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Lubango Angola Safaris
Lubango is in the south-western region of Angola and is the capital of Huila province. Located 150km northeast of the port of Namibe, the city of Lubango is nestled in a lush tropical valley surrounded by mountains. Because it is situated on the Huile plateau, Lubango is provided a cool, moist climate with savannah vegetation.
Lubango appears to be relatively unaffected by the 40-year conflict that ravaged many other communities in Angola, and has maintained most of its old-world charm. Formerly known as Sá da Bandeira during the Portuguese colonial period, Lubango was first settled when fertile land attracted fifty-five Boer families (the Dorslandtrekkers) from Transvaal in the early 1880s. These settlers developed the land and obtained Portuguese citizenship. When the Portuguese authorities refused to give them ownership of the land, forty-five of these families moved to German South-West Africa, where they settled in the area of Grootfontein. In 1882 approximately one thousand settlers came from the impoverished Portuguese island of Madeira. These Portuguese farmers thrived and their subsistence farming consisting of mostly sweet potatoes was very successful. By 1910 there were over 1700 Madeirans living in the settlement that was referred to as Lubango.
Lubango is a unique, tranquil and picturesque city that offers a number of points of interest. There is the Cristo Rei, a large statue of Jesus that overlooks the city. The statue is the only one of 3 in the world and is a replica of the one found in Rio de Janeiro. One popular excursion located 20km out of town is the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure, where one can climb up to 2600m to get a view of rolling hills above the clouds, and a sheer drop to sea level, which is breathtaking. There is also the famous Leba Mountain Road on the way to Namibe that winds its way up the mountain to a height of 1845 meters above sea level and drops1000m via a succession of precipitous switchbacks, providing incredibly beautiful scenery.
The nearest national park to Lubango is Bicuar National Park. Established as game reserve in April, 1938, Bicuar National Park qualified as a national park in December 1964. The park is home to a vast array of exotic African wildlife including elephants and antelopes.