Angola was one of our shorter visits in Africa. That was not due to lack of interest, but lack of approved visas. We were travelling with three privately owned (one self-built) overland vehicles, and twelve dirty travellers from six different countries on four continents. We were disappointed in Democratic Republic of Congo when we were unable to attain more than a five day transit visa for Angola…. It was a nearly impossible feat to cover the distance necessary to drive from D.R.C. to Namibia in that time frame. But we had no choice but to try, because Angola laid between us and our goal of circumnavigating Africa!
Beauty all around to behold in Angola
Bumpy, dirt “highways” are common throughout Angola
A broken tank from the recent war in Angola
A very quiet market stall to buy lunch
Happy, cheerful faces always there to greet us.
Mortar potholes from the recent war in Angola make it so much more real!
Within seconds of stopping we caused a traffic jam.
African watering hole
Slightly unexpected and calming.
Carrying loads on their heads is the norm in Africa.
Our campsite view at Luanda’s harbour.
More great scenery on our hasty journey.
Gorgeous Angola countryside
Angola Reserve Bank (BNA) Luanda.
Angolan villages and views as we cross the country.
A beautiful misty morning in Angola.
Our little group with our surprise arrivals always caused quite a stir in the small towns.
Wash day by the river.
This is why I love overland trips… you get to see all of the beauty.
There were many scary bridges to cross throughout Angola and Africa.
Lovely ladies carrying their loads.
You have to love the colour of the ground and those little cuties.
Yes that is a fire inside the truck. Everything is possible in Africa.
Back view of Kees’ truck. Always curious faces to greet us when we stop.
Bags of peat moss for sale.
Luanda, the capital city of Angola
This young man would rather carry his shoes than wear them, surprisingly a common sight in Africa.
Learning at a young age to carry very heavy loads.
Our flooded camping area.
In just five LONG days, we covered 2,000km in a big yellow truck with a max-out speed of 90km/hr on some of the worst roads in Africa. The roads were often so full of crater-sized potholes that we resorted to driving on the side of the road through the dirt and bushes instead! When we reached Namibia, still in one piece after the long haul, we rejoiced with sand-filled smiles!
The Dirty Dozen!!! Happy to finally arrive in NAMIBIA!
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