This amazing place is about 45 km south from Luanda, Angola. Three years ago, when one wanted to reach this place, you had to be extremely careful as Luanda's surroundings were potentialy highly dangerous due to the Civil war and the lack of control of this area.
Still, when I discovered this place I was absolutely stunned because I was not aware that such a place existed so close from the city where I lived.
Taken from the heights along the sea shore, you can observe magnificient red tones. The relief are quite like the moon surface and the proximity of the azur sea makes this point of view awesome.
Generally speaking, the war process made this magnificient former portugues colony forgotten. The few photographies of the country I was able to see let me suspect that it may be one of the most incredible country in the south part of Africa (deep jungle in the north, sand desert close to Namibia, magnificent beaches, incredible mountains in the heart of the country...)
Last year, the main chief of the UNITA - the rebel movement - was killed after 27 years of civil war. The developement of the country is incredibly low. The countryside is spoiled by war : it is probably among the top 3 considering countries with landmines.
From now, I really hope people over there will suffer no more from civil war and have the possibility to ensure the peace and developement of their country.
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mortijo (12828) 2003-09-17 4:52
Thank you for your picture and for your story. It may not be the best nor may it be the most artistic, but it has one major quality!! It shows me something of a country thqt I don't know and it teaches me something about that country. And that is why I came to this site in the first place!
I'll give you a big smiley
Cathy (335) 2003-09-17 14:40
I agree with mortijo, but it is important to know that land like this exists. I like the rust color of the earth and the blue sea.
joseelias (0) 2003-09-19 9:14
Just another add to the note. Before the civil war Angola - along with Guiné-Bissau and Mozambique - was at war with Portugal(for independance) for 13 years. So this country is devastated by 40 years of continuous war... :-(
mrdelurk (361) 2003-09-22 2:14
Great composition, and great information.
svdiesen (98) 2005-01-22 19:00
Nice to read a bit about Angola, as the other commenters said: I also do not know much about it. While we were at the namibian border, we crossed and walked in Angola. There were a lot of semi-presous stones on the border of the Kunene, bur the cost for the commercial development would be more then the gains. The Serra Cafema mountains we looked over were beautiful.
quelquepart (810) 2005-10-24 19:08
J'avais entendu parler de cet endroit mais je n'avais pas vu de photo. C'est impressionnant. Et le climat a l'air un peu plus propice à la photographie que dans les pays un peu plus au nord...
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-11-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Sony DSC-S70, JPEG 100 ISO
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: LIVING IN ANGOLA
- Theme(s): Life in Angola has different faces. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-09-17 4:10