Mobile Overland Safari
Days / 11 Nights - Southern Angola 4x4 Expedition Safari
Lubango, Tunda Vala Escarpment, Leba Pass, Lake Arco, Flamingo Canyon, beach
drive, Iona National Park, Ancient Welwitschia plants, Baobab Forest,
Ova-Himba people, Ruacana Falls.
This 12 day expedition through Southern Angola; is a real back to nature 4x4
safari; enjoy adventurous days of exploring Southern Africa's last wild
Enjoy everything from its incredible scenery, friendly Himba people to an
exhilarating beach drive with just enough space between the dunes and the
raging ocean for you! Angola is a very diverse country with an ever
changing landscape and challenging conditions, yet it produces a feeling of
peace and excitement as the country moves away from its past at a rapid rate.
Scheduled Guided 4x4 Mobile Overland Safari
Semi-participation camping safari
12 Days / 11Nights
Departure Date: Guaranteed
Departure Dates (see below)
Ondangwa - Namibia
Windhoek - Namibia
Minimum 6 - Maximum 10 people
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This Group Safari itinerary can easily be converted
into a Private Safari
Airport transfers and pre & post safari accommodation is not included but can be arranged on
We also offer regional flights and coach
Please contact us for advice & information on how to reach departure point
this safari and how to continue afterwards…
DEPARTURE DATES 2010
INFORMATION ON AREAS VISITED:
Oshakati, Ruacana, Lubango, Leba Pass, Namib, Foz do Cunene, Iona National
Commonly referred to as ‘the last true wilderness, and located on the West
coast of Southern Africa, Angola extends over an area of 1,246,700 Km2. The
country is divided into 18 provinces, Luanda being the capital. With a total
of a 4,837 Km long borderline, Angola is bordered with Congo-Brazzaville at
the Northern province of Cabinda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (former
Zaïre) to the North and East, Zambia to the East, and Namibia to the South.
Although Angola is located in a sub tropical zone, its climate is not
typical of such areas due to the following factors: the cold current from
Benguela running along the southern part of the coast; the highlands in the
interior; and the influence of the Namibe desert, situated southwest. As a
result Angola has its own specific climate, with two distinct seasons, the
rains, from October to April and the mist or “Cacimbo” from May to
much dryer season with lower temperatures.
With an Atlantic coastline stretching for over 1.650 kms, mighty rivers flow
into wide estuaries depositing sediments they have brought with them from
the high plateaus to form numerous small islands, bays and sandbanks and
where excellent beaches can be found. In Luanda, special mention must be
given to the beaches of Ilha do Cabo, Mussulo, Palmeirinhas, Corimba and
Santiago. In Benguela there is Morena, Restinga, Caóta, Caotina, Baia Azul
and Baia Farta and finally in Namibe, two more, Das Miragens and Azul.
The orography and the climatic characteristics of the land provide Angola
with a vast diversity of animal and vegetable species.
A few kilometres west of Ruacana the highland of Ovambo drops steeply.
This stretch of the road is particularly beautiful in the early morning
light, with the huge water surface of the dammed-up Kunene glittering on
your right side. Despite the Ruacana Falls not being the destination they
once were, this corner of the country is still worth a visit. Ruacana Falls
are 15 km from Ruacana, and the falls can still be spectacular, but this
requires consistent heavy rains (i.e. summer). For views of the falls, March
to April are your best bets to see water crashing over the rocks.
Largely unaffected by the war, Lubango provides access to the beautiful
beaches of Namibe. En route, watch for the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure,
where you can climb to 2600 meters above sea level. The view of a sheer drop
to sea level is quite spectacular. Barely touched by the fighting, Lubango
is Angola without the war-wounds. It is a bustling and vibrant
highland settlement embellished by attractive parks and dominated by a
dazzling white marble statue of Cristo Rei (Christ the King) that towers
above the pastel-pink colonial buildings like a miniature Corcovado Christ.
This breathtaking mountain road takes you to an altitude of over 5000 feet
in just a few kilometres. We pass by waterfalls and cantilevered hairpin
bends on our way to the top, where we will over look the semi-tropical area,
abounding with Mango trees.
Namibe is known as one of the cleanest and best kept towns in Angola. This
port town has a strong fishing community which supplies much of the country
with fresh and dried fish. Namibe harbour is lined with sandstone cliffs
falling into the Atlantic and the harbour is key to the economy of southern
Angola as all imports come through the port.
Foz do Cunene
'Foz do Cunene' is where we will amaze you with some adventurous dune
driving. This is also good fishing terrain. Enjoy the contrasts of sand
dunes, rocky plains, thick riverine vegetation and the sea. The Cunene River
flows through this part of the country and is a large perennial river that
forms part of the boundary between south-western Angola and Namibia. It is
bordered by lush vegetation which forms striking contrasts with the
The settlement of Foz do Cunene is situated on the banks of the river 6 km
from the sea and is within the vast Iona National Park. The settlement was
built to house the operators of a pump station which supplied water to the
fishing town on the peninsula of Baia dos Tigres. When the sea broke through
the isthmus of the peninsula in the 1970's the water line was severed.
Tigres became an Island overnight with no water supply, Tigres and the pump
station at the Cunene river mouth were abandoned, and have become ghost
towns slowly being reclaimed by the desert.
Iona National Park
This park is home to many indigenous peoples such as the Mucubal and himba,
as well as many kimbundu groups. Most are subsistent farmers and herders who
remain isolated and oblivious to the outside world. The landscape is diverse
& once can see herds of game, indigeonous tribal people, plains littered
with Welwitschia, and fascinating rock formations.
DAY 1: Arrival to Lubango, Angola D
Arriving to Lubango Airport, you will be met by our guide, and transferred
to our lodge where we will camp for the evening. We will go on a tour of
Lubango town, ending with scenic sun downer drinks at Tundavalle.
Tundavalle is a must see in the city of Lubango. This volcanic fissure
climbs to 2600m (8528 ft) above sea level and offers breathtaking views from
the edge of the escarpment over rolling hills well above the clouds.
Distance: 100 km
Accommodation: Camping at Lodge in Lubango
DAY 2: Lubango to Flamingo Lodge BLD
Lubango is set in a lush tropical valley guarded by the statue of Christ
built high above on the cliffs overlooking the city. Rich in colonial
architecture, and mixed with the confusion of Africa, Lubango has many bars
and restaurants that offer interesting variety with rich Portuguese
heritage. After breakfast and break down of camp, we visit the iconic statue
of Christ, which towers over the city keeping watch night & day. This statue
is only one of
three in the world and is a replica of the one in Rio de Janeiro – one of
the few remaining signs of hope and peace. After a fantastic photo
opportunity at the top of the breathtaking Serra de Leba pass, we make our
way down the winding mountain road. Designed by a woman, the pass twists its
way down the mountain from a height of 1845 meters above sea level.
We continue our journey west towards Namibe, and leave the lushness of
Lubango behind us, for the desert of the coast. Before arriving to Flamingo
Lodge, we stop at Lake Arco – a hidden treasure located within a canyon, &
we relax by the waters & watch the birdlife.
Arriving to Flamingo Lodge, we set up our camp site, and prepare dinner.
Distance: 330 km
Accommodation: Overnight Flamingo lodge (camping with ablutions
& hot water)
DAY 3: Flamingo lodge- Campsite BLD
We use today to relax & explore the fascinating area around Flamingo Lodge.
The fishing on this coastline is legendary - perhaps try your luck on
catching the big one! We take a drive into the nearby canyon to hike &
explore – hopefully seeing some families of Black-backed Jackals along the
way. Our accommodation is located amidst 70km of uninhabited coast
which supports virtually untouched fish populations and a highly diverse
desert landscapes containing some areas of special beauty. Indulge yourself
with a day of fishing, snorkelling, or just leisure on the beach, enjoying
the open space and clear blue skies.
Distance: 30 km
Accommodation: Overnight Flamingo lodge (camping with ablutions
& hot water)
DAYS 4 & 5: Beach Drive (Flamingo Lodge to Foz du Cunene) BLD
Our departure time will be dependant on the tide. We will depart Flamingo
lodge for Foz du Cunene, stopping en-route at Baia dos Tigres, where we will
spend a night camping in the dunes. One of the highlights of this tour is
the exhilarating 230km drive down the beach. Driving on the beach is a
unique experience not permitted in most countries, and it makes this
specific journey hugely exciting. The drive can only be done at Spring tide,
as the coast is
bordered by high dunes which fall precipitously into the sea, leaving just a
narrow stretch of sand between the ocean and the dunes. Join us in our
excitement as we squeeze the vehicles between the ocean waves & enormous
On our way from Flamingo lodge, we pass by two shipwrecks, one a quite
recent addition to the coastline.
Behind the dunes are a number of green oases, and near the southern end of
Baia dos Tigres, there are vast lagoons teeming with fish and birds such as
Pelicans and Flamingos.
Day 5 sees us completing this journey, finally arriving to Foz du Cunene,
where the dunes subside and the beach widens. We take the remainder of the
day to explore the area and the river mouth, and spend the evening camping
at the basic Foz du Cunene houses, protected by the wind.
Distance: 250 km
Accommodation: Day 4: Camping in the dunes
Day 5: Overnight Foz do Cunene (campsite
with basic ablutions & hot water)
Day 6: Iona National Park BLD
Leaving the coastline, we enter the Parque National du Iona. This offers an
outstanding drive with scenery similar to the Koako Veld (a famous area in
Northern Namibia) and is quite magnificent to pass through.
We stop to explore the hundreds of Welwitschia lining our route, as the
desert changes face today from an endless sandy desert to rocky landscapes.
Distance: 165 km
Accommodation: Overnight Bush camp in open plains with no facilities
DAY 7: Iona National Park BLD
Today is a long & slow drive with some exciting 4x4 driving. The scenery
changes dramatically from large open plains to Mopane forests. We pass by
some interesting rock formations, and hope to see our first signs of the
nomadic Himba people.
Distance: 155 km
Accommodation: Overnight Bush camp in a dry riverbed, with no facilities
DAY 8: Arrival to Ruacana, Namibia BLD
Today will have an interesting drive, passing a major stand of enormous
Baobab trees. With some imagination – and compared to the prevailing
vegetation dominated by bush and grass – this patch could be called a
‘forest’. This “Baobab Forest” is home to many Prehistoric stones, left
untouched on the ground by the villagers ancestors. We will have plenty of
time to stop & see the many Himba people who live in the area. These nomadic
people of Angola are completely untouched by modern society & live with very
Leaving Angola behind us, we pay a quick visit to the Ruacana Falls.
Located on the border of Namibia and Angola, the falls are mostly controlled
by a dam upstream, & they provide fresh water to the northern part of
Namibia and the southern part of Angola. They are a valuable source of
hydroelectric power and a main attraction of Namibia. They are about 120 m
deep and 700 m wide, but these days water gushes over the falls only after
particularly good rains, when the sluice gates have to be opened.
Otherwise the water is fed through the turbines of the hydroelectric power
Distance: 145 km
Accommodation: Overnight Ruacana Eha Lodge. Camping with ablutions
DAY 9: Ruacana to Etosha National Park BLD
We depart early, making our way to Etosha National Park, through the North
gate, arriving to Namutoni Camp. After a rest and a swim during the hottest
part of the day, we will go on an afternoon game drive through the park.
Distance: 415 km
Accommodation: Overnight at Namutoni or similar
DAY 10: Etosha National Park BLD
We enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive in the park, and the luxuries of
Distance: 200 km
Accommodation: Overnight at Namutoni or similar
DAY 11: Etosha National Park – Windhoek BL
An early morning departure will take us back to Windhoek, where we relax
after our travels at the Roof of Africa Lodge.
You can catch a flight to your onward destination, or stay for a few days,
at your leisure.
Distance: 540 km
Accommodation: Overnight at Roof of Africa
DAY 12: Windhoek - Onward destination B
After breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to the airport for
your departure flight.
Distance: 0 km
When arriving in Ondangwa on the morning of Day 1 of the tour, you will be
picked up from the airport and embark on your tour. Should you arrive prior
to day 1, pre tour accommodation can be arranged and you will be picked up
from your hotel on the morning of day 1. (Pick up time will be confirmed on
We will use a Toyota landcruiser or similar 4x4 vehicle.
Accommodation will be camping and there will not be options to upgrade to
accommodation, apart from at Etosha. Please note that Angola is a country
which is in its infancy when it comes to tourism. The route we follow is
remote, and there will be few or no facilities that have not been brought
along with us.
Angolan currency is the Kwanza. As this tour takes you to remote & much
undiscovered territory, there are very few opportunities to use spending
money. The majority of your money will be spent on purchasing a cold cola
when they can be found.
In Namibia the currency is the Namibian Dollar, however the South African
Rand can also be spent in Namibia, as the two currencies are
Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a
comprehensive medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be
taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable
to consult a doctor prior to departure.
Maximum baggage allowance on the plane will be 12 kg. Please bring a
backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Please bring enough clothing,
as there are few washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the
allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.
It is compulsory for all travellers to have insurance covering their
personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to
be arranged before leaving home country. Comprehensive public liability
Clothing and other items:
• Shorts Track suit
• Walking shoes
• Light trousers/jeans
• Swimming costume Sandals
• T-shirts Sun hat
• Warm clothes
• Long-sleeved shirts
• Torch & spare batteries
• Water bottle
• Camera UV protection
• Mosquito protection
These should be applied for before arrival in Angola in your country of
residence. We can assist with a letter of introduction.
The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it
there may be circumstances when it may change – for example weather and/or
road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may
be altered from those indicated above.
must be carried with you at all times whilst on safari and in the vehicle.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your safari
finishes/you leaving the country.
PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE
is not included but is compulsory when travelling on any safari. Travel insurance is for your own
protection and we consider it to be an essential part of modern international
travel. Please consult your travel agent prior to leaving home or contact us.
VISA REQUIREMENTS –
Visas are your own responsibility; persons arriving without the relevant
visa for their safari will not be refunded in this scenario.
safaris are merely suggested itineraries and therefore can be
to suit your specific needs:
- Routes can be amended
according to your preference
- Accommodation can be
changed to suit your style and budget
- Accommodation meal
basis can be booked according
to your requirements
- Extra nights can be added
depending on your arrival and departure flight times and the
pace that you want to travel