CUANDO AND CUBANGO

NATURE AND WAR HISTORY

Menounge, Cuito Cuanavale and Mavinga

Untouched nature

Welcome to Cuando and Cubango, that has bin divided in two provinces since 2024, the home of some of the last wilderness areas in Africa, with rosewood . The largest part of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area is situated in Cuando Cubango (Diríco).

The province of Cuando and Cubango, located in the south-east, is rich in nature and history, especially when it comes to Angola’s more recent history.

The region is rich in nature and the southern parts are part of the KAZA project, which connects the neighbouring countries and will become the largest nature reserve in the world.

This transboundary nature and landscape reserve aims to bring the region and especially the elephant population back into harmony with nature.

War history

The Cuando Cubango province in Angola faced conflict during the civil war (1975-2002), causing significant social and economic challenges.

This region was one of the most contested during the civil war and was the scene of one of the most important battles of the decades-long civil war, which took place in Cuito Cuanavale.
 
Even today, many traces and contemporary witnesses can be found there that make this sad chapter of Angolan history tangible. An authentic piece of Africa that offers a variety of impressions.
Details
Details

Trip Details

Duration

5 Days, 4 Nights

Group Size

From 2 People

Start

Menongue

Trip Type

Nature, History

Important to know

Long overland drives

Landmarks:

  • Train station of Menongue
  • Missombo Prison
  • Memorial 23 de March
  • Former house of Dr. Jonas Malheiro Savimbi in Mavinga
  • Cuchi River
  • Cuito Cuanavale Memorial

 

Places:

  • Menongue
  • Missombo
  • Cuito Cuanavale
  • Mavinga

 

Accommodation:

  •  Hotel or Lodge

 

Meals:

  • Snacks during drive
  • Breakfast

Nature

Breathtaking landscape and biodiversity.

History

Experience the history of the Angolan civil war at first hand.

Photography

Excelente trip for photography enthusiasts.

Full guided

24/7 support during the entire trip.

What to see

Begin your exploration in Menongue, the provincial capital. Immerse yourself in the city’s unique character with a city tour, capturing the resilience of a region that endured significant wartime impact. Visit historical landmarks, including the Menongue train station, and reflect on the city’s poignant past.

Venture to Missombo, a site once used as a colonial-era prison for political prisoners. Explore the surroundings before returning to Menongue for a cultural experience, including a visit to the Memorial 23 de March, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The adventure continues in Mavinga, home to the captivating Mavinga National Park. Witness the breathtaking flora and fauna, and delve into the region’s history by visiting the former residence of UNITA party founder Dr. Jonas Malheiro Savimbi.

Conclude your journey in Cuito Cuanavale, tracing the path of the Cuchi River. Explore the Cuito Cuanavale memorial, delving into the history of the war against South Africa. Relish late lunches and moments of tranquility in this historically charged area, making each day a tapestry of discovery and reflection.

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