School breaks usually mean that most expats leave Angola either to go back home or visit neighbouring countries like South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique or Sao Tome. We actually, had organised to go skiing in France but unfortunately our plan fell through. So, we decided to go on a little tour down South and visit what Angola has to offer!
Let’s face it, Angola is probably not your first choice when it comes to holidays, and you’ll probably never make it here unless you’re visiting someone or you’re on a business trip. Still, I thought it would be nice to show you what it looks like!
We decided to go to Namibe, around 780 kilometres from Luanda and spend a few days at the Flamingo Lodge, a quiet and very scenic lodge, situated on the beach near the mouth of the dry Rio dos Flamingos. Perfect escapade to disconnect from the hectic and noisy city life. The best way to visit a country is still by car so off we went South.
DAY 1: Luanda – Lobito 500kms
After a bit more than 6 hours we arrived in Lobito, which means little wolf in Portuguese. We had booked rooms in this historical hotel, called Hotel Terminus unfortunately it’s undergoing renovation so we had to stay in the new, more modern accommodations. It was really nice to see another aspect of Angola, one with no noise, no traffic, no stress. We could stroll around the neighbourhood, take photographs and watch the sunset while sipping a local beer!
A FEW FACTS about Lobito
- The city was founded by the Portuguese in 1843 on a sandpit.
- The hotel dates back to 1906. At first it was just a restaurant that was catering for the Benguela Railways Company, linking Angola to the actual Democratic Republic of Congo (then a Belgian colony).
- The hotel was inaugurated in 1932 and remained very much linked to the Railways Company which was the main transportation system between Congo, Angola and Northern Rhodesia (actual Zambia).
Here are a some Art Deco buildings found in Lobito.
After a little tanning session by the pool followed by a nice meal of freshly caught and grilled lobster, we were off to bed, ready for the next chapter of our Angolan Getaway!!!