Expedition to Rare Tribes, Deserts, and Colonial Heritage of Angola
Travel Dates: 28 July - 8 August 2022
Start in Luanda, Angola - End in Luanda, Angola
Group size: 8-10 travelers
Led by Pong - TEAM SAGA
135,000 THB (Visa included; for Thai passport holder whose visa is required)
118,400 THB (No visa included; for non-Thai passport holder who is eligible for e-visa or visa on arrival)
+12,000 THB extra for single supplement
EXTENSION: Kalandula Falls & Moon Valley
8-10 August 2022
16,650 THB (double occupancy)
+2,590 THB for single supplement
DAY 1 (28 July): Arrival in Luanda
Arrive Luanda ,Guide waiting for you at airport and check in at Hotel.
*Recommended flight for travelers from Thailand: ET619/851 Bangkok-Addis Ababa-Luanda 28 July 2022 at 01:50-12:25 (check-in on the night of 27 July 2022)
DAY 2 (29 July): Luanda - Lubango (1.5 hours by flight)
Breakfast at the hotel ,Visit of the capital of Angola with its architectural heritage, and the new buildings of the oil era. First contact with Angolan society, learning and understanding of the 30 years of civil war 1975-2005. Domestic flight that will take us to Lubango, the capital of Huila and the most important city in southern Angola. The guide will pick us up at the airport. Transfer to the hotel Quimbo do soba or similar (breakfast and dinner included)
DAY 3 (30 July): Lubango - Chomipapa - Huila - Lubango (2 hours)
After breakfast, the guide will give a talk about human migration in Africa. We will travel through the history of the first human groups, the Khoisan, hunter and gathers. And finally, the implementation of the Boer and later Portuguese settlers in the plateau of Huila. We will visit Chomipapa, rural region to the South of Lubango, inhabited by the last Khoisan groups. A Mugambue King, Bantu ethnic group. We will know both cultures and the relationship between them.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Portuguese colonial of the middle of the 19th century and the Boer group. After the visit, we will return to Lubango. (breakfast and lunch included)
DAY 4 (31 July): Lubango - Muila - Lubango (1 hour)
Today we will dedicate to the most spectacular tribe in southern Angola; the mumuila. We will visit the tribal market where the mumuilas and some handa women go, a neighboring tribe that is distinguished by the necklaces of white and green beads. After greeting the king of the mumuila ,we will continue to the town of Chibia for lunch. After that walk to the art deco church, we will go to another market to meet the mumuila of montana, who believe to animist cults . The mumuila women of montana decorate their hair with a paste (oncula) obtained with fat, crushed red stone, vegetable bark .They decorate it with shells and Beads. Their large necklaces vary in color and material according to age and marital status. they sleep with their necks supported by wooden headrests like the ancient Egyptians and some cattle-raising tribes of the Rift Valley, the hairstyles and necklaces will not damage. Return to Lubango in the afternoon .(breakfast and lunch included)
DAY 5 (1 August): Lubango - Ontitchau - Oncocua (6 hours)
Breakfast. Heading to the most isolated region of angola . Here the portuguese only arrived in 1950 for that reason the tribal groups have been preserved. We will spend 3 nights in Oncocua. It is worth it since here you will find 4 very powerful tribal groups: Dimba, Hakaona, Tua and Himba.
Picnic En route (water tuna sandwich)
stop at Dimba town (look for women with Afro hairstyle) afternoon arrival in Oncocua. paperwork with authorities and night in tents. (All meals included)
DAY 6 (2 August): Oncocua
Breakfast and visit on the go. Local guide will find out if there any ceremony or nomadic group and you will move around the area. In this area there is a caste system where the Himbas ( are at the highest point of the social scale), the Hakaonas are goatherds and below the Himbas and also below all the Tuas, ancient gatherers and hunters.They are fascinating towns that are worth discovering
Night in tents (All meals included)
DAY 7 (3 August): Oncocua - Cahama - Lubango (6 hours)
Breakfast , Route back to Lubango. Lunch in the small town of Cahama.
Afternoon arrival in Lubango. Hotel Quimbo (breakfast and lunch included)
DAY 8 (4 August): Lubango - Caraculo - Giraul - Namibe (3 hours)
Breakfast and route to Namibe, main port of southern angola and interesting colonial center. Stop at the Caraculo settlement, curious project of the salazar dictatorship (1947) and visit the oasis of giraul to meet the community of llha mungongo (beautiful views from here) when we arrive in Namibe ,we will take the opportunity to visit the city, its historic center, and strolling on foot. Overnight at HotelIU
(breakfast and picnic lunch included)
DAY 9 (5 August): Namibe - Iona coast - Namib desert - Curoca - Arco (2 hours)
Breakfast and explore the desert, its fragile and unknown ecosystems and the human culture . We will pass through the oasis of Curoca and Arco before having lunch in Tombwa, a colonial port with shipyards still active. The dune tour and we will return to Namibe to spend the night.
(breakfast and picnic lunch included)
DAY 10 (6 August): Iona coast - Tchitundo Hulo (3 hours)
Breakfast, Go to the heart of the Mucubal territory, the last tribe to be subdued by the Portuguese colonial administration in 1936. We will arrive at Virei, the administrative center of the region. Visit the animist cemetery and visit the cave paintings of Tchitundo Hulo , More than 20,000 years old. Easy 20-minute walk to the area where the paintings and engravings are found on the granite rocks. After the visit, picnic and afternoon visit Mucubal villages, a nomadic desert ethnic group.
Night in tents (All meals included)
Day 11 (7 August): Tchitundo Hulo - Namibe - Garganta - Lubango (3 hours) - Luanda (1.5 hours by flight)
Breakfast. Route to Namibe and from there we will continue to the gorge, an old Portuguese settlement with a train station. we will meet the last traditional Angolan ethnic group of this trip: the Nguendelengos. a minority group (approximately 300 individuals) dedicated to goat herding and hunting. Highlights is the beautiful hairstyle of woman . After visiting this tribe, we will continue to Lubango.
lunch and we will go to the Lubango airport. Flight to luanda. Arrive luanda airport and go directly to the hotel. Hotel llha mar (breakfast included)
Day 12 (8 August): Depart from Luanda
Breakfast and visit to the viewpoint. Stop at the artisan market on the way back. After lunch we will go to the airport and back home. (breakfast included)
*Recommended flight for travellers flying back to Thailand: ET850/608 Luanda-Addis Ababa-Bangkok on 8 August 2022 at 13:50-13:30 (+1 day)
Day 12 (8 August): LUANDA – KALANDULA FALLS (5h)
Breakfast. Drive to Kalandula region, home to the second largest waterfalls in Africa after
Victoria. Accommodation: Roteiro Hotel or similar (breakfast included)
Day 13 (9 August): KALANDULA FALLS – LUANDA (5h)
Breakfast. Morning excursion to Kalandula Falls. We can go down to the base to admire this
spectacle of nature. After the photo session, we will drive back to Luanda. Accommodation:
Hotel Ilha Mar or similar. (breakfast included)
Day 14 (10 August): LUANDA - MOON VALLEY - FLIGHT HOME
After breakfast we will visit the Mirador de la Luna and stop at the arts and crafts market on our
way back, near the slavery museum (usually closed). After lunch at the Ilha neighborhood,
transfer to the airport. (breakfast included)
- All transfers
- Domestic flight Luanda-Lubango-Luanda
- Thai-English speaking guide from TEAM SAGA
- Local guide for tribal areas
- Minibus with A/C and 4x4 vehicle in some tribal areas (3 clients per car)
- Accommodation according to itinerary
- Camping material (except the sleeping bag)
- Cook during camping days
- Meal plan according to itinerary
- Mineral water
- Visits and excursions mentioned in the itinerary
- Tickets to the places detailed in the itinerary (museums, natural parks, towns, etc.)
- Payments for taking pictures in the tribes
- International flight
- Travel insurance
- Meals and beverages not specified
- Tips for guides and drivers
- PCR tests if required
- Any service not indicated in the section includes
Saga club discount: You are automatically offered our club membership after your first expedition. The following discount applies: 3% on 2nd trip, 5% on 3rd trip, 7% on 4th trip or 10% all after. This cannot be combined with the early bird discount.
Payment & Deposit:
50% deposit payment is required for reserving your spots
Balance payment is due 60 days before the departure date. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of booking.
If the booking is made within 60 days of departure date, full payment is required.
In any case of cancellation, 20% of the deposit payment is refundable or the whole amount can be kept as credits for any other Saga expeditions within 2 years of the cancellation date.
In any case of cancellation, if full payment is made, a full refund will be issued minus a 10% cancellation fee and any cost to the third parties.
If the cancellation is due to COVID19, a full refund will be issued minus any cost incurred. We always attempt to maximize the refund for our client’s benefit!
In the event of premature departure during the expedition for any reason, no refund will be issued.
All of our expeditions take you through one of the most challenging roads in the world. While the Saga team endeavors to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate agenda of activities rather than a rigid schedule. Trip itineraries are subject to last-minute, and on-the-ground revision due to weather, road conditions, government and local restrictions, and other reasons beyond our control. Note that the order of visits and excursions can be modified according to local conditions (i.e. state of roads, market days etc.). If some visits and/or tours could not be done due to external conditions, they will be replaced when possible. Your safety is always our first priority!