My Angola Series: Shipwrecks of Luanda Harbour

Luanda is built around it’s natural harbour.  The city looks over a thin long island called Ilha.  Along the harbour promenade is an area known as the Marginal, which is a popular area with expats as there are waterfront restaurants and paved jogging paths.  We took a sightseeing boat trip out and around Luanda Harbour.  The harbour is huge and there’s a lot of activity going on.  What was really interesting, though, is the amount of shipwrecks in the harbour.  Rather than tow them away or dismantle them, they have left them all in the water to rust and rot.  You would think that would be toxic to the water etc., and it probably is, but that doesn’t appear to be a concern!

Port of Luanda information: http://ports.com/angola/port-of-luanda/

Here are all the photos from the trip around Luanda Harbour:

Luanda Harbour
There are some expensive boats amongst the shipwrecks!

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

Luanda Harbour

*All photos are the property of Charlotte Moore, unless stated otherwise, and may not be used without written consent.

My Angola Series: Museu Nacional da Escravatura, Miradouro da Lua & Rio Kwanza

For this post, I want to tell you about great day trip from Luanda, the capital of Angola.

First up is the Museu Nacional da Escravatura, which translates to the National Museum of Slavery.  It’s a small museum, founded in 1997, which adjoins to the Capela de Casa Grande, where slaves were baptised prior to be put on ships bound for the Americas.

Museu Nacional da Escravatura

Museu Nacional da Escravatura

Museu Nacional da Escravatura

The second stop is the Miradouro da Lua, or moon valley viewpoint.  This roadside landscape is similar to the moon’s surface.  It’s hard to explain how amazing it is, so take a look at the photos below!

Miradouro da Lua

Miradouro da Lua

Miradouro da Lua

Finally, we visited the Rio Kwanza for a boat ride up and down the river, leaving from the Kwanza Lodge.  The lodge is located at the mouth of the river and is popular with anglers.  The river contains large numbers of tarpon and other popular game fish.  In addition, just offshore are feeding grounds for marlin, sailfish and dorado (mahi-mahi).

Kwanza Lodge

Rio Kwanza

Rio Kwanza

Rio Kwanza

A heron and a kingfisher
A heron and a kingfisher

 

*All photos are the property of Charlotte Moore, unless stated otherwise, and may not be used without written consent.

My Angola Series: Kissama National Park

Kissama National Park (sometimes referred to as Quicama National Park) is in the Bengo province of northwestern Angola.  It’s about 75km south from the capital city of Luanda.  It is the only national park still functioning since the Angolan Civil War.   The park was actually established in 1938, and used to be home to large game animals including elephants.  However, the animal population was nearly wiped out due to poaching during the civil war.  After the war in 2001, Operation Noah’s Ark was formed to move animals from overpopulated areas in Botswana and South Africa to Kissama to repopulate the park.  The operation was very successful, and is the largest animal transplant program to date. Animals introduced include elephants, giraffe, eland, kudu, wildebeest, zebra, and ostrich.

The park is bordered by the River Kwanza on the north, and the Longo river on the south.  The Atlantic coast is to the west.    The park contains a lodge/rest camp, called the Kurica Safari Lodge, which has basic, but quite new, bungalows.  From the camp, you can go on game drives in a unimog, and meals are prepared for dinner and breakfast.  The camp overlooks the flood plan for the Kwanza river.  And to top it off, the camp is full of cheeky vervet monkeys!

Vervet Monkey
Vervet Monkey
Safari trucks
Safari trucks
Our bungalow
Our bungalow
More vervet monkeys
More vervet monkeys
Imbondeiro (baobab) tree and guineafowl
Imbondeiro (baobab) tree and guineafowl
View of the River Kwanza from the camp
View of the River Kwanza from the camp
Giraffe family!
Giraffe family!
Bushbuck
Bushbuck
Wildebeests
Wildebeests
Wildeebeest :)
Wildebeest 🙂

 

*All photos are the property of Charlotte Moore, unless stated otherwise, and may not be used without written consent.