Foz do Cunene to Lobito
Fishing Spots and Beaches in Angola South
The Cunene is a large perennial river that forms part of the boundary between south-western Angola and Namibia. It is bordered by lush vegetation which forms striking contrasts with the surrounding desert. The settlement of Foz do Cunene (Mouth of Cunene) is situated on the banks of the river 6 km from the sea and is within the vast Iona National Park. The settlement was built to house the operators of a pump station which supplied water to the fishing town on the peninsula of Baia dos Tigres (Tigers Bay). When the sea broke through the isthmus of the peninsula in the 1970′s the water line was severed. Tigres became an Island overnight with no water supply, Tigres and the pump station at the Cunene river mouth were abandoned, and have become ghost towns slowly being reclaimed by the desert.
There are no accommodations in Foz do Cunene and the road to get there is long and “stoney”. Something to try for good reliable cars with strong tires. From there you can either go back through the same road and cut through the Iona National Park, Tambor, and Tombua; or try going by the beach wich many have risk passing a very difficult part of 80 km that have to be crossed while the tide is low. I never tried it. Once that is over, you arrive to the promised land of several hospitable coastal towns on the vicinities of Namibe.
There are reasonable accommodations here some of them explored by South African companies like Flamingo Lodge half way between Tombua and Namibe http://aasafaris.com/travel_angola/flamingo-lodge/
Keep going north and you arrive at Namibe, the capital of the province with the same name. The conventional accommodations in Angola are expensive for south african standards so you may look for alternative places to stay. Angola people are quite hospitable.
Continuing north along the coast, after Namibe, there’s a good number of coastal fishing small towns. One of them is Baia das Pipas, which is a beatiful beach and fishing spot but without conventional accomodations. We were invited to stay in the beach house of someone we had never met. That’s the angolan hospitability.
Personaly we have never tried the road from there to Benguela but we know people that did it and enjoyed tremendously. You find nice coastal towns like Bentiaba and Lucira.
Finally after Dombe Grande you arrive in Benguela, which together with Lobito only 30km north, makes the most important touristic atraction in Angola as far as beaches and fishing spots.
Hope you enjoyed this fictional trip through the south coast and may it be the seed of a beautiful reality.
See you there.