An Urban Safari with Angela Mingas, architect and anthropologist, who will take you on a Slave Tour through Luanda’s historic central district, on Saturday, September 17 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. The safari is organized by the Campanha Reviver, which is a partnership of CEICA (Center of Architecture Studies and Scientific Research) and KALU (Association of natives, residents and friends of Luanda) whose aim is to defend, protect and promote the heritage of Luanda. To book, call 943­183­108. The tour starts downtown at Lusiada University.

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Former Cidade Alta train station. Photo by H. Koning.

Former Cidade Alta train station. Photo by H. Koning.

UPDATE: Please note that Reviver with Architect Angela Mingas has had to postpone this tour till further notice. In lieu of, Reviver is offering another Walking Tour of the Slave Route this Saturday, August 15th. To register phone: 934 631 713


There is still time to sign up for the REVIVER Bus Tour of Historic Luanda, sponsored by NEAAUD, an organization working to protect, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Angola´s capital city. You must register in advance. Space is limited so sign up asap.

Who: Anybody is welcome to join
When: Sunday, August 16, at 8:30 AM
Where: Departing from Lusíada University, across the street from Cha de Caxinde, next to the old BESA bank which is now Banco Economico, in downtown Luanda. DOWNLOAD A MAP – CLICK HERE.
Cost: 2500 Kwanzas per person
To Register: Call Gilce at 935-356290 or email: passeios.campanha.reviver@gmail.com

The tour will stop at various locations including the Jesuit Church which is tucked away in Cidade Alta, the old train station in Cidade Alta and the National Bank (Banco Nacional de Angola), the iconic pink building on the Marginal. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours. 

The Train Master’s house located just across the street from the station. Photo by H. Koning.

The Train Master’s house located just across the street from the station. Photo by H. Koning.

A Campanha Reviver parceria entre o CEICA (Centro de Estudos e Investigação Cientifica de Arquitectura) e KALU (Associação dos Naturais, Residentes e Amigos de Luanda), coordenada por Ângela Mingas e Cristina Pinto tem como Tema a DIVULGAÇÃO, DEFESA E PROTECÇÃO DO PATRIMÓNIO DA CIDADE DE LUANDA.

The palatial home of Angola’s famous slave trader Dona Ana Joaquina, 1788 to 1859. At the time it was one of the largest houses in Luanda. Today Luanda’s provincial courthouse stands on the site of Joaquina’s ‘palacio’.

The palatial home of Angola’s famous slave trader Dona Ana Joaquina, 1788 to 1859. At the time it was one of the largest houses in Luanda. Today Luanda’s provincial courthouse stands on the site of Joaquina’s ‘palacio’.

THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL. But note that Reviver still has space on their bus tour on Sunday, August 16, a Historical Tour of Old Luanda. Phone 934-631713. Space is limited to 50 participants.

This is a walking tour of parts of Old Luanda that tell the slave trade story, a heritage hidden but not forgotten. The tour is approximately 3 hours and will be in English, with Arquitecta Angela Mingas, who is a specialist in cultural heritage, and teaches in the Architectural Department at Lusíadas University. Maximum 20 participants. Open to members of the Angola Field Group.

When: Saturday, 08 August, meeting at 8:30 AM

Where: Meeting Point is front entrance (brown doors) of Lusíada University, which is across the street from Cha de Caxinde, next to the old BESA bank which is now Banco Economico, in downtown Luanda.

Cost: 2000 Kwanzas (includes a map of the route and bottle of water). The proceeds go to Campanha Reviver, a movement working to preserve Luanda’s cultural heritage. See flyer below.

To Sign Up: (in Portuguese please) call Gilce at 934-631713. Or email (in Portuguese or English): passeios.campanha.reviver@gmail.com

See flyer below for future tours open to the general public. Spread the word and support Reviver as they battle to protect the heritage of Angola´s capital city. Follow them on Facebook here.

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​Massangano village with the church perched on the hill. When Livingstone visited in 1852 he said the place was in a state of decay and contained little more than a thousand inhabitants. Today there appear to be even less.

​Massangano village with the church perched on the hill. When Livingstone visited in 1852 he said the place was in a state of decay and contained little more than a thousand inhabitants. Today there appear to be even less.

UPDATE: THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL. Sunday March 29, the Angola Field Group will visit Massangano, the site of one of Angola’s oldest forts, built in 1582 to use as a way station for slaves being traded from Kwanza Norte. During Holland’s brief occupation of the seat of government of Angola, from 1641 to 1648, the Portuguese took refuge in the fort. The Massangano fort is located on the banks of the Kwanza River 20 km east of Dondo. A stone’s throw from the fort is the restored Church of Nossa Senhora da Victoria. On our return home we will visit the remains of Novo Oeiras, the iron foundry on the Lucala River which was erected in 1768 by the Portuguese government. They brought in experienced Swedish miners who unfortunately quickly succumbed to the oppressive climate of the low lying area. Today the foundry is an Angolan heritage site. Trip Details:         -We will leave the city at 6:30 AM prompt and plan to be back in the city limits by 6pm.         -4 wheel drive recommended, full tank of gas, no fuel stops will be made.         -Take food and liquids for the whole day. No food stops.         -Meeting point and further details will be provided once you have signed up and are confirmed for the trip. We accept a limited number of participants. Field trips are open to Angola Field Group members. There is no fee.         -Sign up by emailing: angolafieldgroup@gmail.com and state: 1)your cell phone number   2)names of all participants  3)whether you require transport or not 4)whether you have room for passenger/s and if so how many extras can you take?  5)whether you are traveling from Luanda Sul or downtown Luanda. All Angola Field Group trips are at your own risk. There is a provincial border crossing so you must carry valid, original up-to-date documents with you.

​Almost 450 years old, the small but sturdy Massangano Fort looks out over the Kwanza River. It still contains some ancient guns.

Almost 450 years old, the small but sturdy Massangano Fort looks out over the Kwanza River. It still contains some ancient guns.

The last months of 2014 saw some interesting visitors to Cangandala National Park and the Luando Reserve, the two protected terriitories of Angola’s Giant Sable.

An evening storm visits  Luando Reserve

The storm arrived before sunset; A tempestade chegou antes do por-do-sol.

The storm arrived before sunset; A tempestade chegou antes do por-do-sol.

A python! visits one of the salinas in Cangandala Park

Incredible scene: a python on the ambush, and a very nervous hybrid female!!! Cena incrível: uma jibóia emboscada, e uma fêmea híbrida muito nervosa!!!

Incredible scene: a python on the ambush, and a very nervous hybrid female!!! Cena incrível: uma jibóia emboscada, e uma fêmea híbrida muito nervosa!!!

Two young females visiting together

Two young girl calves; Duas jovens crias fêmeas.

Two young girl calves; Duas jovens crias fêmeas.

It is well known that calves tend to stay most of the day in crèches, but even as they grow a young sable seems to prefer the company of same sex and age individuals than to follow his/her mother.

And a warthog who just visited his favourite mud hole!

Warthog male after his daily mud bath; Macho de facochero depois do seu banho de lama diário.

Warthog male after his daily mud bath; Macho de facochero depois do seu banho de lama diário.

And Mercury came for a visit back home! Now “a mighty imposing black bull with massive horns”, who after one year of adventurous dispersal outside of the sanctuary, has returned.

And Mercury again!; E o Mercúrio novamente!

And Mercury again!; E o Mercúrio novamente!

His (Mercury’s) behavior suggests that he is more interested in establishing a territory inside the sanctuary than escorting females on a permanent basis, leaving that task for the subdominant Eolo. If confirmed this may provide new insights into dominance and territorial behavior of sable bulls.

Read biologist Pedro Vaz Pinto’s full Fourth Trimester 2014 Report with photos from Angola’s Cangandala Park and Luando Reserve, in English and Portuguese on our Giant Sable page.

Architect Angela Mingas explaining building materials used in very old structures, a few still exist today.

Architect Angela Mingas explaining building materials used in very old structures, a few still exist today.

Walking Tour – Sunday, November 30, meeting downtown at 8:00 AM. Take a close-up look at the history of Luanda’s oldest downtown structures with Architect Angela Mingas, who is a specialist in cultural heritage, and teaches in the Architectural Department at Lusídas University. This is a walking tour (not strenuous) about 2.5 hours long. Open to members of the Angola Field Group.

To sign up send an email to angolafieldgroup@gmail.com giving your name and phone number. Limited space so please only sign up if you seriously intend to go. Final details will be emailed when you are confirmed. The tour costs 2500 AKZ. Proceeds go to Campanha Reviver, a campaign to preserve Luanda’s heritage and is part of the Lusídas Architectural Department. All Angola Field Trips are at your own risk.

Chicala in the foreground looking across at the Forteleza de Sao Miguel, the first structure the Portuguese built in Luanda, in 1575.

Chicala in the foreground looking across at the Forteleza de Sao Miguel, the first structure the Portuguese built in Luanda, in 1575. Both photos are from around 1960.

The National Bank visible on the Marginal that runs to the port. Both photos are from around 1960.

The National Bank visible on the Marginal that runs to the port. Photos from the book “As mais belas cidades de Angola”.

 Watercolor of the Bay and Old Port of Luanda, from the book from the book Luandando by Pepetela.

Watercolor of the Bay and Old Port of Luanda, from the book Luandando by Pepetela.

In January 2015, Luanda will celebrate 439 years of existence. Founded in 1576, it is one of the oldest cities established by Europeans in the Southern Hemisphere. Built for Portuguese settlers, Luanda’s main commerce initially focused on slavery. Today expensive development projects have dramatically changed Luanda’s skyline. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation, “Luanda: Landscapes and People”, a historical overview of the city, with Dr. Angela Mingas, Professor of Architecture at Lusíada University, on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:45 PM (note our new starting time) at the Viking Club.

Dr. Angela Mingas is an Architect and Writer as well as a specialist in Anthropology. She obtained her Master’s and Ph.D in Architectural Heritage. She has studied Education, Architecture and Anthropology at various institutions, including the Instituto Técnico Profissional de Educaçao in Angola, Escola de Belas Artes in Lisbon, Universidade Técnica and University of Oporto in Portugal. She is the Founder and coordinator of the School of Architecture and the Centre for the Study of Art, Architecture, Urbanism and Design at Lusíada University and is Director of the Research Center of Architecture at Lusíada University in Luanda. Since it was founded in 2006, she has been the Curator of the Forum of Architecture in Angola. As of 2009, she has worked as a Consultant to the Council of Ministers. 

Angela Mingas, photo courtesy Development Workshop.

Dr. Angela Mingas, photo courtesy Development Workshop.

Dr. Mingas is one of the organizers of Campanha Reviver, a campaign to preserve Luanda’s heritage and as part of this movement, will be organizing a historic City Tour for members of the Angola Field Group. Details available on Thursday.

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant. You can download a map showing the location here on our website: https://angolafieldgroup.com/find-us.

For sale that night, books about Angola, in English and Portuguese.