30. September 2016

Martin’s Turning Manoeuvre at the Incredible Serra da Leba Pass / Martins Wendemanöver am legendären Leba-Pass

Me in front of the incredible Serra da Leba Pass. Still with a relaxed smile,
but a few minutes later...
Ich vor dem legendären Leba-Pass. Hier lächele ich noch,
doch ein paar Minuten später...
... my heart stands still for a moment. Why? Please read the text.
... bleibt mein Herz für kurze Zeit stehen. Warum? Das steht im Text.
Street art ...
Straßenkunst...
... along the lower part of the pass
.... entlang des unteren Teils des Passes
And art made by nature
Und ein natürliches Kunstwerk
Again the magical baobab trees
Auch hier die magischen Baobabs
The legendary Leba Pass - we did it! 
Der legendäre Pass liegt hinter uns!

One of the national landmarks in the country is the Serra da Leba Pass, situated some 36 km southwest of Lubango. This breathtaking mountain road spirals down in round ten kilometers about 1,000 meter from the high plateau to almost sea level. Martin drops me off at the viewpoint. I take pictures of him, while he drives down, starting with the most challenging part, a section of round 12 hairpin bends. But what is this chap doing then? My heart stands still for a moment, as he all of a sudden

25. September 2016

Fantastic, the View from Tunda-Vala... and Our Rate of Exchange / Grandios, die Aussicht am Tunda-Vala... und unser Umrechnungskurs

Breathtaking gorge at Tunda-Vala
Atemberaubende Schlucht am Tunda-Vala
Martin close to the edge
Martin am Rande der Abrisskante
I can top it...
Das kann ich toppen...
... and get just a weary smile;-)...
... und ernte nur ein müdes Lächeln ;-)...
Never mind!
Macht nichts!

Business-minded, that guy: offers "Take-away" pictures at Tunda-Vala
Geschäftstüchtig, der Kerl: bietet Fotos zum Mitnehmen am Tunda-Vala

The view from Tunda-Vala is just fantastic, and as the first visitors the next morning we enjoy the quiet and the glorious panorama. Yet we have to change some money. That is why we go back to Lubango soon. 



Angola expensive? Not any more

 

For a long time Angola was an incredibly expensive country. Its capital Luanda used to be even the most expensive city in the world, yet before Tokyo. Why? Angola is an oil-rich country. In the past it built its economy on oil wealth. But now, with low oil prices, the national currency Kwanza is suffering, as well as the whole economy.

We are sorry for Angola, but for travellers these are pleasant conditions. The official

First Impressions in Angola / Erste Eindrücke in Angola


Huge baobab tress in Angola
Riesige Baobabs in Angola

About ten kilometers behind the border in Angola is a roundabout in front of us. This is surprising, for here are firstly just dusty gravel roads, and secondly almost no vehicles. That’s farsighted planning! Soon we start looking for an adequate place for the night, since it is almost around five in the afternoon. On a small grassland, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, we strike it rich. There is a narrow field path just some meters away. It turns out that this is the main road to a little village close by. Some motorcycles pass by. Girls and elderly women return from the fields. Shy, but curious they all look over at us, though nobody comes closer. So much restraint we are not used at all. We greet them and give them a friendly wave. Everyone starts smiling and waves back warmly. That is a pleasant start in a country so far unknown to us.



Pristine landscape in the southern part of the country
Ursprüngliche Landschaft im Süden des Landes
Maize drying in the sun
Maiskolben trocknen in der Sonne


Baobabs, plenty of baobabs

 

The next morning we drive through a small town called Calueque to the northeast. This area is quite remote. Here are hardly any people, just plenty of monkey-bread trees. Baobabs, our favorite trees. How awesome is that! I cannot get enough. Alas in doing so we miss the junction. We are just wondering since the road is becoming more and more overgrown with