Places to see
The red tone of the land, the blue of the sky, the other blue of the sea and the green here and there give colour to the semi-arid areas where one can find ”imbondeiro and candelabro cactus‘, enchant the senses and turn the South region of Luanda into an unusual and unexpected picture of beauty.
Coming out through Corimba and going through ”Futungo de Belas‘ (occupied y the Presidency) we can see in front of us the Mussulo ÷ a reef formed by sediments of Kwanza River with about 40 km of length forming a bay with 3 isles which the biggest is known as The Island of the Priests.
The Mussulo is really the pearl of Luanda with great tourist interest. This piece of land covered with ”mangais‘ and coconut palms is a very special place for the best moments of leisure. On the coast, the fishermen live in their traditional ”cubatas‘. On this side the beaches are wide, desert and of white sand. On the other side, the bay is the tourist Mussulo where built weekend houses and a little tourist complex with bar, restaurant, bungalows and water sport centre.
The bay is famous for its variety of fish: whiting and grouper are the most common. The calm water is also good for water sports although the streams provoked by the tides.
The Mussulo cape changes gradually by appearing and disappearing each year little sand isles caused by the streams.
We can get to the Mussulo frequently by sea, there are regular connections and fishermen“s motor boats to rent. We can also get there by land in a 4x4 but just for those who know the way.
Going down the coast to South we can also find in this bay the Morro dos Veados and the Slavery Museum (an obligatory stop).
There is also a fantastic sight from the Morro da Lua, in the road to South ÷ an enormous cave by the sea, created by erosion, in tones of ochre and red. Near the Morro da Lua there is a wide beach, the ”Palmeirinhas‘, a good tourist point but not yet proper for safety reasons.
A bit further, we reach the mystical Kwanza where the river gets to the sea ÷ it is easy to get and good for pictures and fishing. It has a restaurant and some bungalows. One can fish the biggest species of swordfish and ”dourada‘ (golden fish).
Beyond the river, we get to the region of Quissama where a National Park is situated and once famous for its animals, from the big ones (elephants, buffalos, lions) to the little ones (birds and rodents). And by the sea, the beautiful and solitary Cabo Ledo.
Still around Luanda to the East, there is the industrial centre of Viana today surrounded by farms that produce the great majority of fruit and greens for Luanda“s consume. These farms are very good to rest and they even have variety of restaurants and discos.
A few km to North of the city, there is the fishing village Cacuaco with its salt beds. It is an area with a specific landscape till the river Bengo.
Next to the top of Kifangondo there is a wonderful sight of Lakes ÷ affluent formed by the Bengo and where Luanda gets its water. It goes till Funda ÷ a lagoon where one can taste the famous ”cacussos‘ (a river fish) ÷ a traditional dish for the Caluanda, served with beans and palm oil.