Cycle Guide Angola

A former Portuguese colony, and a country with a history that is more about war than peace. For a long time this place was difficult for people to enter, but with the new president this rough diamond opens its doors, where you can find a unique hospitality and some stunning sights.

Visa

Getting a visa online is by far the easiest option, however, you might need to fake some documents. On http://www.smevisa.gov.ao/ you can apply for the visa and if they approve it, you get the document in less than 24 hours. On the website they ask for a few documents to upload. One of the documents is a return ticket, but as a cycler you might not be able to provide it. You can create a fake ticket on http://returnflights.net/, and for this worked. Also, you need a letter of invitation, but you might not have it either. You can use this document, just change the details. You pay the visa at the border, bring 120 USD in cash.

  • 30 days, 120 USD

Extensions can be obtained in Luanda, Benguela and Lubango. 1 month extensios costs around 12.000 Kwanza (20 USD).

Other

Quick facts

 

Language Portuguese, local languages 
Currency Kwanza (2020: €1 = AOA 555) 
Religion Christianity, Animism
Climate Tropical 
SIM card Unitel
GDP-rank #57 (of 192 countries)

Border crossings

From the exclave Cabinda to the main land or otherwise, you can take an small airplane. The bicycle has to be shipped. There is no other option to this, other than crossing DRC. There is information on how to do that on iOverlander, but feel free to contact me on WhatsApp to ask me anything.

Congo Republic
Namibia

See & Do

Lubango region

With Tundavala and Serra da Leba as absolute highlights of the country, these are must visit places. Look down over a dazzling road on a mountain pass, or see how a mountain suddenly drops about 800 m.

Luanda region

North of Luanda is shipwreck beach, where about 40 ships are rusting away in the salty ocean. South of Luanda is the divine moon landscape, or basically eroding colorful cliffs. 

Sumbe region

Around Sumbe you can cycle a big circle through beautiful landscapes including the waterfall do Binga and some huge bold granite rocks.

Sleeping

Wild camping

Possible, there are quite some good spots to do. But make sure you are informed well about the landmines that might still be spread.

Formal Camping

A great way of meeting locals and sleeping in your own comfortable bed. Ask anyone in a village and they will search a spot for you.

Ho(s)tels

Most cities have accomodation. Room with fan should be around 5.000 AOA, with AC a bit more.

WS / CS

Not very common, only big cities offer CS hosts. Luanda has a few nice Warmshower hosts.

Other

Bike shops
Food & Drinks
  • Onroad: Bread, fruit and vegetables, cookies
  • Local food: Fish, Bitoque
  • Local drink: Beer
Safety

Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities, especially Luanda.

Routes

Video

Blog

#24 – Entering the rough diamond Angola

I zigzaged myself out of the busy Pointe-Noire, after having enjoyed 2 resting days in which I got my Angolan visa. I cycled to the closeby border of Angola and hoped they would let me in. And luckily they did. It was kind of tricky tough, as I had to […]

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