artisan market back, near the museum of slavery (usually closed). After lunch in the neighborhood of Ilha we will travel to Santiago Beach where we can admire dozens of abandoned boats. It is a show of great aesthetic strength that is worth witnessing before nightfall. After the visit I return to Luanda to catch the plane. AD



Angola Visa
A valid passport and a visa are required for travel to Angola. Applications for visas can be made online (pre-visa) or in advance in the travelers’ home country. Last Places assists all travelers that need any type of help applying for the online visa or at the embassy. We recommend that passports be valid for six months from date of arrival.

Vaccines and Travel Health
A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is essential for entry to Angola. Malaria is prevalent in the country. It is wise to take Malaria prophylaxis when travelling through Angola. Water supply is unsafe to drink, visitors should drink bottle water. Visitors should also avoid eating unpeeled, unwashed fruit and vegetables. The milk in Angola is unpasteurized and should be boiled; alternatively use tinned milk reconstituted with bottle water.

Security in Angola
Angola is a safe country in general terms. Land mines have been removed from most of the country except in some remote regions of Cuando Cuvango where Last Places does not normally travel to. We recommend to be aware of pick pocketing in crowded streets of Luanda and not to walk around city centre too late in the night if you are not accompanied by a local guide or group of local friends that are familiar with the streets of Luanda. It is strongly recommended not to drive during the night in the countryside because of the potential risk of your car hitting a wild or domestic animal.

When to go to Angola
Travelers can visit Angola all year around. Last Places Angola offers trips to Angola all year around. Said this, dry season –from June till November- allows the traveller visit all tribal areas while whet season – from December till May- may limit the visit to certain region such as Oncocua. Southwest Angola, where most of the tourism attractions are concentrated, enjoys mild weather during most of the year with daylight temperatures of 24-30 ? that can come down to 10 ? during the night and early hours.

Currency in Angola                                                                                           
The unit of currency is the Kwanza (AOA). Visitors should bring enough cash for their needs. Money can be exchanged at the airport or at the bank. Euros and newly issued US dollars are changed without any problem. Credit cards are only accepted in larger hotels, and cash withdrawals are not possible. Few ATMs in Luanda accept foreign cards.

Time in Angola
GMT +1

Electricity in Angola
Electrical current in Angola is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round pin attachment plugs are in use.

Communications in Angola
The international dialing code for Angola is +244. There are many more mobile telephones than fixed lines and the mobile coverage around Luanda and other main centers is much more reliable than fixed lines. Internet access is available at most major hotels.

Language in Angola
The official language of Angola is Portuguese. About 60 other African languages are spoken. Some French and Spanish is also spoken.

Prohibitions in Angola
Do not take photographs of government buildings, or use binoculars near them, as this could lead to arrest.