Huambo province, from rugged, wooded countryside…
Head for the hills to Huambo with the Angola Field Group, November 27, 28, 29, 30. Known for its cool, agreeable climate, the city and province, both called Huambo, lie in Angola´s Central Highlands. We will spend two days at a farm guesthouse in the region which was once the kingdom of Sambu and still has a traditional king whom we will visit. With the farm as our base, we will hike some of the surrounding areas. There will be a workshop on how to use a GPS with our host/guide, Beat, a Swiss geographer, so take your GPS along! Beat is one of the authors of the newly released Huambo Atlas.
Tour program: 27-30 November 2013
07.00 Depart Luanda. We will drive at a relaxing pace. Pack a lunch, drinks, snacks
17.00 Arrival in Huambo city and welcome braai at Beat & Bela’s place. Accommodation at local guesthouse or hotel
8.00 Full breakfast at Beat & Bela’s place
9.00 Huambo site seeing. Once famous for the most important railway workshop in Africa, the Portuguese decreed in 1928 that Huambo was to be the capital of Angola and named it Nova Lisboa
10.00 Departure for Sambo guest house
12.00 Arrival in Sambo, lunch & relaxation
15.00 GPS course and practice / introduction to horse riding and horse care for those interested
17.00 Sundowner, dinner – create your own pizzas and bake in outdoor brick oven
8.00 Full breakfast
9.00 Morning hike through local surroundings and along the Cunene River. Many of Angola’s biggest rivers flow out of the highlands because rainfall is higher than in most other areas of Angola
14.00 Visit of Sambo Town and King’s place and local Catholic Mission. Missions used to play an important role in education and health. Most suffered damage during the years of war. Visitors can get fascinating perspectives on the history of Huambo from staff who have lived at the mission for decades
17.00 Sundowners, dinner which will include some local native dishes
7.00 Full breakfast
8.00 Departure to Huambo, then Luanda
All meals in Huambo will be provided. Drinks include gasosa & juice, Amarula, vinho verde, red wine, gin tonic, whiskey, white wine and beer. Shared accommodation on the farm, two nights. Prices will be posted soon. Limited space so sign up as soon as possible.
1. We will be traveling through 5 provinces so you must have original passport with valid visa with you.
2. To sign up for this trip or if you have more questions please send an email to Henriette at email@example.com
3. Please indicate if you will be leaving from downtown or from Luanda Sul
4. If you have room for passengers in your vehicle, please advise
5. All Angola Field Group trips are at your own risk
… to gentle, rolling grasslands. Photos courtesy of the Huambo Atlas.