Angola – Lunbango
We drove more inland towards Lubango and once again the landscape changes but the consistent factor is the beauty of the country. In the morning we spotted a couple of cyclists that looked like long distance travellers, when we met up with them they had also been travelling for a while, one French guy had been cycling through Africa for the past couple of years, the American had cycled from Spain to here over the last 8 or 9 months and were nice guys to chat to. They had overstayed their welcome in Angola by over a week already but were hoping that at the border they would meet a nice official who wouldn’t see this as a problem. It is impossible to cycle Angola in 5 days so they must have a case!
A few hours later we were in a nice town called Lubango and things seemed to change a little here in terms of the food prices as we got closer to the Namibian border. We found a nice Portuguese cafe that had a great selection of savoury pastries and the owner Joanna was such a friendly woman who spoke great English, she had lived in Namibia for a number of years and had moved with her Husband to Angola where she was originally from a few years back. She was kind enough to buy us both a beer as we sat munching on her pastries and salad which again like most of my African experience so far was full of generosity and kindness.
That night we found a small man made pool of water off a side road near Chibemba and camped their for the night. I had to remove the contents of my roof tent at this spot to let the mattress dry up as it had started to smell from the dampness of the rain it had soaked up while in Congo Brazzaville and DRC Congo!
The only problem with this place was that throughout the late evening many cars would arrive and people would come out covered in dust and dirt and strip off and dive into these pools of water cleaning themselves vigorously with their own soap, after seeing that it wasn’t a place for me to have a quick dip so I decided to remain unclean until we got to Namibia!