Luanda Off The Beaten Path

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    The park around Memorial Agostinho Neto

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    There is a wide park around of Memorial Agostinho Neto in Luanda , the giant monument that looks like a rocket. That park is almost empty except for the monument of an elephant and another monument closeby that shows somebody holding the flag of the country.
    Once again I did not have enough time to get any closer, so I could just take that photo from some distance.

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    My favorite room of Fortress of San Miguel

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    My favorite part of Fortress of San Miguel is the interior of the central building in the 1st court of the fortress. Unfortunately the guides did not inform us about it, nor did the lecturer onboad of our cruiseship mention it and so I was lucky to go there by accident and was overwhelmed by the beauty of these great tiles. I could not find any detail about who made it and at what period, but of course these tiles were made in Portugal, so it was obviously made between 1482 and 1975 when Angola "belonged" to the Portugese !

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    some great architecture in Luanda

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    This is just another good example for some great building in the City of Luanda that was restored after the civil war and it looks great nowadays. We passed by it in our tourbuses, but no further infos were given, nor did I see any inscription on the building.

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    remains of Angola's more glorious past

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    Such old, scenic houses in quite a bad condition are to be found quite often in Luanda unfortunately. Some of them are nowadays most probably mainly a subject of speculations like this scenic building with lots of great balconies like they are dating back to the more glorious days of the colonial time: In the 1960s 175.000 Portugese were living in Angola but most of them had left the country in the civil war and their houses had been destroyed.

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    Skyscaper Slums in Luanda

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    Finding an afforable appartment in the centre of Luanda seems to be almost impossible and one of my guidebooks even writes that Luanda is the most expensive place on earth to live for foreigners, who will have to pay about 15.000,- $ monthly for renting an appartment in the centre of town.
    So this might be a reason for such "vertical slums" and who knows how many persons are sharing these appartments in the sky-scapers of central Luanda.

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    The General Commando of the National Police

    by globetrott Written Jun 6, 2016

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    I saw this building in some distance from the Igreja de nossa Senhora dos remedios in Luanda and did not have enough time to get any closer. It looked like a covered markethall and it has some interesting watchtowers on top of the building that are most probably just decorations as they are obvioulsy much too small for people to stand inside.

    When I enlarged the inscription on my computer at home I found out: This the the General Commando of the National Police, so it was a good idea to take the photo from the distance !

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    Where old ships rust slowly

    by duncanlbrown Written Mar 1, 2006

    Again, Luanda harbour - this baby is a Russian trawler which was scuppered by the South African navy during the civil war. In the next few months, it will be removed to make way for more reclaimed landfill.

    Quick, before it sinks!
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    The busiest port in Africa?

    by duncanlbrown Written Mar 1, 2006

    Luanda harbour and particularly SONILS (Sonagol Integrated Logistics Services) is very very busy place - I heard that when a ship turns up, it has to wait 10 days until a berth is available. Nevermind, like all harbours, it is a working place which is a wee bit grimy, but plenty atmospheric.

    SONILS harbour
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    Mirador da Lua

    by scarm Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    A point of interest on that all important road trip to the beaches south of Luanda. This is probably about 35 kilometers south of Luanda on the main highway along the beach.

    Don't drive by too fast or you will miss the tiny sign to this cul de sac roadside stop that gives incredible views of the multi-hued weathered hillsides and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The name of the place is Mirador da Lua, or Lookout of the Moon, and the landscape that surrounds this promontory resembles the dry, lifeless lunar surface. The asphalt here is kind of washed out. so be careful, and be warned that there is some trash lying about, as in many places in Angola.

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    Bridge over the Rio Kwanza

    by scarm Written Jul 22, 2005

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    On the road to the beaches at Cabo Ledo and Praia Sangano, this suspension bridge is a toll bridge, which was only recently constructed. It is a major point of interest, and a point of pride for Angolans, and it is a great place to get out of the car and take some photographs. The area near the river is quite lush and provides forage for a number of smaller species, and it is said that the river also is home for dangerous beasts, but I did not see any.

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    Cabo Ledo - Pristine, Deserted Beach

    by scarm Written Jul 22, 2005

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    Drive 75 km down the coast, south past Luanda Sul and Benfica, past the Kwanza river and onward toward an unspoiled, clean, and beautiful beach area. A little hard to find, but watch your odometer and after driving about 75 km, watch for a small red on white sign with a crab and the word "carangejo". Turn to the right on a dirt road, and follow the road on down to the beach. There is a small restaurant, but you can just as well bring your own picnic lunch. There are also cabanas to rent. Also see my tip on Sangano Beach nearby.

    Beautiful Deserted Beaches

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    Boabab or Imbondeiro Tree

    by scarm Updated Jul 18, 2005

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    These trees are found in every direction as you leave Luanda. The scientific name for them is "adansonia digitata". The common name for them across Africa is Boabab, but in Angola, they are more commonly referred to as Imbondeiro, which is a Kimbundo name. The big trees you see are over 500 years old, and scientists have determined that some of the largest boababs can be as much as 5,000 years old. An amazing tree, the various parts of the tree have many uses. The seeds, the bark, the sap, the fruit, the flowers, and the roots all have nutritional and or medicinal value. By the way, some Imbondeiros in Africa have trunks that measure up to 18 meters in diameter - that is a big tree!

    Boabob or Imbondeiro Tree

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    Barra do Dande

    by scarm Written Jul 18, 2005

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    This is a sleepy village with a nearby beach, with scenic views. Great place to go on the weekend to get away from the city. No improvements at the beach, so you have to brinig everything you need with you. The small town is just 5 minutes away from the sea though, and you can get a decent meal at the open air eaterie along side the river Dande. Good seafood, and of course, cold cerveja.

    To get there, drive northward from Luanda on the road to Cacuaco, pass through Cacuaco and keep going for another 40 km or so. There is a marked turn to the left - take that turn and follow the paved road about 12 kilometers until you come to the small town of Barra do Dande along the river. Veer left (the only way to go) on the system of dirt roads after the pavement ends, and down a steep grade, and you are at the ocean.

    Probably best to go with a guide.

    Barra do Dande

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    Luanda is "off the beaten path."

    by Cabana_Boy Written Jul 17, 2003

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    If you find yourself in Luanda, I would say that you have already gone "off the beaten path."

    Sure, you're going to find the typical African tourist attractions like the shanty towns built in and around burned out factories, women walking about town with heavy loads on their head, war heroes who now carry crutches instead of guns, people literally living on the streets, chickens procreating in the street; you know, all the things that make life in a large West African city raw, interesting, unimaginable and all too real.

    These women can carry engines on their head...
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    High technology

    by duncanlbrown Written Mar 1, 2006

    This is also Luanda harbour, in contrast to the other 2 tips - this shows something very high-tech, It is the ship "Skandi Navica" spooling up pipe from the base operated by SevenSeas.

    Skandi Navica
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