Lubango and around

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We left Flamingo Campsite only at about 10.30 as we had so many chats with the newly arrived camping crowd. I think they all thought we were stark raving mad to do what we were doing , but the guys as always were very interested in Stan.

How magic to drive on TAR road, no matter what the condition, what is a pothole or two.....no problem!!! The first town (actually our very first Angolan town after having been in the country for 5 days!!!) was Namibe even though it is relatively small, it seemed like a city to us!! As all of you most probably know , the signs of the war are everywhere, BUT there are also signs of development everywhere, you can just sense that this is a country with hope and we do wish them all the best in their efforts.

Namibe main road, I love that the palm trees double as roadsigns

After Namibe tha landscape changes form the barren desert we had thus far to lush green valleys planted with all kinds of crop. Also after Namibe you have to go up the huge plato to get to Lubango where we were heading. We heard about the Lebo pass before , but words cannot describe the amazing sight as well as the feeling going up from 600m to 2000m in a few kms. You start on these "haarnaald draaie" and as soon as you think this is it, you realise that the actual pass only starts then, It is beautiful and something that should be developed into a huge tourist attraction.( Kay , we thought of you and our hikes a lot)

Leba pass.........believe it , no trick photography!!

We reached Lubango in good time and I nearly fell out of the car as it seemed like a HUGE city for our bush apes! The latest recorded details put the inhabitants at about 200 000. Same as in Namibe, we could see lots of building and development. Unfortunately, Angola does not offer much to the tourist though and budget accommodation is non existing. The cheapest place we could find was a rondawel at the price of $110 for the night. Outrageously expensive for what you get, but the worst was when we started looking at food, Tomato sauce cost R50 for a small bottle, a glass of water and an Espresso came to R35 etc etc. We were not so good at calculating the exchange rate yet and were stupid enough to go to the first restaurant we could find, after having to pay R250 for a bottle of White wine, we decided to make food in our room, African style!

The nice thing however is that the people are so nice. Every day we just realise that the people of Africa have such kind and good hearts and will always help you a much as they can. We met Truter, an Afrikaans guy from Middelburg Tvl and his Brazilian Fiance Patricia in the reataurant. They invited us to sit with them and at the end offered to have Stan fixed at their company workshop, gave us names of contacts in Angola on our route, as well as lots of tips on travelling in Angola. We also met Carlos, the owner of a few mines in Angola who promptly invited us to stay in his house when we are in Luanda. Al we can offfer in return to these good peole are our heartfelt thank you's.

A few of the sights around Lubango

Tundavale, the most amazingViews Aren't they just beautiful ??

rock formations with a deep cliff. You cannot see the bottom.

We were told the horror story that during the war years, people were thrown off these cliffs to their death.

Statue to commemorate freedom from slavery, a lot of people from tis area were transported to the coast to be sold as slaves.

The goodness of the locals are still ongoing. We were walking in the street desperately looking for an internet cafe/place as I was by now desperate to get in touch with just ANYONE and we ran into John. An Angolan who spend 4 years in Cape Town!!!! He lived in Woodstock and worked at Century City!!! He was so kind and took us to the Internet place , even if it took him a least 30 min to find out exactly what we wanted. We got there and saw most of the city at the same time!!

Tomorrow we are off to Lobito and Benguela on the coast