Reader’s contributions

I’m most grateful to the following readers who have contributed material for this page:


Many thanks to Jess for this update – sent in September 2011

Useful book. I’ve just spent three weeks travelling around Angola largely by public transport interspersed with periods at NGOs in Luanda, Benguela and Namibie.
A couple of updates:
– cost of public transport now much cheaper than in the book. Bus Luanda – Benguela was 3000 kwanzas, Benguela – Lubango 1500 kwanzas, informal bus (not candongeiro) Lubango – Namibie 1000, formal bus 1500
– In Lubango met a guy with a motorbike who drove well and reliably. Jumped on the back and went to Cristo Rei from the inter-provincial bus station, paid 1000 kwanzas, next day went to Tunda Vala with him for 2000. Name is Marcelino nr 932 258 867 if anyone else is keen. Personally I thought it was a great way to see Lubango and wish I had done it in other cities too. Unfortunately price of beer at N’gola factory has gone up to 70 kwanzas!


I’m very grateful to Pablo Strubell and Itziar Martinez-Pantoja  for sending me this very useful update about travelling in Angola. You can follow their adventures at and contact them at Posted October 2010

From Janie Impey – sent February 2010

Living in Angola at present and enjoying using the new guide to travel. Please note exchange rate at present US$1=92.5 AKO Also went to Dondo. At Kambambe (p158) telephone numbers for Pousada de Cambambe (that’s how they wrote it on the piece of paper!), are either mob 913 533 680 or 235205007. Didn’t in fact get permission to go down to dam wall – but probably because I am female and dont speak Portuguese!!  Flamingo Lodge (south of Namibe City) is about to do new website and have other activities available. Very difficult to contact as did not get through. Best through tel: 27 798 381791….though this too was very slow and we were not sure that message had got through. However when there, Ray assured us that they’d do their best to help if someone turned up ‘on spec!’….. Keen young and energetic! All in one price included all meals and drinks (some wine included). Also organised day trip to Arco and into desert to see oryx south of Tombua – cost $350 for their car and guide for one day. Informed us that to go to Pediva hot springs and rock paintings would necessitate overnight stay probably at Omauha Lodge which we intend to do soon! In Lubango had good meal at Hospetaria Feliz which is on road to Caspar Lodge and other hotels. Buffet style – eat as much as you want. Apparently v nice for weekend lunches as by a swimming pool too…………. Rio Longa prices have rocketed to USD300 per person per night…………..When we went to Arco, our guide (who came from Tombua) suggested that we didn’t give any money to the locals living there, so instead we took them gasozas ……  I hadn’t realised that the war never reached Tombua so he was saying that the locals are much more friendly and less suspicious than elsewhere….


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