Crossing Angola with Transit Visa
We just arrived in Namibia a couple of days ago. We decided to go via Cabinda to skip the VERY bad roads to Luozi (we had dual entry Angolan Transit visa's). We got our DRC visa in Yaounde. Had no problems entering either of the Angolan or DRC borders with our visas issued along the way. When leaving DRC at Luvo they where surprised that we managed to enter with a visa from Yaounde, but gave us no problems to leave.
We overstayed our Angolan visa by one day, but no one noticed the day spent in Cabinda so didn't have any issues. Travel through Angola was fantastic, the Police and locals super friendly and helpful. We where only stopped at about 5 or 6 road blocks and only had one half hearted attempt for a 'gift to remember us by.' But a 'no' quickly changed the subject. Not one bribe/payment made in all of Angola. The police also asked us to register in the provincial capitals in the north, but after explaining our limited visa time they waivered this for us.
Our route was : Songololo/Luvo crossing (very slow, 7:30 - 12:00 am)- M'banza Congo - Nzeto - Caxito - Luanda - Benguela - Lubango - Leba pass - Lubango - Santa Claire crossing. The roads are 90% good new tarmac, but there are some bad sections especially where they are building new tarmac (Longest about 40 km). The exception and worst section was the whole route form Nzeto - Caxito. Long and horrible. Would be even worse if wet.
Fuel : There was a shortage in Mbanza and Nzeto, but bottled fuel was easily found. Once one the tarmac towards Luanda there are lots of fuel stations all the way to the southern border. Mainly in the bigger towns, but shouldn't be a problem. Never more than 300km apart.
ATM's : Available in all big towns. Especially south of Luanda. Cash shouldn't be a problem, but we never used them. Thought ATM's would be scarce so we carried a lot of cash.
Letter from embassy : The SA embassy in Brazzaville emailed me a letter stating they have no objections that I apply for an Angolan visa. Dominik's letter from the Belgian embassy only stated that he presented himself to the embassy with plans to apply for an Angolan visa. The Angolan Consulate in Dolisie are not specific about what the letter should state, they just want something form your home embassy.
Hope this helps everyone on their way.
Safe travels and good luck with Angolan Visa's.
Henri & Dominik.