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Photo Samples, Angola

The unknown gem of Central Africa

 

Compared to almost anywhere else, Angola is a "very difficult" destination. Apart from being quite expensive, the whole bunch of countries from Nigeria down to Angola are bloody hard to negotiate simply because of the visa regulations, and Angola is even worse than most. Visas are expensive and sometimes hard-to-get, and once you are there, the infrastructure is not exactly what you expected, and then there's always the eternal threat of corruption. On the other hand, due to the difficulty, Angola remains the last tourist-free "refuge" on the planet, and travelling there is a bit like going back to the days before mass tourism. Actually great, and I encountered no problems at all!

As usual, all photos are © Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

The beach promenade of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Drying fish; Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Mending the nets; Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fish vendor; Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fishing boats mixed with local architecture; Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Car washer throwing hand signs; Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of several parks in Benguela, easily recognizable by the classic Portuguese cobblestones; Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sweeping the lawn - all made of plastic! Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fruit market; Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

From my short carreer as a sub-Saharan English teacher at Nancys School; Benguela, Angola. A great evenuing together with a bunch of very eager pupils. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The ice man at sunset; Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Nice Art Deco building from the 30'ies, La Restinga Peninsula, Lobito, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The unspoilt Atlantic beaches of La Restinga Peninsula, Lobito, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Having a rest in an old car; Lobito, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Hungry? Catumbela market, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Banana vendor; Catumbela market, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Have a smoke at Catumbela market, Angola. Note that the cigarette if turned inwards, a common practice among Angolan women - but for some reason never the men. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Busy doing nothing. Surprisingly friendly police officer at Catumbela market, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The absolutely unspoilt beach at Baia Azul, south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The hand-made decorations of a local jazz club at Baia Azul, south of Benguela, Angola. All the stars were there, from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller to Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Time for work: Rusty truck stranded at the beach at Baia Azul, south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Trying to repair a very rusty wheel barrow; Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Charming girl; Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One more charming girl; Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. For some reason, this hairdo looks so much better on Blacks than Whites. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Drying fish; Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. All the small black dots are flies! © Claus Qvist Jessen

Seeking refuge with mother - far away from the bad white guy with the camera; Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Snap ME! This local fisherman looks threatening but just wanted me to snap his photograph. Very friendly guy - like all Angolans. Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Colourful fishing boats  at Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sorting the fish at Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy fishermen at Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Waiting for something to happen; Baia Farta, 20 kms south of Benguela, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Potato farmer on the road, somewhere in the highlands between Benguela and Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Somewhere Calling the spirits of the ancestors in a small highland town in between Benguela and Huambo, Angola. Reportedly, 40% of the Angolans still believe in the spirits - very African and very colourful. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Administrative building in the new part of Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Chinese made tri-bikes are all over; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local paintings of global brands; Cuca and Nocal are Angolan beer  taste great; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Street vendor; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

School's out; southern Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Having a haircut; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

There are lots of guns in Angola, but fortunately they are rarely used. Here shown by a private guard in Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Neckties, sir! Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of a few bombed-out buildings in the centre of Huambo, Angola. The civil war lasted from 1975 to 2002 and left its scars all over the country. Some of them are still easily visible, such as this one. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The neighbouring building is fairly shot-out as well, however, people are still living there; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Bronze statue suffering from the shootings of the past; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Mine removal equipment of the HALO Trust; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

More mine removal equipment of the HALO Trust; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A sign of warning: Anti-personnel mines at the HALO Trust; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local tyre vendor; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very friendly shop keeper; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Doing the laundry; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Laundry the old way; Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Chinese-made tri-bikes are all over, here outside Huambo, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

One of the few sad things about Angola: The huge amounts of garbage, which is just left there with nobody doing anything. Here in the coastal town of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local hero of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sleeping kid; Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Beautiful home-made motorbike in Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Drying the flour in the sun; Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Slightly shy woman; Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The river cutting itself through the escarpment of Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Passing the marshes; Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Catch of the day; Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

African architecture; Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Mending the fishing nets; Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sorting the fish; Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Like anywhere along the Angolan coast, drying the fish seems to be the rule. Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Selling vegetables; Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Having a beer in Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. One beer is 150 Kwanzas = 30 US cents = not that expensive :-)  © Claus Qvist Jessen

Home-made toy cars are seen all over Africa - here in Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Granny with her grand child. Note the way the woman smokes the cigarette: With the glow inside her mouth. Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cooking at the market; Kikombo, 20 kms south of Sumbe, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The absolutely unspoilt beach of Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. If you are looking for tranquility, this is the place. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local kids admiring my fishing rods; Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local wildlife of Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Peace and quiet at the Carpe Diem Resort; Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sunset at the Carpe Diem Resort; Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The dry landscape of the Cabo Ledo region, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

On the main road, Cabo Ledo is mostly a truck stop with lots of places to get some food; 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local guy at the Cabo Ledo truck stop, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Have a drink? Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

At the truck stop, repairing tyres seems to be a main activity. Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Transporting the water; Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The lower part of Cabo Ledo is right at the beach. Everyone here seems to be a fisherman; 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The fishing town of lower Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local cooking in lower Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Maritime delicacies; Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Bottle runner; Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Have a drink? Cabo Ledo, 80 kms south of Luanda, Angola. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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