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Pics from Angola
« 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.



This one too



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



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



More to follow.

« Last Edit: March 01, 2010, 06:40:50 pm by Cane Rat »
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2010, 01:16:41 pm »
Awesome pics. More please
 

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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2010, 02:34:53 pm »
Please, dont make us wait...
 

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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2010, 08:37:06 pm »
Cool
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2010, 09:32:36 pm »
Subscribe.... excellent pics.
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2010, 09:58:36 pm »
Cool pix whot you doing in angola?
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #6 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.

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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #7 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.
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #8 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.


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An Old shaper





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.



Rock formation close to the pier.



A very blue sea




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.


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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #9 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:
 

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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2010, 07:12:03 am »
Very nice pics!
 

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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #11 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.







I'm just wondering where this country would be, if they just carried on where the Portuguese left off ???
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #12 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!
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #13 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?

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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #14 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



One Stop



The old bridge just above the falls.



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



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



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



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





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.



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.



The lead vehicle gets stuck.



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.



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.  :-\



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:



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 :-[
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #15 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?
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #16 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.




Its because of the land mines  :peepwall:

Just kidding, Awesome pics. The pics of the lathes gives me a hardon.
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Re: Pics from Angola
« Reply #17 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?

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« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2010, 06:16:05 pm »
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« Reply #19 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.

























« Last Edit: June 26, 2010, 06:24:28 pm by Cane Rat »
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