Marta Tours and Trips

Ten Tribes

Duration 10 days


Our trip starts from Luanda, take Flight at domestic airport to Lubango (Huila) arrival around 19:25. Meet the guide transfer to the hotel or similar. Overnight.

Day 2. LUBANGO – CHIBIA –Mucuma MARKET- Mumuila community (70 km 2 h driving)

After breakfast we drive to Chibia municipality make a stop in Chibia town, an old colonial city, and we will make a walk through its streets with beautiful colonial architecture. After photo-shoots we continue our driving to Mumuila tribe. The Mumuila are one of the most distinctive tribes in the region. They are a Bantu-speaking agro-livestock tribe. They are known for their rich cultural heritage that includes traditional practices, crafts, jewelry, and body decorations. The women in particular have become quite famous for their jewelry and dreads, known as nontombi. To create this unique hairstyle, women mix ochre or crushed red stone with cow dung, herbs, oils and others. The women’s hairstyles and jewelry are used not only for decoration but also to show their status in the community. We stay overnight nearby the small Mumuila community near the mountain and spend the evening with them. Accommodation: tents


Breakfast. We drive to Xangongo (Cunene) to see Africa’s widest baobab trees and remnants of the Civil War (1975-2002). After lunch we make short drive to Humbe area to meet the Humbi tribe and their unique hairdos – elephant ear style. Meet the local queen and explore the village. At afternoon we attend fico ceremony, the initiation of girls into the adulthood.  Mufiсo girls dress in traditional clothes and prepare one of the most ingenious hairstyles in the world. This hairstyle can only be performed by individual masters. Accommodation in tents

Day 4  HUMBE – OTCHINJAU —DIMBA TRIBE — ONCOCUA — VATUA TRIBE (250 km, 5-6 h driving)

Breakfast. Drive back to main road. Stop in a Dimba village around Otchinjau to meet some Himba women with special hairdos and their beautiful painted houses. Dimba (Mudimba) hairstyles are different from the hairstyles of other tribes, Each hairstyle is a piece of art and a unique feature of this African tribe. We continue our driving to Oncocua through Angola’s wildest nature have a 1 hour stop for lunch on the way. Reach Oncocua town in the afternoon, Oncocua is the most traditional place in Angola where the most authentic tribes survive. The area is inhabited by four traditional Bantu tribesꓼ : Dimba, Hakaona, and Himba the Vatua. Accommodation: tents drive to the village of Vatua people (3 km from Oncocua). Vatua is the hunter gatherers, who live in the sacred mountains of Oncocua and imitate the dressing style of the Himba, while being anthropologically closer to Khoisan bushmen.

Day 5. ONCOCUA — HAKAONA TRIBE — ONCOCUA — HIMBA TRIBE (25 – 50 km, 2-3 h driving)

Full day of tribal immersion, Dimba, Hakaona, and Himba and Vatua. Early morning we drive southward, some 6 km from Oncocua, to the traditional village of Hakaona tribe.
The Muhakaona (Hakaona) are traditional cattlers and farmers. Unlike the latter, they are involved not only in cattle breeding, but are also engaged in agriculture. The Muhakaona language has many borrowings from the Mukubal language, and is not related to the Herero (Himba) language. Their   hairstyles are unique, Vakahona women use a mixture of black peat and butter to fixes their braided hair. Without the addition of ochre, their hairstyles have a deep black color, unlike the ochre-red of Himba women. Return to Onconcua town to the camp to have late breakfast and and 1h30 of rest. After resting, drive to the village of Vatua people (3 km from Oncocua). Vatua is the hunter gatherers, who live in the sacred mountains of Oncocua and imitate the dressing style of the Himba, while being anthropologically closer to Khoisan bushmen. Accommodation: tents

Day 6. HIMBA TRIBE — ONCOCUA – CAHAMA – LUBANGO (370 km, 7 h drive)

Drive to Cahama via Oncocua. Lunch in a local restaurant and continue to Lubango.
Arrive in Lubango in the late afternoon. Dinner and relax in the hotel or similar. Accommodation: hotel or similar.


After breakfast we are going to explore the city of Lubango and its surrounding. Lubango is the second most populous city in the country after the capital and is famous for its picturesque landscapes, including rolling hills, valleys, and the iconic Christ the King statue that overlooks the city. Some of the highlights of the city include the historical Lubango Train Station, The cathedral of Lubango (Sé Catedral de São José), the Huila Regional Museum and others. After visiting the center of LUbango city, we will head outside the city to the Tundavala Gap viewpoint. This geographical wonder is characterized by a dramatic escarpment that offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Upon arrival back to the city, we will visit the symbol of Lubango – Christ the King Statue. The 30-meter-tall marble statue was built in 1957 and was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is now one of the biggest statues of this kind in the world. 3 hours after we drive to Namibe, Bibala passing through the zing zang road of serra da leba, before that have a small stop at miradouro da leba to catch the fascinating view of leba mountain. We continue our drive reach the local market of Mangueira where large number of mucubal tribes settle to buy and sell their goods.

We continue our trip to Bibala to the Villages of Ngendelengo (Munguendelengo) . Like other tribes of Angola, the Nguendelengo are notable for their unique hairstyles. Boys still maintain (in very rare cases) the culture of wearing mohawks, and women braid a mixture of ground tree bark and oil from the kernel of the mupeke fruit into their hair. Evening visit of the Nguendelengo village.
Accommodation: tents

Day 8. NGUENDELENGO TRIBE — GARGANTA — NAMIBE (160 km, 3 h driving)

Before sunrise, go to the village of Nguendelengo, some 3-4 km trekking, to visit and photograph these amazing people at sunrise with the huge baobabs on the background. Go back at camp to have breakfast. Drive down towards the Atlantic Coast and the city of Namibe. Stop on the way in Giraul oasis with nice desert scenery. Have a stop for Picnic lunch. Arrival in Namibe, do walking city tour around Namibe art decó cinema and dinner in the restaurant on the Atlantic coast. Accommodation:  Hotel or similar


We will start the day with some 4×4 adventures in The Namibe Desert, also known as the Namib Desert in Angola – a coastal desert located along the Atlantic Ocean. The landscape is characterized by vast dunes that reach up to 300 meters in height, rocky plains, and sparse vegetation. After spending some hour in desert we drive at coast side toward town Tombua, photographing  fishermen. Tombua has long been the largest fishing port. Afterward, we will visit Arco Lake – a beautiful oasis, fed by the waters of the Rio Curoca river. It gets its name from the characteristic sandstone arches. Unfortunately, due to the lack of rain in recent years, the lake dried up a few years ago and has remained so ever since. However, the region is still picturesque and worth taking the trip. Less than 30 minutes away is one of the hidden gems of our itinerary – the picturesque Camilunga Canyon. In the evening we will return to Namibe where we will spend the night. Drive back to Namibe, directly to the airport.
Evening flight to Luanda with TAAG Airlines departure at 20:15 (schedule or airlines may change).
Arrival in Luanda at 22:00. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel.

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