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Angola, Page 6
May 8 - May 11, 2004

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Country Facts: Angola

Scroll Down the Page for updates made on: 05/20/2004
Updated Information Date Camp Site or Accommodations GPS

Distance  Today: 119km


 Pasta salad and fried rice

Near Lucira, Angola

08 May, 2004

Beach Camp


Odometer: 20119km

Sunny, 85(F) degrees

We continued our drive along the coast today. The scenery has changed dramatically from the humid tropics of northern Angola to the semi-arid Sahel-like area we are in now. The change is similar to what we experienced in Cameroon, only in reverse. The ocean currents here come up from the Antarctic, and although the sun is hot, the breezes near the coast are very cool. The roads today gradually improved until we hit old tarmac shortly after lunch. David and Nadine took a short detour to visit Lucira while the rest of us drove to a beach camp recommended by Mario. Nadine and David joined us about a half hour later and reported that Lucira has “nothing to see, nothing to do, and nothing to buy.” We had time to do some laundry and enjoy some Frisbee before starting dinner. The beach is steep and the surf breaks violently and close to the shore, creating impressive displays. Elza collected some beautiful sea shells, and has a little kit so that she can make jewelry out of them.

Beach Camp

Updated Information Date Camp Site or Accommodations GPS

Distance  Today: 236km


 Roasted Chicken

Near Lubango, Angola

09 May, 2004

Beach Camp


Odometer: 20355km

Sunny, 90(F) degrees

We awoke this morning to overcast skies and surprisingly chilly temperatures that had us digging to the bottom of our clothing boxes for fleece jackets that haven’t seen the light of day since winter in France. Shortly after we set off we stopped at an old disused lighthouse. It was empty and abandoned, but the view from the top was nice. The road is excellent and winds through beautiful countryside. We made it to Namibe just after noon. Namibe is a very strange place with lots of colonial (Portugese) buildings, some of which are in very good repair. The town is set on the coast and has cool breezes and lots of palm trees. We stopped at a commercial campground for lunch and considered spending the night there, but since a few of us are running short on cash we decided to head inland toward Lubango and bush camp. We drove about 80km, on excellent road for the first 60kms, stopping at a dusty fuel station in the middle of nowhere so the Pinzy could fill up. Our campsite is near a rock outcropping which gives us a good view of the plateau we will drive onto tomorrow.

This evening's camp site

Updated Information Date Camp Site or Accommodations GPS

Distance  Today: 229km


 Chicken with mashed potatoes and rice

North of Namibe, Angola

10 May, 2004

Bush Camp


Odometer: 20584km

Sunny, 85(F) degrees

After an hour’s drive on good road this morning, we started the 4000-foot climb up onto the plateau. The road near the top is an engineering marvel with about five tight hairpin switchbacks. We stopped at an overlook that provided a great view of the plain below and the waterfalls flowing down off the plateau. We drove into Lubango where we planned to do some shopping and fill the “Landies” (which includes Land Rovers and the Land Cruiser) with diesel. The first station we stopped at had no diesel, and while we were discussing what to do, someone reached into Graham and Connie’s car and snatched Connie’s wallet that contained their cash, credit cards, and passports. About five minutes later the thief threw the wallet under the Land Cruiser, minus $200 in cash. We were thankful to get the passports back, as we didn’t fancy returning to Luanda to get replacement passports. The group is short on cash (at least US dollars, which brings the best rates here) and David and Nadine were kind enough to buy some chicken for the group. We drove around to a couple more petrol stations and finally located some diesel. We stopped just out of town for a very late lunch. The Pinzgauer (also called “the Pinzy”)seems to be using a lot of oil, and when we camped Graham, Slade, Urs, and David disassembled the cylinder heads and found a bad exhaust valve guide. They discussed ways to get the Pinzy back on the road, and decided to try to disable the bad cylinder. This will require the Pinzy to run on 3 cylinders for the next 400 km to reach the first decent sized town in Namibia where we speak the language and can get parts. The guys (except David) in our group seem to be affected by a strange skin rash which so far has left the girls unaffected. It’s just an annoyance now, but worrisome since so many of us are affected.


A visitor to our camp this morning

Updated Information Date Camp Site or Accommodations GPS

Distance  Today: 101km


 Chicken with artichoke hearts

Near Cahama, Angola

11 May, 2004

Bush Camp


Odometer: 20685km

Sunny, 85(F) degrees

Slade and Urs got an early start working on the Pinzgauer this morning. They removed the pushrod and the rocker arm of the broken exhaust valve and plugged the holes with a piece of cork held in by a bolt (you’d have to see it). We left camp at about 10am and drove about 8km, but the Pinzy was still burning a lot of oil. We checked and found that the cork was not doing the trick. We replaced it with a bolt that was held in place with leak fix. This stopped the oil being burned, but when Urs stopped to check the oil about 20 minutes later, he discovered that oil was still leaking. We decided not to chance blowing up the engine and decided to try to tow the Pinzy to Namibia. We attached a rope and Slade was able to tow it with his Land Rover (the Pinzy weighs about 1.5x what the Landy does). We did pretty well and weren’t going much slower than the speed allowed by the badly potholed road. We camped for the night just after the town of Cahama. Our rashes haven’t improved, and we are becoming concerned that they could become infected. Graham’s is the worst, being near his left eye. He has been swabbing it with alcohol, but this is very painful. Mario had recommended a piste that would take us through an alternate border crossing and through a scenic area of the country. We’ve decided to stick to the main road instead since we’re not sure about towing the Pinzy along a piste. David and Nadine’s visas expire tomorrow, so they will have to leave us in the morning to ensure they leave the country.

Land Rover, "Sid," with the Pinzy in tow

Now, on to Namibia..........

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