JAKKALS’ TOP TIPS FOR ANGOLA
Danie “Jakkals” van Ellewee has been guiding safaris in Angola for eight years and helped develop the current tour route. On average he spends about three months a year in Angola and in the process has seen the best and the worst of the country. Here are his top tips for those planning to travel in Angola.
Patience is you best friend at the border, interactions with police, and at roadblocks. Don’t take photographs of government buildings, especially the blue police stations and the pink municipal offices. It’s not allowed. It helps to have a basic grasp of Portuguese because very few people understand English. It’s good to know a few phrases like how to greet, amounts of money, as well as the words for petrol and diesel. Prepare yourself mentally for driving on the wrong side of the road, because at intersections and traffic circles it’s easy to turn in the wrong direction out of habit. Plan your route very well, since overnight spots are few and far between and if you run into trouble things can get dangerous. Take all absolute necessities you might need with you, like medicine or unusual spare parts for your vehicle. Don’t assume you can buy it en route in Angola. Finally, don’t travel with a caravan or off-road trailer through the country at the moment because the condition of the roads are especially bad.