Desert, Death Acre and Tribal Experience Angola - 11 Days

What you may expect

This Southern Angola Expedition has been specially designed for our tribe members and for those people that wish to explore a practically untouched part of Africa. We literally go completely offroad and offtrack, we make our own trail through the desert.  Guides, translators and a cook will accompany you and we will provide all vehicles, camping equipment and sleeping materials (sleeping bags, pillows, towels, etc.). However, our trip is participative and it requires self driving by our participants. In our experience driving yourself will bring you so much closer to really being involved and really living through your experiences. It makes it into an adventure that will stick to your memory for life. Of course we will train you to drive a 4*4 through desert terrain and we will even give you a certificate of competence if you pass our tests.

The expedition will take you through a collection of breathtaking landscapes. From the mountains and bush around Lubango down to desert in Iona and further on to the rough and unspoiled coastline that runs from Foz de Cunene to Namibe.  On our trail we will stop in cities and see the various sites left by the Portuguese, we will meet and interact with a large variety of tribes that are still untouched by ‘civilization’ and naturally we will be outside in the wild all the time enjoying the beauty of the wilderness, the animals, the sunsets and the stars at night.

Where you will stay

As this is a mobile expedition, most of our nights will be spent camping wild in dome 2m by 2m tents. We will either camp in the dunes close to the Atlantic, or in the bush near a stream, or in the mountains under the trees or stars. Sometimes one of the tribes will ask us to temporarily join them and we can make camp next to theirs. Very often some of them will share meals with us and chat with us by the fire. At the end of the trip we will spend two nights in our Lodge on the beach. We bring toilets and will organize hot water for our mobile showers

We have our own chef and staff that will cook all our meals. Coffee, tea and water is available all day. Wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks are available at sundowners and in the evening. All food and drinks are included.

Day 1
Explore Lubango

• Arrival and pick-up at Lubango airport

• Visit Tunda Vale, Christo Rei Statue and Miradouro de Leba

• Wild camping at Leba or stay at Casper Lodge. This all depends on time of arrival.

Day 2
Meet with Muila tribe in Chibia

• Drive to Chibia

• Meet and interact with people from the Muila tribe

•Camp and swim at Hidden Lagoon waterfalls

Day 3
Otjinjoao and more tribal life

• Drive towards Otjinjoao

• Wild camping

• Meet and interact with Mundimba, Hakahona and other tribes

Day 4
Onconcua tribal area

• Drive from Otjinjoao to Onconcua

• Visit and interact with different tribes in the area

Day 5
Meeting with Himbas in Iona

• Drive from Onconcua to Iona

• Visit and interact with the Himba tribe

Day 6
Scenic drive to Espinheira and 4*4 training

• Drive from Iona to Espinheira

• Look for herds of Springbok and Gemsbok

•Train 4*4 desert driving

• Wild camping near Espinheira

Day 7
Foz de Cunene

• Drive from Iona to Foz de Cunene

• Spent the night at the mouth of the river

• Walk along the river that is the border with Namibia

Day 8
Death Acre and Island of Tigress

• Early departure

• Drive the first half of the famous Death Acre

• Have brunch at Camp Relief opposite Tigress Island

• Take the boat and visit the island. Weather permitting.

• See huge flocks of flamingo's, pelicans, cormorants and colonies of cape fur seals

• In the months of October and November the island is packed with babies of all sorts.

• Camp at Camp Relief

Day 9
Death Acre and Arco

• Early departure

• Drive the second part of the Death Acre using the low tide

• Follow the beach to visit the desert oasis of Arco

• Sleep at Flamingo Lodge

Day 10
Flamingo Canyon

• After a good night of sleep we visit the canyons

• Afternoon walk on the beach or tracking brown hyena or doing some beach fishing at Flamingo and rest

• Sleep at Flamingo Lodge

Day 11
Namibe

• Visit Namibe and eat at a typical restaurant

• Catch the afternoon flight to Luanda

The following is included

  • Pick-up at Lubango airport and drop off at Namibe airport
  • All accommodation and facilities on trail
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Guiding and training/coaching activities
  • All meals and drinks on trail

The following is excluded

  • All flights
  • Visa
  • All accommodation before and/or after the trail
  • All personal expenditures during the trail

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • Moderate
  • 7 participants and 3 staff
  • Tents and Lodge