View from the top of Mount Moco looking north-west. Photo courtesy Michael Mills.

The Angola Field Group invites you to climb Angola’s highest mountain, Mount Moco, located in the central west province of Huambo – May 29 to June 01. Stretching up to 2620 meters, Mount Moco’s true importance is the fact that it has the best examples of Angola’s rapidly disappearing Afromontane forest and it is home to several rare birds. We will be accompanied on our trip by Dr. John Mendelsohn, a zoologist specializing in ornithology. The slopes are steep so participants should be in reasonably good shape and wear sturdy shoes with a grip.

We will depart Luanda Saturday May 29 at 7:00 AM and arrive in Huambo, the capital city of the province Huambo, late afternoon. It’s approximately a 9 hour drive from Luanda to Huambo. Sunday morning we will head for Mount Moco, set up camp and explore the area with Dr. Mendelsohn. Then very early Monday morning we’ll hike up the mountain with some local guides and hopefully be back in Huambo early evening to have dinner at a local restaurant. Tuesday (national holiday) early morning departure for Luanda preceded by a city tour of Huambo.

Saturday and Monday we will be accommodated in a homestay run by our guide/host, a Swiss expat who has made Huambo his home for the past 6 years. Meals, including while we are camping, will be provided by the homestay except for Monday evening. Shared accommodations in the homestay. Sunday we will be camping – bring your own gear but some mattresses are available. Price to be posted Monday.

* * *All Angola Field Group trips are at your own risk. We will be traveling through 5 provinces so you must have original passport with valid visa with you. A complete itinerary and map will be emailed to confirmed participants. To sign up for this trip or if you have more questions please send an email to Henriette at and if you have room for passengers in your vehicle, please advise. * * *

Sign up opportunity Thursday May 13th at the Field Group presentation, scroll down.