Angola Avante! And so shall you. This pearl of Africa has been closed off to tourism for many years and has been infamous as an incredibly difficult and expensive destination. Recently Angola’s visa policy has changed drastically and we are here to make your unique trip less of a headache.
The tour begins 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 local famous Iron Palace.
After Luanda you’ll be one of the first foreigners on the train towards N’dalatando, formally known as Vila Salazar by the Portuguese colonial authorities by honouring the Portuguese dictator Salazar. Angola once had one of the most extensive rail networks in Africa whilst under colonial rule. However, the tracks fell into disrepair during the war for independence and civil war. Chinese firms have been brought in to restore and modernise the railway.
Once arriving in N’dalatando, we’ll begin a short drive to one of the most famous landmarks of Angola: Kalandula Falls – 105 meters (344 feet) high and spanning 400 meters (1,300 feet) wide. One of the largest waterfalls by volume in Africa. During your journey you will learn more about the local mystical beliefs as well as taking in the stunning scenery.
Group B members continue the adventure and fly further south to encounter local tribes of Mumhila and Mucubalin. Along the way you’ll make several stops to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Expect big canyons, art deco and welcoming locals.
Once returning to Luanda, you’ll make your way further north to the exclave of Cabinda. This area is one of a kind. Rich in oil, this part of Angola feels quite different than the rest of the country. For years there have been struggles here for independence and you’ll explore the main city and head into the rainforest, the largest in Angola.
Our Angola tour can be combined with our Sao Tome & Principe Tour. Make the most out of your visit to Africa and combine both tours!
We cap our Angola tour to 10 group members only. Our competitive price is difficult to beat. Join us and don’t miss out.
This morning you’ll wae up with a view of the Kalandula Falls – we gaurentee it will be one of the most amazing morning views you’ll ever have!
Breakfast at our lodging and head out for a hike towards the bottom of the falls to see them from a different perspective.
Drive two hours east to the city of Malanje
Lunch at Malanje followed by a walking tour around the city
On our return back to Kalandula Falls we’ll stop by a rural village where you can learn more about rural Angola life
Arrive back at your lodge – feel free to relax by the pool, go for a hike, or have a cold beer and take in the views. Previously we’ve had luck meeting the owner who is usually very happy to share his incredible stories from the civil war. A large battle took place in the very spot.
Dinner and overnight at lodge
Friday 4th March – Kalandula Falls – Luanda
Breakfast at lodge
Begin your journey back by road to the capital along the way stopping at abandoned houses from both the independence war and civil war.
Explore Pedras Negras do Pungo Andongo – These giant black stones were a place of resistance surrounded by mystery and magic against the Portuguese colonisers. They are a series of mysterious rock formations, which many are shaped in the form of animals standing high above the flat African Savanna.
Arrive in Luanda and check into hotel to freshen up
Traditional Angolan farewell dinner and drinks for Group A members in town
Group A members – airport drop off will be arranged according to your flight schedule – depart Luanda and tour concludes
Group B members continue on to visit Cacuaco for a stroll around the local fishing village then depart at 12:00pm arriving in Lubango at 1:30pm – the second largest city in Angola.
Lunch in Lubango and eat Muamba de galinha or simply known as chicken muamba
Visit the Tundavala Gap – an amazing viewpoint on the edge of the Serra da Leba cliff. The escarpment marks the most western limit of Bié Plateau.
Drive one hour south to Chibia – you may explore the local market and meet regional tribespeople, including one of the most famous ones: the Mumhila. We’ll take our time here so you may take photos and soak up the atmosphere in this very traditional African market.
Visit the local famous Christo Rei Statue – it’s not just carnival that Angola has in common with Rio! Built in 1957, it stands 30 meters tall and is one of only four in the world.
Return to Lubango, dinner and overnight at hotel
Sunday 6th March – Lubango – Cunene Oncocua
Very early wake up around 4:00am and begin your adventure deep south of Angola towards the province of Cunene.
Along the way we’ll stop for breakfast but the ultimate experience is seeking out several different tribes such as the Muhimba, Macahone, Vatwa and Mundimba.
A rural lunch at a small village we’ll encounter along the way
Return to Lubango for dinner and overnight
Monday 7th March – Lubango – Caraculo – Namibe
Breakfast at hotel and begin a more relaxing drive to the great coastal city of Namibe.
Along the way we’ll stop at the viewpoint of the Serra da Leba Pass – one of the most breathtaking landmarks of Angola.
Stop by and meet the 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 ocean and a chance to people watch in this unique place
Overnight at hotel in Namibe
Tuesday 8th March – Namibe – Luanda
Now that you’ve experienced rainforests, cities and beaches. Today you’ll head to the Namibe desert for sand dune adventuring.
During our drive we’ll stop and take photos of the pink dunes, the Oasis of Arco, and the Red Canyon.
Return to Namibe, board our 5:00pm flight back to Luanda
Dinner and overnight in Luanda
Wednesday 9th March – Luanda – Cabinda
Breakfast at hotel
Head to the airport and board our 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
Lunch in town, then visit the Church of the Immaculate Conception before going to the central market, here you can find the local famous Cabinda Tree
Photo opportunity at the Monument to the Treaty of Simulambuco
Drive out and visit the DR Congo border. Although we can’t cross the border, we’ll take a look here at one of the most dangerous border crossings of Africa.
Head back into town for dinner and drinks
Overnight in Cabinda
Thursday 10th March – Cabinda – Luanda
Breakfast at hotel
Drive to Maiombe Forest Reserve – the largest rainforest in Angola. A great opportunity to experience rural life within this tiny strip of Angola. A very interesting and unique experience, as not many tourists have ventured out this far!
Along the way we pass through the villages of Cacongo and Malongo with a short stop at Buco Zau for lunch
One of the highlights of today is taking a boat ride on a lake that doesn’t exist on google maps
To conclude our time in the rainforest, we’ll head back to Cabinda Airport for the flight back to Luanda
We’ll head for dinner on the waterfront and final drinks as we bid this huge country farewell
Overnight in Luanda
Friday 11th March – Luanda
Tour concludes with airport drop-off arranged according to your flight details – YPT is also able to arrange post-tour accommodation or advice for flights.
Group members apart of our Sao Tome & Principe Tour board flight to Sao Tome – flight not included in tour price
• International travel to and from Angola
• Angolan visa (YPT can provide full visa support)
• Single Supplement (€350/€650)
• Pre-tour accommodation
• Drinks and personal spending
• Tips for driver and guides
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.