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This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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This trip was something special: an adventure for the crew as well as for us. We really felt like we were blazing a new trail. It was a fantastic road trip through immense isolated landscapes in Angola and excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities in Namibia. The bush camping was great, the food was delicious (expect to put on weight!) and the daily drives covered such a variety of scenery and road conditions that it was never boring.
What can I say! This was the best trip I’ve been on. Being out there in near wilderness, on roads seldom travelled, and seeing no other tourists until about two days before the end of the trip!
Our group leader and the two other driver/guides were amazing! Considering they had not met each other before this trip, they worked together like a well-oiled machine: keeping us on the road, reassuring us if there were problems and keeping us fed! Their combined experience and knowledge was invaluable: Cristiano is Angolan – his Portuguese was vital; George had previously worked at Etosha National Park and knows the place well. Lucky, our group leader, was calm, very informative and an excellent cook. He is a great tour leader who is highly respected by his crew and passengers. I don’t think any of us felt like we were just another group passing through.
Take warm clothes, even if you may not need them – it was one degree Celsius when we arrived in Windhoek and there are several changes in altitude during the trip, but it does get very hot as well. Also, it might be an idea to take copies of the papers sent for the visa application, just in case they are asked for again at the border. You may also need to prove you have a decent amount of money when crossing the border. Spare camera batteries and spares for your spares!
Yes – like Chris said – just go for it! If you are prepared for full days of slow bone-shaking driving on rough roads, very basic but remarkably comfortable and relaxing camping conditions, unpredictable border crossings, not seeing anyone else for days, and don’t mind being dirty for a while, don’t miss this trip!
[Also – all our reviews were written in September 2014, not June as it says above them – we really did write them AFTER our trip!]
An amazing journey, by 4WD vehicles, through Northern Namibia, into Angola and back again. Most of the time in Angola was spent bumping and lurching along on tracks which barely qualify as roads, through utter wilderness and extraordinary changing landscapes, seeing almost no other vehicles at all and only occasional villages. The shock of driving on tarmac or arriving in a city (Lubango) after that was strange and immense. We all just wanted to be back in the bush, away from people and traffic and off-road again! We drove through national parks in both countries (Iona in Angola, Etosha in Namibia), with game viewing only a reality in Namibia because the Angolan parks were decimated by the long war and have not recovered yet. We saw fascinating tribal villages and peoples along the way. We had lunch in the middle of lake Arco (Angola) because no rain for 4 years meant it was completely dry! We loved the camping and being in a lodge for the last night felt weird. Bush camping more fun than when we were in established sites! Our loo and (sometimes) shower rigged up by the tour guide often afforded wonderful views while abluting!
There were too many inspirational moments to mention. The drive up the Leba pass, the views from the top of the Tundavala, the bush camping, our first bush camp shower (all in Angola), the company, the massive massive empty landscapes, the group of 45 elephants at a watering hole just after getting into Etosha national park (Namibia), the combination of rhino, orix, kudu, impala, springbok, warthogs, elephant and bustards at another watering hole, the giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, lions and cheetah all spotted around Etosha, the view from the Waterberg plateau (Namibia) at sunrise, camping on the beach by the atlantic in Angola, barbecued orix fillets etc etc. More than anything, the fact that we were the first group in 7 years to do a trip crossing from Namibia into Angola and back in this way and that we saw no other tourists at all during the whole time in Angola made us feel like privileged pioneers. And that made our guides the envy of the other guides we met once back in Namibia so we were really proud for them too!
Our group leader, Lucky, was quite simply exceptional in every way. Massively knowledgeable about the history, politics and economics of Namibia and Angola (and there's a lot of it in light of colonialism, more recent wars and struggles for independence etc), about the flora and fauna we saw, about tribal life etc. He was a fantastic cook and we ate brilliantly all the way through. He was accompanied by 2 fantastic drivers - one for our vehicle (George), one for the back-up vehicle that carried most of the kit and luggage (Cristiano). Cristiano is originally Angolan and his inside knowledge and mastery of Portuguese were essential in Angola and for getting through the borders.
Potential travellers have to be prepared for long and bumpy journeys - but they are good fun in themselves. There's not a lot of walking - except for a short hike at the Waterberg Plateau at the end - fabulous. It's really important to get on and be relaxed as a group as you're in a vehicle together for a lot of the time with little interaction with anyone other than each other and our guides - there were 7 of us plus the team of 3 looking after us and it worked really well. You also need to be relaxed about the time it takes to get through the borders, the bureaucracy involved etc and to just go with the flow. Bring lots of documentation for that with you - especially the invitation letter in Portuguese which you need for getting your visa in advance. The tents were pretty easy to put up and take down and we all did our own, helping each other out, every evening and morning. You need to be ready to get pretty mucky from the dust and sand kicked up by the vehicles, and not too worried about having clean clothes. You must have spare batteries for your camera - very little opportunity to recharge them! If you get car-sick - this trip is not for you.
A really magical trip. A real privilege to go where few if any other tourists venture in southern Angola. Wow!
A fantastic trip into the remote south-west of Angola. A great feeling of adventure, as this was the first Exodus trip to run there for 7 years. It did feel as though we were pioneering the trip, as much had changed in that time, and much was unknown - such as where to find diesel for the vehicles! Our guide (Lucky) and 2 drivers (George and Cristiano) were brilliant. They worked so hard to make things work out and give us a tremendous time. The group of 7 of us got on well and made the experience really good fun as well. The food was always plentiful and very, very good.
The downsides were perhaps to be expected in a trip which was starting up after a long gap: we couldn't do everything that the trip notes promised, e.g. The visit to ghost town could not happen as it was closed. The most important problem lay with the visit to Lubango, which had clearly changed in the last 7 years. The planned camp-site was deemed by the local military to be unsafe, and the eventual situation under the floodlit statue of Jesus was far from ideal. Given the host of lodges available in Lubango, this needs thinking about for future trips. Details of obtaining an Angolan visa could be made clearer - probably best to say look at the embassy web-site and follow their instructions.
However, it was a brilliant experience, and Etosha really came up trumps with so many good animal sightings. The night at the Waterberg was a lovely way to finish.
Too many to pick from, but I loved the view from Tunda Vala at Lubango, and spending time on the beach around Flamingo Lodge in Angola. - a very wild and isolated spot.
Brilliant! He was a fantastic guide, cook, organiser of camp-sites and leader - and good fun. He also created a great time with the 2 drivers.
Yes - go! We found the weather was warmer than we expected, but at a different time of year that might change. Be aware that in most places in remote Angola, they want their own currency (kwanza) and not US$.
Expect things not to work out exactly as predicted - the area of Angola visited is very poor, isolated and suffers from shortages and lack of good communication - but being Africa things generally work out somehow!
If you hold a UK passport, you don't need a visa for Namibia. The same applies to other Commonwealth passport holders and quite a few European countries. If you are unsure, please check with the nearest embassy or contact Exodus.
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