Posts Tagged ‘Malanje’

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


Nasce a primeira cria da palanca negra gigante, após redescoberta da espécie em Angola

June 19, 2011
A primeira cria das Palancas Negras isoladas no Santuário (zona vedada de 400 hectares), do Parque Nacional da Cangandala, Província de Malange, já nasceu, informou o Engenheiro Florestal e Biólogo Pedro Vaz Pinto, em entrevista exclusiva a RTP África, recentemente.
Pedro Vaz Pinto, disse que, a tão esperada cria nasceu em Junho de 2010, e há dados não muito certos, mas que indicam já o nascimento de uma segunda cria. Mais……

Parque Nacional da Cangandala um paraíso inexplorado

April 24, 2011

A reportagem deste jornal procurava nesta visita, que se revelou depois uma verdadeira odisseia, relatar a vida animal no Parque da Cangandala e, quiçá, trazer retratos fotográficos dos animais exclusivos da fauna angolana.

Dada por praticamente extinta, a Palanca Negra Gigante ressurgiu, na verdade, com o alcance da paz, através de um esforço do Governo, que disponibilizou fundos para a sua localização e circunscrevê-la num santuário onde pudesse ser acompanhado todo o seu processo de reprodução e manter viva a espécime única. O reencontro com o animal pode também considerar-se um ganho da paz.

Também era propósito ver até que ponto há o estímulo de visitas a este importante parque, já que abundam curiosos por avistar a grande mascote e orgulho de instituições como a selecção nacional sénior de futebol e a companhia aérea de bandeira, a TAAG. Leia mais…….

Giant Sable Antelope update

February 26, 2011

Read Pedro Vaz Pinto’s latest report from Cangandala on the Angola Field Group’s Giant Sable page

Fantastic photos of new Luanda/Malanje train. Fotos fantásticos do novo comboio

February 19, 2011

Many thanks to Mitsu for forwarding these fantastic photos of the new Luanda/Malanje train

Muito obrigado a Mitsu por ter mandado estes fotos fantásticos do novo comboio Luanda /Malanje

 O comboio volta a apitar em Malanje

Changes to the Luanda/Malanje train timetable

February 2, 2011

CFL (Caminho de Ferro de Luanda) has announced changes to the timetable for passenger trains between Luanda and Malanje. The new timetable has trains leaving Viana station at 0500 on Mondays (Express service), Wednesdays (stopping service) and Fridays (Express service). Trains leave Malanje at 0730 for the return journey on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. No trains will run on Saturdays.

The Express service will have stops of 20 minutes in N’dalatando and 10 minute stops in Lucala, Cacuso and Lombe.

Tickets are available for sale in Muceques, Viana, N’dalatando and Malanje stations.  Tickets for the stopping service cost 1500 Kwanzas.  Express tickets are 2000 or 7000 for first class.

As the train service is so new, please check the latest times with CFL before planning your journey

Brilliant news: The Luanda/Malanje railway is now back in operation

January 13, 2011

The Luanda (Viana) / Ndalatando/ Malanje train route has reopened after an interval of over 18 years. The trains are brand-new Chinese built locos. The carriages are equipped with an entertainment system, restaurant and on-board police.

 There are two services – Comboio Expresso or Comboio Inter-Estações.

The Expresso service leaves Viana station at 0500 every Tuesday and Thursday and arrives in Malanje 423Kms away some 9 or 10 hours later. The only stop is at Ndalatando for 30 minutes. The service returns from Malanje to Viana every Wednesday and Saturday leaving at 07:30. Tickets cost 2000 Kwanzas and include 40kgs of hand baggage, breakfast and a copy of the Jornal de Angola. The Expresso can carry 329 passengers.

 The Comboio Inter-Estações runs a once a week service stopping at all stations for 10 minutes. Viana to Malanje is on Saturdays, leaving at 0500 and the return journey is on Sundays leaving at 07:30 Journey time to Malanje will be at least 12 hours and costs 1500 Kwanzas. The price includes 40 kgs of hand baggage and breakfast. This train has a capacity of 466 passengers.

All passengers for both services are required to arrive two hours before the departure time. Tickets are put on sale two days in advance and are available from Viana, Musseques, N’Dalatando and Malanje railway stations. ID must be shown in order to purchase tickets. Tickets must be bought in advance as they cannot be bought on the train. Tickets are valid for specified trains and are not refundable in the event of the passenger not travelling. Passengers found on the train without tickets will be asked to pay a fine and are liable to be put off at the next stop and handed into the police.

Hand baggage above 40kgs is charged at 20 Kwanzas per kilo. Accompanied baggage must be delivered one day before travelling and the price is 10 Kwanzas per kilo up to 500 kg.

 The information above has been gleaned from various press reports so travellers are advised to check all the details before making arrangements to travel by train.

Luanda/Malanje train line to begin regular service in January

December 28, 2010

A trip on the newly refurbished Luanda/Malanje railway which opens its passenger service on 13 January 2011 will cost 1000 Kwanzas or 2000 Kwanzas for the Expresso Service. The service can carry 400 passengers. The railway line had been closed for 18 years due to the armed conflict and a Chinese company has just completed renovating 424 km of track and building 20 new stations.


TAAG flies to Malanje again

December 28, 2010

TAAG Angolan airlines reports that it will begin flights to Malanje from 28  December. There will be 4 flights a week between Luanda and Malanje.  Thursdays and Sundays the route will be Luanda/Malange/Saurimo and Saurimo/Luanda. Wednesdays and Saturdays the route will be  Luanda/Saurimo/Malange/Luanda.

TAAG retoma voos para Malange

December 28, 2010


Luanda – A TAAG, linhas aéreas de Angola, informou hoje (terça-feira), em Luanda, que vai retomar os voos para a cidade de Malange na terça-feira, dia 28 de Dezembro, em voo especial que partirá de Luanda às 10H00.

 A companhia nacional de bandeira, refere num comunicado enviado à Angop, que a partir de cinco de Janeiro de 2011, as cidades de Luanda e Malange ficarão ligadas por quatro voos semanais. As quintas-feiras e aos domingos a rota será Luanda/Malange/Saurimo e Saurimo/Luanda. Já as quartas e aos sábados, com partida às 10 horas, o percurso será Luanda/Saurimo/Malange/Luanda.

Malange sobre carris

December 6, 2010

E, de repente, o tempo de espera se esfuma. O comboio chegou a Malange, o CFL tem agora o seu percurso completo.

Está aberta a via férrea que marcará o incremento nas idas e vindas entre Luanda e Malange. Gentes e mercadorias com alternativas aos autocarros, camiões e táxis. E que alternativa! Com o comboio serão toneladas de mercadorias a transitar para um e outro lado, serão centenas de pessoas de cada vez. Leia mais…..

Explosive remnants of war still kill in Angola

October 10, 2010

A  tragic reminder that explosive remnants of war continue to kill innocent people in Angola. This newspaper article (in Portuguese) recounts the story of 4 young children who were killed when playing with an explosive device they had found. The area had been de-mined but was still considered a suspect area due to unexploded munitions. The incident occurred 18km from the provincial capital of Malanje.

Angola : Demining field trip. 31 October to 2 November 2010

October 7, 2010

The Angola Field Group has been invited by Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA) to get a firsthand look at demining out in the field. Slowly but surely no-go areas are being cleared in the countryside but demining and clearing explosive remnants of war, still remains a big challenge facing Angola. You can download two background info PDFs at the end of the original post – see link below.

We will ‘suit up’ and join an NPA demining team in Malange, the province where this NGO is based. They will show us how mines are cleared manually and mechanically and teach us all about mine action. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we thank NPA for making this possible.  Full details……

Angola’s railways back on track

September 17, 2010

Louise Redvers. BBC News

After decades out of use, Angola’s war-shattered railways are coming back to life with new trains, tracks and stations. The first section to open fully will be the 424km (263 miles) Luanda to Malange route, taking people and freight from the capital up into Angola’s agriculture-rich central north-eastern region. Already operating a peak-hour 30km (19-mile) commuter service between central Luanda and its eastern suburbs, the trains will soon be running the full length of the railway, linking previously isolated rural communities with provincial capitals. Full report……..

Angolan minister confirms that the black sable antelope is breeding

August 29, 2010

Luanda – The Angolan Environment minister, Maria de Fátima Jardim, Friday in Luanda confirmed the birth of nine young black sable antelopes, in Luando Reserve, northern Malanje province.

The minister confirmed this while speaking at the opening ceremony of the first meeting of Supervising Committee for Conservation Project of Black Sable Antelope, during which she said that the referred species include a male and eight females.

Luanda : Saving the Giant Sable Antelope – documentary preview

May 8, 2010

The Luanda Field Group invites you to a sneak preview of the documentary film entitled Saving the Giant Sable Antelope, at the Viking Club, Thursday May 13th, at 8 PM*. Shot live on location in Cangangala National Park and the Luando Reserve over a seven month period, culminating in the capture operation last August to rescue Angola’s giant sable from imminent extinction, the film runs approximately 85 minutes and will be presented in English in full high definition. Check the Luanda Field Group website for full details.

A história da Baixa de Kassanje

December 31, 2009

A incursão aos meandros do município do Quela, referenciado como o berço da revolta da Baixa de Kassanje, trouxe a lume revelações que contrariam, de certa forma, as informações correntes sobre o massacre ali ocorrido em Janeiro de 1961. Mais…………….

Sugar returns to Angola

October 27, 2009

For the last 30 years, the African nation of Angola has imported all of its sugar. Sugar cane used to be a thriving business in the nation, but the development of the oil industry and civil wars drove that industry out of the country. Now, in an attempt to create new jobs, revive the agricultural community, decentralize industry beyond Luanda, and get involved in alternative fuel sources, 30,000 hectares of land in the province of Malanje have been slated for new sugar cane crop development in Angola. Read the full story…………