On Friday, December 11, the Angola Field Group will camp on the beach for its annual Turtle Trip. We will join biologist Michel Morais and his research team from Agostinho Neto University who for the past eight years have been tracking turtles nesting on Praia dos Onças, the beach below the Miradouro da Lua, south of Luanda.

Olive Ridley Turtle.

We will spend the night walking up and down the beach in teams hoping to find turtles laying eggs or we may be lucky enough to witness the release of newly hatched baby turtles rescued from unsafe nests and incubated by the research team.

Baby turtles head for the water.

We plan to leave the city at 1500 on Friday, to avoid heavy traffic so we can reach the beach in daylight to pitch our tents. Participants must supply their own food and camping gear. A four wheel drive vehicle is necessary. We must keep numbers to a strict limit so please only sign up if you’re serious about going. Final trip details including our meeting location will be given once you’ve signed up.

Setting up for a night on the beach.

When you are registering for this trip please indicate:

* if you have room in your vehicle for more passengers and how many can you take
* if you do not have transport and need a lift
* if you will be leaving from the city or from Luanda Sul

We are collecting $20.00 from each participant to donate to the Turtle Research Project. To register, email Henriette Koning at angolafieldgroup@gmail.com. All Angola Field Group trips are at your own risk.