Avante! And so shall you. Welcome to our tour of Angola! This pearl of Africa
has been closed off to tourism for years and has been infamous as an incredibly
expensive destination. But YPT is here to the rescue.
Angola’s visa policy has changed drastically and we managed to make a tour in
sync with the true YPT spirit!
start the tour in the capital Luanda. This city of 2.5 million has had its fair
share of turbulent history during the Portuguese colonial times and afterwards
with José Eduardo dos Santos. You’ll see the military museum, including its DPRK-like
propaganda, and the famous Iron Palace.
Luanda you’ll be one of the first foreigners on the train towards N’dalatando
in the middle of the country. Close to here, you can find one of the most
famous landmarks of Angola: Kalandula Falls. You will experience the harsh life
people are living here and will be learning more about their mystical beliefs
but also taking in the stunning scenery.
the second part of the trip, we’re taking things to the next level. First you’ll
fly out to the south to encounter local tribes like the Mumhila and Mucubalin a
traditional way. Along the way you’ll make several stops to enjoy the beautiful
scenery in the south. Expect big canyons, art deco and welcoming people!
Upon our return to Luanda we’ll make our way all the way north. The exclave of Cabinda is one of a kind. Rich in oil, this area feels quite different than the rest of Angola. For years there have been struggles here for independence and you’ll see the main city and head into the rainforest, the biggest in Angola.
Early arrival into Luanda Airport (if you will arrive the day before YPT can arrange that) and pick-up to head straight to our hotel
Meet the rest of the group and your YPT tour leader as we have a pre-tour meeting before you go out to explore the capital
Our first stop is the Fortaleza de Sao Miguel (military museum), including its famous propaganda which almost looks North Korean!
Next you head to the Iron Palace, with the local art scene and wild stories surround the origin of the building. It was supposedly designed by Gustav Eiffel and was supposedly found on the beach.
Visit the old colonial church of Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, built on the well-known 4 de Fevereiro Avenue.
Make our wait to the famous Moon Viewpoint for a great view of the Atlantic Ocean
Explore the Slavery Museum & souvenir market
Visit to Kilamba, this used to be known as a Chinese-built ghost town, but today’s a lively area of Luanda. One of our guides lives here and he’ll happily show us around.
Angolan dinner in the city with a nice cold beer (or juice!)
Overnight in Luanda
Tuesday 16 February – Luanda Carnival
After breakfast we head out to Shipwreck Beach, here you’ll find long lost forgotten ships from all over the world, extremely good for photos!
Monument to the Kifangondo Battle, our military guide will help us understand the importance of this spot in the struggle for the independence of Angola.
We might be in Africa, but Luanda is just as famous in Africa for its carnival as Rio is in South America! We’ll try to catch up on some of the festive around the city.
Short visit to a concrete wall next to the highway to see some amazing street art. It’s a big thing in Luanda and often there’s a political touch to it.
At night we’ll hit the town for some good Angolan food.
Overnight in Luanda
Wednesday 17 February – Luanda – N‘dalatando – Kalandula Falls
Early wake-up (breakfast along the way) as we embark for the train station
Today you’ll experience an Angolan train on the 7 hour journey to N‘dalatando. Along the way you’ll truly get to experience rural Angola with several stops.
After reaching N’dalatando we will stretch our legs for a small walk around the town before we continue driving to the Kalandula Falls, one of the most stunning waterfalls in the world
You’ll experience a campfire next to the waterfall in awesome surroundings
Dinner and overnight at our lodge
Thursday 18 February – Kalandula Falls – Malanje
Today you’ll wake up with a view of the Kalandula Falls, we can promise it will be one of the most amazing morning views you will ever have! One of the most famous landmarks in Angola, you’ll also take a hike towards the bottom of the falls to see them from a different perspective.
Drive to Malanje, here you will take a walk through the city and see daily life in this part of the country.
Along the way you will stop in a local village where you can learn more about rural Angola.
Return to the lodge, where you can relax next to the pool, go hiking in the area or just enjoy the view of the waterfall.
If the owner is around he will happily share his amazing stories from the civil war. This area was one of the major battle field areas.
Dinner and overnight at our lodge
Friday 19 February – Kalandula Falls – Luanda
After breakfast we drive back to Luanda. Along the way you will stop at abandoned houses from the independence war and the civil war.
Stop at the Pedras Negras do Pungo Andongo. These giant black stones were a place of resistance surrounded by mystery and magic against the Portuguese colonisers.
On arrival you check into our hotel and freshen up
Tonight it’s the end of Group A and you will have a traditional Angolan goodbye dinner before a few drinks in town
Overnight in Luanda.
Saturday 20 February – Luanda – Lubango – Chibia
Free morning to chill or visit Cacuaco for a stroll around a local fishing village.
Group A: Airport drop off based on your flight details – end of the tour
Group B: continues, 12:00 flight to Lubango (arrival 1:30)
After we arrive in Lubango we visit the Tundavala Gap, an amazing viewpoint on the edge of the Serra da Leba cliff.
Drive to Chibia and here you will visit the local market and meet regional tribespeople, including one of the most famous ones: the Mumhila. We’ll take our time here so you can take photos and soak up the atmosphere in this very traditional African market
Visit the famous Christo Rei statue. It’s not just carnival that Angola has in common with Rio!
Dinner and overnight in our hotel in Lubango
Sunday 21 February – Lubango – Cunene Oncocua
Today you’ll get up very early for a 4am departure to venture into the deep south of Angola, towards the province of Cunene.
We head off in our private vehicle and in this area we’ll try to find several different tribes like the Muhimba, Macahone, Vatwa and Mundimba.
In the afternoon we will return to Lubango after a day on the road and in the countryside
Overnight in our hotel in Lubango
Monday 22 February – Lubango – Caraculo – Namibe
This morning you’ll head off on a more relaxing drive towards the great coastal city of Namibe.
Along the way you will stop at the viewpoint of the Serra da Leba Pass. One of the famous landmarks of Angola.
You’ll make a stop at the famous Mucubal tribe at Caraculo
Upon arrival in Namibe we take a walking tour through the iconic art deco city centre.
After a lot of time on the road and outside the city it’s time we got to relax at the sea side with food and a few beers, fantastic views over the sea and a chance to people watch in this unique place
Overnight in our hotel in Namibe
Tuesday 23 February – Namibe – Luanda
You’ve seen rainforests, cities and beaches, and today is the day you head into the Namibe desert for some sand dune adventuring
Along the way you’ll see the pink dunes, Oasis of Arco and the Red Canyon and have ample opportunity for fantastic photos
Head back to Namibe before going to the airport for the 17:00 flight back to Luanda
Dinner and overnight in Luanda
Wednesday 24 February – Luanda – Cabinda
After breakfast drive back to the airport for the morning flight to the exclave of Cabina. Cabinda is of special interest to us as both an exclave and having had an independence movement for quite some time. The area is rich in oil and is one of the wealthiest parts of the country.
On arrival you’ll go straight onto a city tour of Cabinda, first stop is the 1st of May Park
You’ll also see the Church of the Immaculate Conception before going to the central market, here you can find the famous Cabinda Tree
Photo opportunity at the Monument to the Treaty of Simulambuco
Drive out and visit the DR Congo border. Even though we cannot cross the border, we’ll take a look here at one of the more dangerous border crossings of Africa.
Head back into town for dinner and drinks
Overnight in Cabinda
Thursday 25 February – Cabinda
Morning drive to Maiombe Forest Reserve, the biggest rainforest in Angola! You’ll see what local life is like here in this tiny strip of Angola. A very interesting and unique experience, as not many tourists have ventured here!
Along the way we pass through the villages of Cacongo and Malongo with a short stop at Buco Zau
One of the highlights will see you take a boat trip on a lake that doesn’t even exist on google maps!
After our time in the rainforest it’s back to Cabinda Airport for the flight to Luanda
We’ll head for dinner on the waterfront and final drinks as we bid this huge country goodbye!
Overnight in Luanda
Friday 26 February – Luanda
End of the tour with airport drop offs according to your flights
– All transport to complete the tour
– Accommodation in twin share hotel/guest house
– Breakfasts, some lunches and dinners
– Local guide and YPT guide throughout
– All entry fees unless otherwise stated
– International travel to and from Angola
– Angolan visa (YPT can provide visa support)
– Single Supplement (€350/€650)
– Pre-tour accommodation (€80)
– Some lunches and drinks and personal spending
– Tips for the local guide
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.