Angola: Southwestern Tribes and Tchokwe Territory

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Trip Duration Days - 18 Days

Angola: Southwestern Tribes and Tchokwe Territory

Price Starts from € 3750

Trip focused in the ethnic diversity of Southwest Angola. We will meet different tribes and we will spend quality time with them by sleeping in tented camps near their villages. During the itinerary we will also explore the colonial legacy of Portugal that stayed in Angola from 1575 till 1975. At the end of the trip we will take a flight to Dundo, diamond territory and land of the Chokwe people, are area yet to be discovered by international tourism.
Date: 16 September 2021 - 3 October 2021

Duration: 18 days - 16 nights

Guide: Aníbal Bueno, ethno-photographer, expert in Angolan tribes.  

The price includes:
International flights with air taxes
- Domestic flights
- All transfers
- Transportation in minibus vehicles
- Specialist guide
- Local guide to tribal areas
- Meal regime according to itinerary. AD = Accommodation with Breakfast, MP = Half Board, PC = Full Board
- 2 bottles of mineral water of 1.5 liters per day, per person
- Accommodation according to itinerary
- Camping equipment (except the sleeping bag)
- Cook during the camping days
- Tickets to the places detailed in the itinerary (museums, natural parks, towns, etc.)
- Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
- Payments for taking pictures in the tribes
- Basic travel insurance (does not include cancellation). The insurance company offers extensions to the basic insurance included that cover cancellation. Check price and conditions.

Price does not include:
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Drinks at meals
- Visa and management
- Tips
- Cancellation insurance
- Any service not indicated in the section includes
Day 1 (Thursday 16 September): NIGHT FLIGHT TO LUANDA
Arrival. Visa processing at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon tour of Baixa (colonial neighborhood). Hotel Ilha Mar or similar. BB
Breakfast. Day to explore Luanda. Very varied and interesting architecture. Hotel Ilha Mar or similar. BB
Day 4: LUANDA - LUBANGO (domestic flight 1h)
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for domestic flights. Flight to Lubango (1h). Arrival in the south of the country. Transfer to the Vanjul Lodge hotel. HB (dinner)
Breakfast historic route through the Huila Plateau. We will visit the Catholic mission of Huila to see how colonization developed in southern Angolan. After the visit we will go to the Plain Muila tribal area. The region is in the process of change. October is the time of ceremonies and we will ask if there are any ‘fic’ (ceremony) nearby. Walk through the towns of the area and night near a town. Night in tents. FB
Breakfast and last photos in this still unspoiled natural area. Farewell to our hosts and route to the colonial city of Chibia. Urban tour and afternoon visit of the Mukuma market. We will spend the night at Vanjul Lodge. HB (lunch)
Breakfast. Route to the desert lands of Namibe. Beautiful landscapes and small oases full of magic. We will stop in Giraul to meet the local community. We will arrive in the afternoon to Namibe, a port city stopped in time with beautiful samples of Art Deco architecture. Diversi Lodge Hotel. HB (lunch)
Breakfast. Urban exploration day. Colonial cinemas, promenade, yacht club, municipal market, civil servants' neighborhood, etc. Diversi Lodge Hotel. BB
Breakfast. Route through the desert to discover ethnic groups and landscapes. Visit of the colonial city of Tombwa and its cemetery. Return to Namibe in the afternoon. Diversi Lodge Hotel. BB
Day 10: NAMIBE - GARGANTA (3h)
Breakfast. Route to the Garganta forest region. Visit of the Nguendelengo tribe (famous for its ‘geisha’ style headdresses) beautiful landscapes of Angolan forest. Night in tents. FB
Breakfast. Farewell to our hosts, last photos and route to Bibala, a colonial city. Lunch and route to Lubango. Visit to the sights of Tunda Vala and night at Vanjul Lodge. BB
Day 12: LUBANGO - HOQUE - LUANDA (domestic flight 1h)
Breakfast. Visit the ethnographic museum of Lubango. After the visit, we will continue to the great Hoque market. There we will be able to see the last 'traditional' tribe of the trip, the Handa (only the older women wear traditional clothes and wear the characteristic white necklaces of their tribal group. Lunch at the market. Afternoon / night flight to Luanda. Hotel Ilha Mar. BB
Day 13: LUANDA - DUNDO (domestic flight 1h30)
Breakfast and transfer to the airport. Flight to Dundo, a mining town on the border with the DR of Congo. The region is inhabited by the Chokwe ethnic group, famous for their mask dances. We will visit a traditional village, greet the Chokwe monarch and look to organize a traditional dance. Hotel IU or similar. BB
Day 14: DUNDO
Breakfast and visit of the Dundo Museum where beautiful samples of Chokwe art are exhibited. We will look to visit one of the diamond mines. The war and the new mining economy mark the social and economic rhythm of Lunda Norte but the cultural essence is still alive… Hotel IU or similar. BB
Breakfast and return by domestic flight to Luanda. Afternoon visits around the city. Hotel Ilha Mar. BB
Breakfast and visit of the slavery museum (nearby there is an extensive artisan market with objects from Angola and Congo). Lunch and in the afternoon visit to the beach of Santiago to see the ship cemetery. Hotel Ilha Mar. BB
Breakfast. Last visits (Sao Paulo market, Miramar neighborhood, port etc.) and afternoon flight home.
Day 18 (Sunday 3 October): ARRIVAL HOME


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.