Big ethnic expedition to 9 traditional tribes of Angola

ANGOLA

June 10 to 22, 2022
Tour Angola

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Country full of contrasts, with desert giant dunes, stunning rivers, misty mountains and impenetrable jungles, that has huge diversity of traditional tribes barely known to the outside world. Angola's path to international exposure has just began, and our ethnic expedition have unique chance to immerse into indigenous cultures of 9 most fascinating tribes of Angola, including iconic Himba, Muila, Hakaona, Cubal, Ngendelengo and San Bushmen.

Country full of contrasts, with desert giant dunes, stunning rivers, misty mountains and impenetrable jungles, that has huge diversity of traditional tribes barely known to the outside world. Angola's path to international exposure has just began, and our ethnic expedition have unique chance to immerse into indigenous cultures of 9 most fascinating tribes of Angola, including iconic Himba, Muila, Hakaona, Cubal, Ngendelengo and San Bushmen.

SCHEDULE & COST:

Dates: June 10 to 22, 2022

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights

Number of participants: 6 – 12

Cost per person:
• 2 750 EUR subject to 10 participants,
• 2 950 EUR subject to 8 participants,
• 3 150 EUR subject to 6 participants.

10% early booking discount (in case you book before February 11, 2022)

Everything is included (also all domestic flights and full board) except for:
- international flight to Luanda roundtrip,
- medical insurance,
- Angola visa (to be obtained in advance on your own in Angola embassy at USD 100 or on arrival in Luanda with mandatory preliminary arrangement of entry permit at USD 120 in total).

Estimated cost of flight Moscow – Luanda – Moscow: EUR 800 – 900 (Usually bought on your own, we consult you).

Single supplement: EUR 420 (single supplement provided along the whole route)




TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO ANGOLA


Day 1. June 10, 2022. LUANDA MOON MIRADOR (2 h drive)

Arrival at Luanda International Airport. Reception of the group by the guide. Quick lunch and excursion to the Moon Mirador at 1 h towards the south of Luanda. Back to the capital. Transfer to the Hotel Ilha Mar or similar near the colonial neighborhood. Overnight.
* Recommended flight ET-851 with Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa, arrival in Luanda at 12:50 pm on June 10.
Meals included: lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Ilha Mar or similar


Day 2. June 11, 2022. LUANDA – LUBANGO

Breakfast. 30-minute talk on Luanda's architectural styles: Colonial (S-XVI-XIX), Art Deco (1920-1950) and Modern Tropical (1950-1975). Urban circuit to photograph the most emblematic buildings of these 3 styles: Housing in the Heroes Cubanos Square, Mercaderes Street, Palacio de Ferro, Grande Universo Hotel, and Marginal façade. Lunch and at the indicated time, we will transfer to the airport to take a domestic flight from TAAG to Lubango, the main city in the South. The flight will take 1h30m.
Arrival in the South of Angola, the city of Lubango, meeting with guides and our jeeps, transfer to the hotel Kimbo do Soba Lodge or similar. Dinner and overnight.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Kimbo do Soba Lodge or similar


Day 3. June 12, 2022. LUBANGO – PLAIN MUILA TRIBE – CHIBIA – MOUNTAIN MUILA TRIBE (3 h drive)

Breakfast. Chat with the guide about the day's visits. This day will be dedicated to Muila, or Mumuhuila tribe (where prefix "mu" to any name of the tribe means "people"), living on agriculture and cattle breeding. We will travel to Kamuviu Valley, heart of the Plain Muila country. We will present ourselves to the local authorities and visit the town. The Plain Muila are a Bantu-speaking agro-livestock tribe. Plain Muila women profusely decorate their hair with clay and glass beads and they wear thick necklaces of mollusks and beads that indicate their marital status and social status. After the visit, we will move to the western mountains to visit the Mountain Muila. It is a sub- group of the Plain Muila who migrated to more mountainous areas of the west to better preserve their culture from the Portuguese colonization. On the way, we will make a stop in Chibia, an old colonial city, and we will make a walk through its streets. Lunch and route to a market where we can observe the Mountan Muila women. In these types of markets, it is possible to buy traditional dolls, fabrics and wooden headrests. After the visit, we will drive to a small Mountain Muila community and spend the night with them.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Day 4. June 13, 2022. MUKUMA – GAMBUE OF CHOMIPAPA– SAN BUSHMEN (2 h drive)

Breakfast. Morning pictures with young and old Muila women (also men but more westernized). After farewell from our hosts, drive to Chomipapa area. Here we will meet Serrao, Gambue traditional leader to know about local culture, walk around the village and meet the older women, keepers of the old ways. In the afternoon we will drive to a San Bushmen settlement to meet Angola's (and probably world's!) oldest tribe. They still hunt small antelopes and rabbits and gather wild fruits. Their culture has changed a lot due to the pressure of cattle breeders' tribes and mining companies but the tribe is still surviving near the rocky hills of the area. We will camp near the San community.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Day 5. June 14, 2022. SAN BUSHMEN – DIMBA – ONCOCUA (6 h drive)

Breakfast, farewell at San village and reach Oncocua town after a long drive through the bush. Before reaching the urban center we will stop in a Dimba village. Camp in Maria's place (European toilette) and cold drinks. Afternoon walk around this small town, settled by the Portuguese in the 1940s decade. It seems like time has stopped here. In the local market of this city, a variety of tribal groups gather to buy food.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Day 6. June 15, 2022. ONCOCUA (HIMBA, HAKAONA, DIMBA and TUA TRIBES)

Breakfast and full day of tribal immersion. The area is inhabited by four traditional Bantu tribes. Three cattle herders: Dimba, Hakaona, and Himba and one small group of hunter gatherers, the Tua that tive in the sacred mountains of Oncocua and imitate the dressing style of the Himba. Tua live quite poorly, but in their features you can see the pride of Himba, and the decorations of the Hakaonas.
There is a complex cast system in this remote area of Angola. The guide will explain this system that has disappeared in most parts of Africa. Drive to remote shores of Cunene River (natural border with Namibia). Enjoy virgin ecosystem and meet semi-nomadic Himba in the area.
Himba (Muhiba) – one of the most famous tribes of Africa, who also live in Namibia. Despite the European influence, Himba continue wearing traditional clothes and rub the skin with animal fat and red powder, which looks very impressive. Himba are cattle breeders, which makes them one of the richest tribes of Angola.
The less influential neighbors of Himba – Hakaona (or black Himba) also own cattle, wear bead jewelry and honor their traditional healers.
Dimba (Mudimba) hairstyles are different from the hairstyles of other tribes, for example, women with young children have amazing afro hairstyles, resembling those of Melanesian tribes. Each hairstyle is a piece of art and a unique feature of this African tribe.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Day 7. June 16, 2022. ONCOCUA – CAHAMA – LUBANGO (6 h drive)

Breakfast and farewell from Oncocua. Drive to Cahama. Lunch in a local restaurant and continue to Lubango.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Kimbo do Soba Lodge or similar


Day 8. June 17, 2022. LUBANGO – IONA DESERT – NAMIBE (4 h drive)

Breakfast and descent towards Iona Desert. Drive down along the famous Serra de Leba pass towards the Atlantic Coast and the city of Namibe. Nice desert scenery. Here we can see the part of Iona National Park. Iona National Park is a continuation of the Namib Desert, and includes unique plants (such as Welwitschia) and very few rare animals, most of them were vanished by the war.
Arrival in Namibe (urban walking tour around Namibe art decó cinema). If time permits, evening photographing of fishermen in the town of Tombua. Tombua has long been the largest fishing port. Overnight in the hotel.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Infotour Hotel or similar


Day 9. June 18, 2022. NAMIBE – VIREI (CUBAL TRIBE) (3 h drive)

Breakfast and drive to Virei to meet nomadic Cubal tribe. With local guide in Virei we will find a nomadic settlement of Cubal herders and spend the whole day with them. High and stubborn Cubal are engaged in cattle breeding, agriculture and coal mining. Girls of this tribe grind their front teeth and remove their lower ones, while women wear very large square hats, but switch out clothes for a simple rope that covers their breasts a little. Some of the headdresses of Cubal women are made from the tails of 12 cows sewn together and decorated with shells.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Day 10. June 19, 2022. VIREI – NAMIBE (3 h drive)

Breakfast and last hours with Cubal tribe. Farewell from this beautiful wild territory. Visit Cubal cemetery in Virei and continue to Namibe for the night.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Infotour Hotel or similar


Day 11. June 20, 2022. NAMIBE – GARGANTA (ngendelengo tribe) (3 h drive)

Breakfast. Drive to Leba Mountains. Stop in Garganta hamlet to meet our last tribe, the Ngendelengo, with interesting wooden storage constructions and some of the younger women showing a beautiful hairdo, characteristic of this ethnic minority. The size of this tribe is gradually declining, making it the last representative of groups speaking the rare dialect of Nuaneca. They live by goat farming, hunting and gathering. Drive to a remote valley in the middle of the forested mountains. Meet the tribe and camp.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tents


Day 12. June 21, 2022. GARGANTA – BIBALA – LUBANGO – LUANDA (2 h drive)

Breakfast and farewell from our hosts. Drive to Lubango through Serra da Leba sinuous road. Lunch in Bibala colonial town. Reach Lubango and visit Tunda Vala panoramic views. Dinner and evening flight to Luanda.
* Depending on the flight schedule, it can also be regular flight from Lubango to Luanda early morning on the next day, on June 22, with the overnight on June 21 in Lubango at Kimbo do Soba Lodge or similar.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Ilha Mar or similar in Luanda (or Kimbo do Soba Lodge or similar in Lubango)


Day 13. June 22, 2022. LUANDA – FLIGHT HOME

Breakfast. In the Slavery Museum area we can take a morning tour of the market handmade. Before noon transfer to the airport. Flight back home.
* Recommended flight ET-850 with Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa, departure from Luanda at 13:50 on June 22, arrival in Addis Ababa at 20:55 pm.
Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: no

Cost includes:

• Domestic flight tickets Luanda – Lubango – Luanda
• All transports, transfers to and from the airport
• Transportation from day 2 to day 12: in a/c 4x4 vehicles, with 1 participant in front and 2 participants on the rare seat.
• Transportation in Luanda: a/c minibus (for up to 6 participants) or a/c coaster bus (for 7-12 participants)
• Petrol and toll gates
• full board meals (3 times a day) along the route
• Mineral water
• Accommodation in hotels, based on double bed rooms
• Camping equipment: tents, mattresses, cooking stuff, cutlery (except sleeping bag)
• English speaking driver and guide
• Cook during the camping days
• Russian-speaking and English-speaking team leader Mzungu
• All travel permits
• Visits to the tribes and excursions, financial support of local communities/tribes
• Visa support



Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):

• international flights
• international medical insurance
• Tourist visa of Angola purchased in advance in the embassy of Angola on your own or upon arrival in the airport of Luanda with preliminary entry permit arrangement (up to you)
• Drinks other than mineral water and personal expenses
• Tipping guides and drivers
• single accommodation
• Any service not mentioned in "Cost includes" section




To take with:

- sets of clothes suitable for the weather conditions, including lightweight clothes (shorts, T-shorts), and one set of warm clothes (hoody or light jacket), long sleeve clothes
- sun hat/panama
- swimwear
- raincoat
- comfortable trekking footwear, light footwear (sneakers)
- sleeping bag for warm weather
- mosquito net for sleeping place (is a must!)
- personal hygiene items (towel, wet tissues, soap)
- sunblock set (cream, spray)
- sunglasses
- big backpack for stuff (up to 80 l)
- small backpack for radial walks (25 – 30 l)
- head torch
- individual medical kit (analgesics, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydration, court plaster, your personal medications)
- malaria prevention pills (up to you to decide but recommended)
- yellow fever certificate (is a must!)
- certificate with negative result of PCR coronavirus test might be needed (to be clarified before departure)
- various repellents (is a must!)
- favorite meals (chocolate, nuts)
- photo and video camera, tripod
- powerbank, batteries

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