Trip Start Apr 11, 2009
38Trip End Jan 08, 2010
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Although we obtained an Angolan visa in Nigeria, we were concerned whether we would be allowed entry in the country - we had heard plenty of horror stories of irrational border officials. There was a group sigh of relief when, with only an hour or two delay, we obtained access into Angola. However initially we were not able to extend our 5-day visa, which left an unrealistic expectation that we could drive over 2,000km in 5 days, much of which over bad and slow roads....the long days ahead were dreaded!
Only a day & half and 300kms into our visa-induced driving challenge, a rock flicked up through the dust (and there was plenty of dust!) to hit our radiator, which damaged the fan...luckily we had a spare fan, but we were stuck in the small town of N'Zeto for two days whilst waiting for repairs to radiator
After managing to get a 5-day visa extension in Caxito, we headed into Luanda, capital city of Angola and 2nd most expensive city in Africa. I splurged and enjoyed a fantastic indian meal out with Chris and Tamara - after months of non-hot/spicy food, to suit fussy eaters on the truck, we were glad to have some spice and convinced ourselves that the western prices were worth the quality food and wine...
The remaining four days in Angola was broken by a stop in Labango - where I was underwhelmed by the world's third-largest Jesus statue, however my lack of enthusiasm may have been influenced by coming down with a bacterial bug that swept the truck - a couple of days of vomiting, shits, fever, flu-like aches & cramps....many of the symptoms of malaria, so I was pleased when other people started getting sick and we recovered quite quickly
We have finally caught back up to the colder weather, which means the blankets and warm clothes are back out...it seems like only weeks ago that we were complaining about the heat!
The best part of Angola were the people - friendly kids and adults waved at the truck passing by and it reminded me of the countries of central-western Africa....the worst bit was the lack of fresh produce from which we had to try cook meals that did not use pasta/tuna/rice...ingredients most are well and truly over!!