Angola part 2

Recorded on January 29th, 2015

Seeing a local Angolan stagger into camp early one morning, totally dehydrated and delusioned, as he just stood on the beach staring unable to comprehend. He had walked 40-45kms overnight, of an 80km journey. This just highlights the heat in southern Angola, where temperatures don’t drop from high 30’s , until 3am. Rehydrated, medically by a local lodge, he continued his walk, 2 hours later. Tough or what !

Up the coast to Baia das Pipas, described in most articles as a beach haven. Well I thought it was a fly ridden construction site, stinking of sewage, so disappointed, headed back to Lubango.

*Moffies on tour

Staying for a paltry sum on a Namibian farmers property, I met a group of South Africans, being guided by Simon Wearne.

They claimed to be Afrikaaner South Africans, but I have serious doubts.

  • 1.Not one person sporting Khaki, of any sorts.
  • 2.No Klipdrift and coke in sight.
  • 3.Asked to use my inverter in the morning….for their hair straighteners.
  • 4.Wore shoes, and had clothes on coat hangars, in their chipped bakkies.

Eugene Terblanche is still spinning in his grave.

Hope Dood Akkers (Death Acres, beach driving south Angola) was great lads. See you at Toit’s later in the year.

Down to the Namibian border after almost 4 weeks in Angola, was a suprisingly easy drive, with the main road and then the side roads, littered with burnt out armoured cars, testament to the 27 year civil war, that only finished in 2002.

Quick crossing, in 46.8c, temperature, was gratefully appreciated, and somehow I felt disheartened, as Angola, despite being very difficult to get a visa for, was definitely one of the main highlights to date. Aside from being expensive, and lacking in any tourism structure, it hopefully will realise its potential in the coming years.