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13 Tips when traveling to Angola by car- the Namibian route

Traveling to Angola with our blue Toyota Bakkie

The driving route form Namibia to Angola is long but worth the scenic landscapes. A lot of planning and organizing is involved in this adventurous trip. It usually takes us about 2 casual days from central of Namibia to Namibe’ in Angola. As from our experience…

01 |  Photo Copies

There are a lot of road blocks in Angola. Make sure to have enough color copies of your Passport, Drivers License, Vehicle registration papers and Vehicle police clearance to show instead of your originals. Make sure to get your ‘pink receipt’ for your car at the Angolan Border. All road blocks will ask for that Form.

02 |  Extra Cool drink

Always have an extra cool drink or a packet of cigarettes close by. Be polite and offer these to officials or locals when they are giving you a hard time.

03 |  Have Patience

Be friendly, patient and have a lot of time. Especially at the Border Posts and Road Blocks.  Calculate for at least 2hours at the Border Posts. They love unpacking the cars and checking through everything. Assist them and be friendly and you will see how quickly they will let you proceed.

04 |  Portuguese

Learn a few basic Portuguese words. Make sure you know how to greet and say thank you. Most of the locals cannot talk English. Hello – Olá; Good Day – Dia bom; Thank You – Obrigado; Good Bye – Tchau

05 |  Border Posts

Try getting through the Border Posts as early as possible to avoid long queues of walk-in locals.

Here are the Namibian Border Posts opening and closing times:

Ruacana Border Post 06:00-18:00
Omahenene Border Post: 08:00 – 18:00
Santa Clara | Oshikango Border Post: 08:00 – 18:00

06 |  Local Currency

Do not only rely on US dollars. At most shops, hotels and filling stations they only accept their local currencies – Angolan Kwanzas. Try to get hold of some Kwanza’s before entering Angola or exchange some at the Border Posts.

07 |  Vehicle Backup

Never travel only with one vehicle. Make sure you at least 2 or 3 cars on trip as backup.

08 |  Yellow Fever Passport

Make sure to get a yellow fever injection before you leave your country. Or check that you current one is still valid.

09 |  Medical Aid

Confirm with your medical aid that they have you covered while traveling for that specific time in Angola and take along necessary medical supplies. Do not rely on getting any in Angola.

10 |  Visas

Do you have a visa? We as Namibians are privileged enough and do not need a Visa to enter Angola. For those of you traveling from outside Namibia, make sure you apply for a Visa.

11 |  Supplies

Bring your own camping gear and spares. Make sure you have enough supplies, petrol and water for your length of stay. Basic supplies you can get in most towns- but these you’d like to avoid. If you get a petrol station with Petrol, fuel up immediately. Do not try and rely on the next one. The next service station might not have. Buy bottled water for drinking.

12 |  Surf and Fish Gear

Bring your own surf and fish gear. There are not any surf or fish shops close by.

13 |  Flamingo Lodge

Visit our friends at the Flamingo Lodge.

Have you ever been to Angola? How was your trip like? We’d love to hear from you! If you have any questions regarding this post please comment below!

Want more of Angola? Read more about our post: 17 things to do and explore in the south western part of Angola here.

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