Road from Libolo to Luandos.

Road from Libolo to Luandos.

Spend a weekend in a traditional African Village – September 13, 14, 15. For the past ten years the Angola Field Group has been invited to Festas Populares dos Luandos which takes place in a village located outside the southeast corner of Quicama National Park. It is an annual homecoming for villagers who have migrated to the city. You will celebrate their culture with dance, theatre and other activities. Participants will meet in Catete on Friday at 7:30AM. To get to the village one must continue on the main road southeast to Dondo, about 180 km, and then 30 km south of Dondo at Libolo one must head west and drive off-road for about 60 km. Four-wheel drive vehicle necessary. Estimated arrival time at Luandos is 4:00PM, in time to be welcomed officially with a palm wine ceremony. Saturday morning there is a collective wedding that participants are invited to attend and throughout the day there will be cultural activities.

Experience life in a traditional African village. Photo courtesy Rolly Villanueva.     Experience life in a traditional African village. Photo courtesy Rolly Villanueva.

Experience life in a traditional African village. Photo courtesy Rolly Villanueva.

Fee for participation is 150usd/person for the whole weekend. This includes dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. All local foods are prepared by the Woman’s Cooperative. It also includes accommodation which may be either in a local family’s house, or at Ganga Lodge (still in construction but some parts are finished), or the use of the camp ground for those who have their own tent. There are a few tents available. Whether you camp or stay in a home, the price is the same. Accommodation includes fresh water for bathing. Take your own bedding and mosquito net and extra liquids although water is provided with meals plus 1.5 litre bottle per day. Take lunch and snacks for Friday and for your return trip.

Women's cooperative joins forces to prepare local dishes such as the local kubulu bean dish 4. Baobob trees used to serve as water reservoirs, their location kept secret from other tribes

Women’s cooperative joins forces to prepare local dishes such as the local kubulu bean dish.

Depart for Luanda Sunday, 15th September, after breakfast. To sign up for this trip or if you have further questions, please email Serafim Quintino at: serafimquintino@yahoo.com or phone him at 917-823464.

Baobob trees used to serve as water reservoirs, their location kept secret from other tribes.

Baobob trees used to serve as water reservoirs, their location kept secret from other tribes.

This trip is not organized by the Angola Field Group but it comes highly recommended by previous members who participated.

Feared by the Portuguese who claimed they were headhunters, the Quicama people revered their hunters and buried them on hilltops.

Feared by the Portuguese who claimed they were headhunters, the Quicama people revered their hunters and buried them on hilltops.