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Title: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on March 01, 2010, 06:32:36 pm
Guys, I often go riding around and take pictures of interesting things I see here in Angola. I have previously posted some pics and thought it might be a good idea to start a thread where I can add pictures as I take them.

This not bike related as the Capo is standing snuggly under covers at home.

The past weekend I did a trip down to Porto Amboim, a little coastal town about 270km south of Luanda. I heard there were some old locos there, so here's what I found:

This old lady has been out of action for a very long time.

(http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/4407/portoamboimloco21002270.jpg) (http://img25.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimloco21002270.jpg/)

This one too

(http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/1347/portoamboimloco31002270.jpg) (http://img32.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimloco31002270.jpg/)

This one prolly came in for a service some 30 odd years ago and is still waiting

(http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/6372/portoamboimloco4bw10022.jpg) (http://img695.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimloco4bw10022.jpg/)

Here is an old rail crane. Check the posers. Drunk a skunks, but pose we will...

(http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/1548/portoamboimcrane2bw1002.jpg) (http://img412.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimcrane2bw1002.jpg/)

More to follow.

Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: NickyO on March 25, 2010, 01:16:41 pm
Awesome pics. More please
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Berm_Rooster on March 25, 2010, 02:34:53 pm
Please, dont make us wait...
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Stormer on March 26, 2010, 08:37:06 pm
Cool
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Captain Zef on March 26, 2010, 09:32:36 pm
Subscribe.... excellent pics.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: zetman on March 26, 2010, 09:58:36 pm
Cool pix whot you doing in angola?
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on April 07, 2010, 09:28:50 pm
Sorry guys, had to come home to re-charge. Will post again when I'm back in Angolsh.

To Zetsman. I work here/there
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Gérrard on May 13, 2010, 09:30:45 pm
Show us the mountains and other places you would ride a bike. Tell us about the people and places.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on May 15, 2010, 07:42:06 pm
Okay, here is a few also fro Porto Amboim. We stumbled on this old loco workshop full of old lathes etc.
(http://img532.imageshack.us/img532/5986/portoamboimlathe1100227.jpg) (http://img532.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimlathe1100227.jpg/)

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(http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/6397/portoamboimlathe3100227.jpg) (http://img38.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimlathe3100227.jpg/)

An Old shaper

(http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/566/portoamboimshaperinsepi.jpg) (http://img688.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimshaperinsepi.jpg/)

(http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/7254/portoamboimmillingmachi.jpg) (http://img30.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimmillingmachi.jpg/)

There are a lot of people living around this old train yard in the worst poverty you can immagine. what caught me though, was a total lack of hygene. the "world" is their toilet. I would have thought that someone would at least dig a hole for a pit toilet, but no. the crap all over the place. as we were walking towrds the trains, I smelt crap but never realized I was walking amongst it until my friend told me to watch out for the "landmines'

there is a lost of money in this country with its rich oil reserves and diamonds, but it does not filter down to the people on the ground.

Below is the pier at Porto Amboim. We walked to the end. There were a few guys and kids fishing with handlines. Little mullets about a 100mm long was lying al over the place. Probably their meal for the evening.

(http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9564/portoamboimjetty1002270.jpg) (http://img132.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimjetty1002270.jpg/)

Rock formation close to the pier.

(http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/9125/portoamboim21002270480.jpg) (http://img508.imageshack.us/i/portoamboim21002270480.jpg/)

A very blue sea

(http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/5808/portoamboim11002270479.jpg) (http://img69.imageshack.us/i/portoamboim11002270479.jpg/)


On our way back to Luanda, I noticed some wrecks from the main road. They were difficult to reach, but we got close to this odd looking one.

(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/1112/portoamboimshipwreck100.jpg) (http://img202.imageshack.us/i/portoamboimshipwreck100.jpg/)
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: RobC on May 15, 2010, 11:41:22 pm
Great pics, what a shame that all that stuff is just rusting away like that.
Like you mention I could never understand the lack of hygiene as well, it boggles me. Back in 76 we were tasked to guard a refugee camp in the Caprivi and the "landmines" became a real health hazard. We showed them our latrines, even managed to get a load of "Gokarts" for them but they never lifted a finger to dig holes and use them properly! :eek7:
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: XXL on May 16, 2010, 07:12:03 am
Very nice pics!
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on May 16, 2010, 10:13:37 am
These were taken at a town called Catete about 60km south-east of Luanda. These guys had it all when they took back their country but someone apparently said they had to detroy to construct and therefore they destroyed.

There are about 20 of these old locos standing here. A steam enthusiasts dream, but nature is slowly overcoming them.

(http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/5596/oldloco51002040312.jpg) (http://img63.imageshack.us/i/oldloco51002040312.jpg/)

(http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/8862/oldloco3catete100204029.jpg) (http://img153.imageshack.us/i/oldloco3catete100204029.jpg/)

(http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/7744/oldloco3bwcatete1002040.jpg) (http://img541.imageshack.us/i/oldloco3bwcatete1002040.jpg/)

I'm just wondering where this country would be, if they just carried on where the Portuguese left off ???
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: igundwane on May 16, 2010, 05:39:00 pm
Bike or no bike, you're making the best off it! absolutely awesome pics - you can bet the guy's at Sandstone estates in Free state would like to get their hands on those prizes!
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on May 16, 2010, 06:40:09 pm
Bike or no bike, you're making the best off it! absolutely awesome pics - you can bet the guy's at Sandstone estates in Free state would like to get their hands on those prizes!

Hey Lionel. How's things?

Jip I try and see as much as possible, but a Toyota 4x4 is no substitute for my bike. After a dayn behind the steering, it feels as if I had done a million miles ;D
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on May 23, 2010, 03:30:31 pm
This was taken about year ago when we went looking for caves and a place to camp. We had the waypoints and the GPS, but we never found either one. Would have like to do it on the bike, but company transport had to suffice.

Cachoeira falls

(http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/1374/cachoeirafalls.jpg) (http://img18.imageshack.us/i/cachoeirafalls.jpg/)

One Stop

(http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/5420/cachoeiravillage.jpg) (http://img341.imageshack.us/i/cachoeiravillage.jpg/)

The old bridge just above the falls.

(http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/9269/oldbridge.jpg) (http://img185.imageshack.us/i/oldbridge.jpg/)

It was blown up during the war, so they built a new one.

(http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3751/newbridge.jpg) (http://img196.imageshack.us/i/newbridge.jpg/)

From Cachoeira we headed for the camp. In the right direction, but on the wrong road. Water everywhere.

(http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/9497/dsc000102b.jpg) (http://img268.imageshack.us/i/dsc000102b.jpg/)

Grass higher than the vehicles. Fortunately there are no lions around. In fact, there was no wildlife around.

(http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/5990/dsc000381.jpg) (http://img413.imageshack.us/i/dsc000381.jpg/)

You also don't see many vehicles in these parts. Mostly Chinese disposable bikes, so nature takes back what man had created very quickly.

(http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/4452/dsc000401z.jpg) (http://img245.imageshack.us/i/dsc000401z.jpg/)

(http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/7949/dsc000361s.jpg) (http://img202.imageshack.us/i/dsc000361s.jpg/)

A Local's Palace. These people are dirt poor despite the fact that this is quite a wealthy country with rich oil reserves and diamonds.

(http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/5445/spalace.jpg) (http://img692.imageshack.us/i/spalace.jpg/)

We came across this abandoned village in our effords to find the right road to the camp. Kinda spooky and I wondered why they had abandoned it.

(http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/800/abandonedvillage.jpg) (http://img26.imageshack.us/i/abandonedvillage.jpg/)

The lead vehicle gets stuck.

(http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/3866/dsc000441vx.jpg) (http://img684.imageshack.us/i/dsc000441vx.jpg/)

Two locals turned up and inform us that the road ends about 50m further on. Despite the fact that we were driving towards the camp, we would never reach it. There was one huge mountain between us and the camp. It was getting late and it took us forever to get to this point, so we started looking for a place to camp.

(http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/4280/dsc000451.jpg) (http://img266.imageshack.us/i/dsc000451.jpg/)

We turned around and headed back. We found a clearing next to this mielie field and we started making camp, when the same locals rocked up there on a chinese disposable. "Not a good idea" they said. The owner of this field was bad news.  :-\

(http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/2475/subsistancefarming.jpg) (http://img218.imageshack.us/i/subsistancefarming.jpg/)

We were told to go and sleep at the next village, but we didn't know what to expect so we carried on. About 2 km past the village we notice a break in the bush and turned off. We made camp about a 100m from the road and behind some bush. We had no idea where we were, but it was getting dark so we had no choice, but low and behold, the next thing the same two locals pitch up on their bike and told us that this was a good place. :thumleft:

(http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/6316/dsc00051qro.jpg) (http://img12.imageshack.us/i/dsc00051qro.jpg/)

We were a bit suspicious of them following us and everybody wonered if it would not be a good idea to move again.  ???We did'nt and later that night we heard the bike going past again. It was dead quiet here. I saw fire flies for the first time since I've been a kid. This was awesome.

Needles to say, we spent the night without incident and I think we all felt a bit guilty the next moring. The locals were only trying to help :-[
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: igundwane on June 01, 2010, 06:04:54 pm
Hey Wynand! some more really great photo's! - is that Fanie on the back of the bakkie?
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Usurper on June 01, 2010, 08:49:05 pm

You also don't see many vehicles in these parts. Mostly Chinese disposable bikes, so nature takes back what man had created very quickly.

(http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/4452/dsc000401z.jpg) (http://img245.imageshack.us/i/dsc000401z.jpg/)


Its because of the land mines  :peepwall:

Just kidding, Awesome pics. The pics of the lathes gives me a hardon.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on June 06, 2010, 10:26:10 am
Hey Wynand! some more really great photo's! - is that Fanie on the back of the bakkie?

Jip, Fanie and Jaco.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: HP FREAK on June 06, 2010, 06:16:05 pm
 + 1  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on June 26, 2010, 06:18:31 pm
I have posted some of these pics before, but somehow managed to delete them from image shack. Igundwane asked that I post them again so here goes.

The Bay of Wrecks as it is called, is where the Portuguese captains beached their ships to prevent the locals using them. Some also say that there was no fuel left so they just lifted the anchors and allowed them to wash out on the beach.

(http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/6725/43451986.jpg) (http://img824.imageshack.us/i/43451986.jpg/)

(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/3848/dsc00769bw.jpg) (http://img163.imageshack.us/i/dsc00769bw.jpg/)

(http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/9923/dsc00771bw.jpg) (http://img267.imageshack.us/i/dsc00771bw.jpg/)

(http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/285/dsc00777bw.jpg) (http://img375.imageshack.us/i/dsc00777bw.jpg/)

(http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/9964/dsc00779bw.jpg) (http://img84.imageshack.us/i/dsc00779bw.jpg/)

(http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/299/dsc00782bw.jpg) (http://img23.imageshack.us/i/dsc00782bw.jpg/)

(http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/2979/dsc00793bw.jpg) (http://img697.imageshack.us/i/dsc00793bw.jpg/)

(http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/5123/dsc00796n.jpg) (http://img822.imageshack.us/i/dsc00796n.jpg/)

(http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/2171/dsc00809bw.jpg) (http://img526.imageshack.us/i/dsc00809bw.jpg/)

(http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/5091/dsc00813bw.jpg) (http://img638.imageshack.us/i/dsc00813bw.jpg/)

(http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/5108/dsc00816bw.jpg) (http://img696.imageshack.us/i/dsc00816bw.jpg/)

(http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/5117/dsc00831bw.jpg) (http://img718.imageshack.us/i/dsc00831bw.jpg/)

Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on June 26, 2010, 06:41:24 pm
Here is a few that was taken on a second visit to the wrecks and in colour.

(http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/6674/caboledo1001310238.jpg) (http://img526.imageshack.us/i/caboledo1001310238.jpg/)

(http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/2792/chinta1001310250.jpg) (http://img51.imageshack.us/i/chinta1001310250.jpg/)

Slowly being devoured by the sea.

(http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/1340/goinggoinggone100131024.jpg) (http://img195.imageshack.us/i/goinggoinggone100131024.jpg/)

(http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/2773/mindelo1001310264.jpg) (http://img5.imageshack.us/i/mindelo1001310264.jpg/)

(http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/4838/ngola1001310234.jpg) (http://img704.imageshack.us/i/ngola1001310234.jpg/)

(http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/1919/pinzonprimero1001310217.jpg) (http://img231.imageshack.us/i/pinzonprimero1001310217.jpg/)

This image is my favourite.

(http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/4183/twins1001310213.jpg) (http://img191.imageshack.us/i/twins1001310213.jpg/)
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: 2 Stroke Dan on June 26, 2010, 06:47:26 pm
Canerat, baie mooi fotos, dankie! Waar is hierdie skeepswrakke presies?
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on June 26, 2010, 07:01:17 pm
Canerat, baie mooi fotos, dankie! Waar is hierdie skeepswrakke presies?

Dankie Dan.

As jy van Luanda af die pad vat ooswaarts na Caxito, kry jy die village genaamd Panguila Village. Draai links en ry deur die village tot by die see. Van die wrakke kan mens van die hoofpad af sien. Jy kan hulle op Google Earth ook sien. Ek skat daar is omtrent 30 van hulle.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: chicco on June 26, 2010, 07:29:01 pm
Hi W, Lank laas gepraat, hoe gaan dinge aan? Nice foto's. :thumleft: Gaan jy vir Jan en Stefan iewers ontmoet op hulle Angola ride?
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on June 26, 2010, 07:36:19 pm
Hi W, Lank laas gepraat, hoe gaan dinge aan? Nice foto's. :thumleft: Gaan jy vir Jan en Stefan iewers ontmoet op hulle Angola ride?

Hey Chicco,

Gaan goed man. Nie geweet hulle is op pad hiernatoe nie. Ken hulle nie rerig nie. Is hulle van ons wereld?

Kobus en anner manne vannie Kaap sou ook opgekom het hiernatoe en het my telefoon nommer gevat, maar nooit kontak gemaak nie. Weetnie of hulle dit gemaak het tot hier nie.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: chicco on June 26, 2010, 07:42:34 pm
stefan (SGB) en paar friende is die oomblik in angola vir a trippie.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=49078.msg981327#msg981327
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on June 26, 2010, 09:42:02 pm
stefan (SGB) en paar friende is die oomblik in angola vir a trippie.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=49078.msg981327#msg981327

MMM ja, ek's ook maar lekker stupid veral nadat ek die laaste post daar gedoen het, maar ek glo nie hulle kom tot hier bo nie.

Die wereld waarvan SGB praat  is bietjie ver suid van waar ek is. Lyk ooknie of hulle reg kry om te update nie. daar is nog baie dele van Angola wat nie selfoon ontvangs het nie. Dis eintlik scary want as iets met jou gebeur en jy het kannie hulp kry nie, is jy gebol.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on June 26, 2010, 09:45:38 pm
Cane Rat net nuuskierigheid. Hoe beland so n klomp skepe op die strand bymekaar?
Sabotasie in die oorlogtyd?
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: redtiger on June 26, 2010, 09:59:43 pm
Awsome pics thanks for posting. I bet if those wrecks etc had been in SA they would have been chopped up and sold to scrap merchants long ago only a matter of time before somebody sees an opportunity and they will be gone forever.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: LeonDude on June 26, 2010, 10:07:50 pm
In the world of instant news, as in CNN, I often think that the hole world is now modern. That, of course, is not true. There are many places in the world that is still to be explored. And long may it stay that way, or we Adventure Dogs would have nothing to do but drink Black Label and think about the good old days.
I hope Angola will open up for us, but off course I hope Angola will stay an adventure for us.
Eish, 50/50.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on June 27, 2010, 09:46:32 am
Cane Rat net nuuskierigheid. Hoe beland so n klomp skepe op die strand bymekaar?
Sabotasie in die oorlogtyd?

Die een storie is dat, toe die locals hulle land terug gevat het, wou hulle die skepe konfiskeer en die kapteins/eienaars het besluit dat dit nie gaan gebeur nie. Hulle het die skepe ge-beach. Die ander storie is dat daar nie meer brandstof oor was nie, die bemanning wou uit die land agv die oorlog so toe lig hulle net anker en los die skepe dat die gety hulle land toe stoot.

Altwee stories maak 'n bietjie sin, want party van hulle, kan mens duidelik sien dat hulle doelbewus teen die strand uitgevaar het, maar die wat paralel met die strand le, lyk meer of hulle uitgespoel het.

Ek skat, mens sal nooit regtig die ware storie ken nie.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on June 27, 2010, 09:50:15 am
Awsome pics thanks for posting. I bet if those wrecks etc had been in SA they would have been chopped up and sold to scrap merchants long ago only a matter of time before somebody sees an opportunity and they will be gone forever.

You'd be surprised to see how much scrap metal is around here. There is no way to recover it and nobody seems interested. I have an idea that legsilation prevents the recovery and export of scrap metal, because Angola is not really geared up for exporting anything but oil and diamonds.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Cane Rat on June 27, 2010, 10:14:44 am
In the world of instant news, as in CNN, I often think that the hole world is now modern. That, of course, is not true. There are many places in the world that is still to be explored. And long may it stay that way, or we Adventure Dogs would have nothing to do but drink Black Label and think about the good old days.
I hope Angola will open up for us, but off course I hope Angola will stay an adventure for us.
Eish, 50/50.

If you look at Luanda, it is busy developing into an ultra-modern city. Buildings that go up here (and there are many) are fitted with the latest technology, but it's totally overcrowded and very dirty. Lobito on the other hand, is a much nicer city. It's clean, not as busy and they are refurbishing all the old Portuguese colonial buildings/houses.

The oil companies are very strong and obviously the Americans, because where there is oil, you will always find the Americans.

When you however go inland, it's a different story. Towns like Seles that once was a wealthy place because of coffee and cattle, is now dirt poor because there are no cattle farms and all the coffe trees have gone.

The Isreali's have a kibbutz set-up going at a place called Waku Kungo (formely called Cela), but these little farms are apparently just for war veterans. It seems to be doing okay. It was originally started by the Portuguese during the colonial times and driving around there, you can still see remnants of the old colonial farms.

There are some awesome places to see around here, but Angola is not at all geared for tourism. Poverty, despite all the oil, is rife and only those in charge really benefit from it.
I'll post some more pics later.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: TornadoF5 on June 27, 2010, 04:35:18 pm
Some mesmorizing pics especially the wrecks, which have a real mistique about them thanx for sharing!
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Desert Ox on July 22, 2010, 09:15:19 pm
Great Pics

I hope to see the locos myself in August. We're doing a trip from Ruacana to Xangongo, Matala, Dove dam, Huambo to Quibala. If time allows we hope to reach to port Amboin, then turn south along coast to Namibe and out via Lubango,Cahama crossing the into Namibia via Ruacana.
Stunning country for bikes and 4x4. Keep up the pics.
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: roxenz on July 23, 2010, 12:25:50 pm
This image is my favourite.

(http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/4183/twins1001310213.jpg) (http://img191.imageshack.us/i/twins1001310213.jpg/)


Yes!  Immediately caught my eye - like two old folk sitting on the porch, leaning towards each other, skinnering about what the youngsters are up to.

Excellent work Cane Rat!
Title: Re: Pics from Angola
Post by: Paulsky on July 23, 2010, 12:34:28 pm
Really nice pics, I'd love to go there sometime