Angola – Benguela
Visa Day 3 (of 5)
Sadly on a 5 day transit visa we had to keep moving so there was no chance to check out anymore of Luanda! On our way out we saw a woman grilling some chicken on the street and so for breakfast we bought some peri peri chicken fried with onions and my god it was good!
The weather by the way was becoming much more southern Africa as there was less humidity, cooler starts and ends to the day with warm sunshine during the daylight hours and by far much more enjoyable than the humid hot sunshine of what we had experienced in West Africa!
Driving along the coast to Porto Amboim we saw a vehicle parked up alongside the motorway and it seemed they had car problems. When we stopped to see if they needed any help they looked desperate for a way to get moving again but weren’t too sure of the actual problem. We tried to jump start their car but the problem was much worse than that and after they tinkered round the vehicle for another 20 minutes I suggested that we tow them to the nearest town which was 40km away so that they could investigate the problem at a garage, they didn’t hesitate and an hour later of driving slower than usual over some large hilly terrain we were able to drop them off!
The drive along the coast was a wonderful experience and it is clear that Angola is a truly stunning country. Even along the coast the terrain is varied and mountainous and you see some wonderful landscapes along the way.
That night we found a quiet place along the coast in Benguela, you could see that some very wealthy people live there occasionally and some are in the process of building their own weekend getaways, so it was very quiet when we got there as it wasn’t the weekend so there weren’t many people around. I asked a nearby house owner who told us that camping close by would be no problem.