30 September 2009

Organised tours in Angola

The British Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) office just updated its travel advice for Angola. The Southern African country will hold the 2010 African Cup of Nations (CAN) and therefore the FCO is advising against independent travel to Angola.
"If you plan to visit Angola for the CAN, you should do so in the company of persons or organisation experienced in local conditions, as conditions can be difficult and dangerous. Transport and accommodation are extremely limited, so make arrangements in advance. There will be exceptional demand for accommodation during the CAN period." (src.: FCO)

Angolan Southern Explorer
Duration: 15 days
Persons: min (6) max (12)
Accommodation: Mixed
Activities: 4x4 Driving, Desert Tours, Fishing, Game Drives, Rock Paintings, Cultural Tours

With an emphasis on a cultural experience our Angolan Southern Explorer builds on the success of previous tours in the south of the country with plenty of opportunity to meet remote tribal people, totally untouched by the outside world and whose way of life has remain unchanged for centuries. Previous clients have already described the trip as being amongst there greatest travel experiences anywhere.
Although this is very much a trip for the pioneering traveller, you will be rewarded with many fascinating encounters with the local people who have no concept of tourism. Much of the journey will be off road and the distances will be long. Due to the remoteness of the area we have no alternative but to camp.

Angolan Coastal Explorer
Country: Angola
Duration: 13 days
Persons: min (6) max (12)
Accommodation: Mixed
Activities: 4x4 Driving, Cultural Tours, Desert Tours, Game Viewing, Quad Biking

The Coastal Explorer is the latest edition to our growing programme of Angolan tours. Hugging the stunning coastline our journey south from the vibrant capital, Luanda is based on stays at comfortable lodges and hotels, as well as some camping before reaching our final destination, the pleasant city of Lubango. Travellers will have the chance to discover deserted beaches, charming colonial towns, national parks and a desert landscape, best explored by quad bike that is even more spectacular than Namibia’s famous Skeleton Coast.

Angolan Beach Adventure
Country: Angola
Duration: 9 days
Persons: min (2)
Accommodation: Mixed
Activities: 4x4 Driving, Cultural Tours, Desert Tours

Our Beach Adventure is an opportunity to explore Angola, Southern Africa's final frontier. A spectacular land of stunning natural wonders and a people of broad smiles and big hearts.
The Angola Beach Adventure is ideal for those not wishing to travel overland, yet want to get a feel for the country, possibly with the view to going back and doing something a little more challenging next time. Although based at the comfortable Flamingo Lodge, on the country’s Atlantic coast, this is still a pioneering trip of adventure and discovery. Even getting to Flamingo is an adventure in itself. Our drive from Lubango, at 1,300m, is via the breathtaking Lebba Pass down to the Atlantic coast, before a 40km drive along a deserted beach before reaching the lodge. Once at Flamingo we take in some incredible desert scenery and a visit to a nearby sandstone canyon. Excellent sea fishing is also available and trips can be arranged locally.
Flamingo Lodge is situated in a scenic setting against low cliffs on the beach near the mouth of the dry Rio dos Flamingo. This area of coast is at the northern extent of the Namib Desert and is practically devoid of other tourist activity. Flamingo Lodge consists of seven rustic bungalows with comfortable beds, showers and flushing toilets.

Angola - Northern Explorer
Country: Angola
Duration: 10 days
Persons: min (6) max (12)
Accommodation: Hotel
Game Parks: Kissama NP (Angola)

Our Northern Explorer samples the very best of Angola; from the vibrant capital Luanda to remote waterfalls, stunning landscapes scattered with coffee plantations, a fabulous coastal drive as well as a stop at Kissama Game Park. Although still pioneering and including a lot of travel over some of the worst roads in Africa, this tour will appeal to those looking for a slightly softer adventure. Being a hotel based trip; with no camping this is the perfect way to discover a hidden and most remarkable corner of Angola.

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