Posts Tagged ‘Benguela’

There can be few places in the world riper than Angola for an exponential growth in tourism

February 4, 2012

Until a few years ago, Angola was off-limits to leisure visitors. There was no guidebook and reliable information for travellers was hard to come by. Tourist visas did not exist, decent hotels were rare and outrageously expensive and oil workers filled all the flights into Luanda. In the space of 3 or 4 years, much of this has changed. Although still not an easy destination, Angola remains off the mainstream tourist circuit but will reward visitors with miles of deserted beaches, an extraordinarily rich bird life and stunning examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Read the rest of my article on the Angola -today website

Benguela railroad in Angola expected to reach Zambian border in 2012

December 2, 2011

Lobito, Angola, 28 Nov – Angola’s Benguela railroad is die to arrive at the Zambian border in 2012, the Angolan Transport Minister said in Lobito adding that it was necessary for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, “to do their work,” to have “links between the railroad networks.” More…..

Rail link re-established between Lobito and Benguela

September 21, 2011

A passenger and freight rail link has been re-established between Lobito and Benguela. The new 4 carriage long Chinese built trains carry 256 passengers. The cost of a ticket is 50 Kwanzas and there is a fine of 300 Kwanzas for those caught travelling without a ticket.

Initially there will be two trains daily, stopping at Catumbela, Negrão Damba-Maria and Universidade Jean Piaget stations.

The trains leave Benguela and Lobito stations at 0600 each day, arriving 65 minutes later. The return journey leaves each station at 1700.

Benguela railroad in Angola partially reopens after 27-year stoppage

September 4, 2011

At  the end of August, President dos Santos inaugurated the repaired train service linking Benguela, Lobito and Huambo. The rail service had been interrupted since 2002. Repairs began in 2006. In order to reach Luau in 2012 , a further 347kms of track will need to be repaired. Ticket and timetable details are not yet known but a ticket between Lobito and Benguela is understood to cost 30 Kwanzas compared to 150 Kwanzas travelling by taxi.

 

 

 

Comboio volta apitar no Huambo dentro de 60 dias

June 13, 2011

Huambo – O comboio do caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB), volta a apitar definitivamente na província do Huambo dentro de 60 dias, depois de 27 anos de paralisação, anunciou hoje, nesta cidade, o ministro dos Transportes, Augusto da Silva Tomás.

Augusto Tomás anunciou o facto no final da sua viagem de comboio vindo da província de Benguela, onde foi fiscalizar o grau de execução das obras realizadas ao longo da linha-férrea.

“Vamos trabalhar para completar tudo o que é necessário, corrigir o que se pode e criar condições para que dentro de 60 dias o mais tardar, o comboio volte a apitar no Huambo de forma definitiva e em Setembro possa chegar a província do Bié para devolver a

alegria a população desta região”, destacou.

O governante referiu que o país vive um ciclo de reconstrução, reconciliação e de paz, pois tudo o que no passado era um sonho começa a ser transformado em realidade.

Afirmou que as obras foram acompanhadas pela fiscalização, seguiram as regras estabelecidas internacionalmente e os prazos foram na medida do possível respeitados.

“Chegou o momento do povo angolano em particular o das províncias do Huambo, Bié e Moxico voltarem a sorrir como no passado”.

Por seu turno, o governador da província do Huambo, Fernando Faustino Muteka, lançou um repto aos homens de negócios pois que, com o comboio a funcionar haverá maior facilidade de movimentação das mercadorias e a qualidade de vida da população vai melhorar.

Faustino Muteka destacou que, o reinício da circulação do comboio vai permitir a criação de novos postos de trabalho, a chegada da mercadoria de forma segura ao mesmo tempo que vai contribuir para o ressurgimento do sector industrial numa altura que está em fase de conclusão a barragem hidroeléctrica do Ngove.

A chegada do comboio experimental a estação da cidade do Huambo foi testemunhada por milhares de cidadãos, membros do executivo local, representantes de partidos políticos e entidades religiosas.

Fonte: http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/pt_pt/noticias/transporte/2011/5/23/Comboio-volta-apitar-Huambo-dentro-dias,39f53e25-1860-4f98-9b84-af8145f7ff2d.html

Autódromo de Benguela, Angola

May 30, 2011

Originally, touring cars and club class machinery ran around the town of Benguela, but it was in May 1972 that the 4km long permanent circuit was opened; however as with much of the African continent, various economic and political problems had kept the arena virtually abandoned for the most part over the next nearly 30 years.
It was a great loss considering the layout possesses some truly fantastic corners – in particular the nearly flat turns 4-5 section and difficult last two corners are stand outs, followed by a very long straight for overtaking. More…….

Chimalavera park close to Lobito/Benguela

May 21, 2011

The Chimalavera park close to Lobito in Benguela province  now has a website (in Portuguese only) which includes details of trips to the park http://www.chimalavera.com/index.php

SIS hotels in Angola

May 21, 2011

Sistec, a well known Angolan company is opening a chain of hotels in Angola. SisHotels are already open in Cabinda, Huambo and Benguela. Other hotels are under construction in Sumbe, Lubango and Kuito and there are plans to build in Lobito, Namibe, Gabela and Luanda. Details are on their website which is in Portuguese only.

New hotel in Benguela

February 25, 2011

Benguela – A hotel project called “MarcDani” opened last weekend in the area, near the city of Benguela, the local administrator, Chicunga Twine.

The unit hotel has 13 rooms with private bathroom, satellite TV, mini-bar, restaurant, parking, transportation services for guests, “rent-a-car, laundry and convenience store.

The project cost USD 818 000 and its construction lasted two years.

The administrator Chicumba Twine said that the hotel will provide 12 jobs and help reduce unemployment.

According to Claude Raymond, head of the “MarcDani”, your company participates in the fight against unemployment and poverty by providing employment to local people, which has an estimated population of 268 000 inhabitants and 750

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Inaugurada unidade hoteleira nos arredores de Benguela

February 25, 2011

 

Benguela – Um empreendimento hoteleiro denominado “MarcDani”  foi inaugurado no último final de semana na zona A, arredores da cidade de Benguela, pelo administrador local, Chicunga Barbante.

A unidade hoteleira possui 13 quartos com casa de banho privativa, televisão por satélite, mini-bar, restaurante, parques de estacionamento, serviços de transporte para hóspedes, “rent-a-car”, lavandaria e loja de conveniência.

O empreendimento custou USD 818 mil e a sua construção teve uma duração de dois anos.

O administrador Chicumba Barbante indicou que o hotel vai proporcionar 12 postos de trabalho e ajudar na redução do desemprego.

De acordo com Cláudio Raimundo, responsável do “MarcDani”, a sua empresa participa no combate ao desemprego e à pobreza, ao proporcionar emprego a pessoas da região, que possui uma população estimada em 268 mil e 750 habitantes.

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Updated contact details for hotels in Luanda and Benguela

February 6, 2011

The Sunsil hotel in Luanda now has a website  and on-line reservations facility. www.sunsilhotel.com

The Hotel Praia Morena in Benguela now has a website and on-line reservations facility. www.hotelpraiamorena.com

Nancy’s Guest house in Benguela now has a website. www.nancysschool.com/

New hotel in Lobito – Hotel Belo Horizonte – updated with address

January 23, 2011

Updated 30 January with the address – see end of post

A classic example of Angolan journalism is the report in O Pais which extols the virtues of the new hotel Belo Horizonte. However it fails to say which town it is in and, as usual for Angolan press reports, it does not contain any contact details such as address, telephone, email or website etc. If anyone has these details, please let me know, thanks.

As far as I can establish, this new hotel is in Lobito and has the following: 64 rooms, restaurant, bar, pool, gym and parking. A fuller description in Portuguese is on the O Pais website.

Update- Many thanks to Derek M who has told me that the hotel is at  Rua 15 de Outobro at number 88
Telephone number reported to be 2-30-91
No website yet apparently

New hotel in Benguela

November 29, 2010

A new 24 room Hotel, the  L’Imob hás opened in Benguela. The exact address was not reported in the news report but it is located near to the Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra, between the Nossa Senhora da Pópulo church and the Criminal Investigation Office. The three story hotel has 24 rooms spread over 3 floors, a bar, and restaurant

Novo residencial em Benguela

November 29, 2010

Longe de ser apenas um “jardim à beira-mar plantado”, Benguela afirma-se cada vez mais como palco de grandes decisões políticas, culturais e financeiras. Situado junto da Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra, entre a igreja da “Nossa Senhora da Pópulo” e a unidade de investigação criminal, “O Hotel L´Imob” reúne as condições ideais para ser o destino de eleição para grandes acontecimentos. Os respeitáveis 3 andares revelam a amplitude de um dos maiores residenciais da cidade das acácias rubras e supõem vistas para lugares privilegiados, mas o cenário fica ainda por desvendar.

“O Hotel L´Imob”, do grupo L´Imob, integrando a colecção dos estabelecimentos de luxo, apresenta-se com um amplo ‘lobby’, cujo brilho transmite uma incessante vibração luminosa. A arte de bem receber e a dedicação à satisfação dos hóspedes está estampada no rosto dos funcionários, o que faz antever uma estadia acolhedora. Leia mais…..

Why is China restoring a British railway in Angola?

September 23, 2010
Justin Rowlatt boards the Benguela Railway. Listen to his broadcast on the BBC radio progrramme From our own Correspondent
 

Angola: Over three million cases of malaria recorded in 2009

May 3, 2010

 Luanda – The co-ordinator of the Programme of Combat to Malaria, Filomeno Fortes, said this Monday in Luanda that the country registered 3.1 million cases of malaria during the year 2009, which resulted in 8,000 deaths.

The official was speaking about the situation of malaria in Angola and the national strategic plan in a forum about the role of journalists in the fight against malaria.

He said that the transmission of the disease in not uniform, having added that the central Benguela province was the most endemic of the country’s 18 provinces with 28 percent of the cases of 2009.

According to the physician, Angola has two of the most violent species of mosquito of the world, the giant anopheles mosquito and the anopheles spontaneous mosquito, which can adapt to various circumstances living inside and outside residences and can also feed from animal blood.

Angola wants to control and reduce the disease until 2015 and eradicate the disease until the year 2030.

To reach this goal, the Ministry of Health aims at reducing the cases of malaria by 60 percent, by the year 2012, and cover 80 percent of children below the age of five and pregnant women with malaria. The treatment of pregnant women through quick tests, the use of mosquito nets and an integrated control are the objectives of the Health Ministry.

In 2008, the country registered 3.45 million cases of malaria

New hotel in Lobito – Complexo TGV

April 3, 2010

A new beach hotel in Lobito has opened. Full details (in Portuguese) are in this newspaper article.  In summary, the hotel, when fully completed will have: beach chairs, large TV screen, 35 luxury bungalows – some with Jacuzi, bar, restaurant, fitness centre and  meeting room.

Complexo TGV, 
(ex-Gama Beach)
Rua Avenida Brasil, n.º 126
Compão, Lobito, Benguela
Telf.: 272 226 654; Fax: 272 226 656
geral@complexoturisticolobito.com
http://www.complexoturisticolobito.com
Bungalows: 19000 kz  to 28500 kz
Average meal price: 5000 kz

Benguela – Relief from the Cost and Chaos of Luanda

February 10, 2010

 Behold Benguela! This beach city, a 45-minute flight south of Luanda, feels like paradise compared to the Angolan capital. Traffic is reasonable, many streets are paved and free of trash, and the downtown area is largely a mix of refurbished colonial buildings and new hotels and banks. Expats and locals mingle in pleasant cafes, bars, and restaurants; they play in the surf and stroll the beach and the tree-lined promenade day and night. There’s still a plague of poverty—you’re never far from slums of homes built from mud walls and flimsy metal rooftops—but there’s a sense here that things are improving. More………….

Bradt’s Mike Stead comments on the African Cup of Nations

February 3, 2010

Mike Stead, author of Bradt’s Angola, former Deputy Head of Mission and Consul at the British Embassy in Luanda, comments on events surrounding the African Cup of Nations.

AngolaAngola’s hopes of winning serious international respect were severely blunted when the Togolese national football squad was ambushed by Cabindan terrorists just days before the African Cup of Nations football championship opened in Luanda earlier this month. Three members of the Togolese party were killed and others seriously injured in an incident that should never have happened. Just why the squad took the most dangerous overland route into Angola is not known. Various factions of FLEC (the Cabindan separatists behind the attack) have long threatened foreigners in the oil-rich enclave of Cabinda and have threatened further attacks. It would be foolhardy of any commentator to declare any country safe from terrorism, but provided visitors avoid the interior of Cabinda province, they are far more likely to come to harm in a mugging or traffic accident than be caught up in terrorist related violence.

In a show of defiance, the Cup of Nations opened on schedule and every town and village has worked itself into football frenzy with Angola’s national colours of red, black and yellow on display everywhere. If Angola wins the cup, expect the party to go on for a week. The government is using the tournament to show off the billions of dollars it has spent over the last few years on bringing the infrastructure up to scratch – new schools and hospitals, new roads, railways, hotels, upgraded airports and brand spanking new Chinese-built stadia. There’s still much to be done – you don’t heal the mental and physical wounds of nearly 30 years of armed struggle with dollars, even when they are counted in billions. Angola is opening up and becoming an easier destination for experienced businessmen and travellers alike but mass tourism is still many years away due to the difficulty of getting visas, flights and cheap hotels.

Bradt’s Angola is the only English-language guide to the country and is essential reading for all visitors and residents.

Price: £17.99
ISBN: 978 1 84162 304 7
Publication: Out Now!

Benguela – Angola’s success story

January 19, 2010

By Richard Fleming, BBC World Service Sport. Benguela is one of 18 provinces which make up Angola, and is situated on the west coast, midway down the country.

It’s a far cry from the capital city, Luanda, in which I spent my first five days on Angolan soil, and during which much time was wasted cooped-up in cars crawling along gridlocked roads, slowly cooking.

No, Benguela is much more to my liking. It’s quiet and relaxed, which is why those in Luanda with the means, rush to Benguela for a weekend getaway. The most popular of the many beaches is Praia Morena, which extends for 10km. Take my advice, though, and steer clear on Sundays – it’s heaving! Read on……………