JAKKALS’ TOP TIPS FOR AN­GOLA

Go! Camp & Drive - - Destination | Southern 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.

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