DRC Songololo crossing into Angola, south to M’banza-Congo (has a fuel station) is a doable dusty piste with some ruts around. SW to Tomboco has fresh Chinese tar and descent piste, they are preparing the rest of the way to N’zeto for tar. Made Sogololo to N’zeto in one day, filled the bikes with bottled fuel at N’zeto and had no problems with it (the red coloured hotel is on the main street opposite the couple of old disused fuel pumps).
N’zeto – Musserra, is a mix of sandy (follow the tracks which is not as deep but this is not dune fields) and hard packed road.
Musserra south, a little sandy in places (not as much as before) and crappy broken tar that makes it difficult to get a good rhythm going, stick to the sides off the tar where possible, takes a while to get through. The road forks SE to Caxito, back on the dirt after short tarred section, I went SW to Luanda and was tarred all the way.
Luanda - Porto Amboim – Benguela, is good tar.
Benguela – Quilengues, good tar (small section to be done yet).
Quilengues – Cacula, is tarred then has 35-40km of rougher piste.
Cacula – Lubango – Quihita(I think?), good tar.
Quihita – Cahama, slightly corrugated piste beside the roadworks which leads onto long tarred section. Cahama hotel/bar/restaurant/ S16’17112, E014’18.4115, ask for Elvis! 3000Kz/night, place to get your head down with secure parking in Elvis’s place.
Cahama – Humbe, about 90km of a rough and potholed route which makes it a slow going section, off to the sides it’s a bit smother, allow over 2hours for this bone shaker.
Humbe – border, smooOOooth tar.
Regarding fuel, there were queues at the stations in Angola (city queues where longer but the gasolina queue was not as bad as diesel) but if you’re sensible and fuel up outside the cities you’ll save a bit of time. You’ll get fuel in Angola so don’t worry but plan ahead to be sure as you’ll only have 5days to cross. I didn’t top up in Cahama (racking was tied together and didn’t want to load the bike more) and the pumps were dry in Xangongo with people waiting. A top tip
if you are running out is look for a mobile phone mast, hopefully you’ll find guys looking after generators that will sell you some. The guys in Mongua sold me some for 100Kz per litre through the fence (still cheap fuel!), usually 40Kz but they would need to replace it, it guaranteed to keep moving across the border and everyone was happy
. The other stations I saw towards the border had no gasolina either but the very last one right at the border had some so I queued for 5-10min and topped up my tank. I could have hit these places at a bad time just before the tanker arrived as people were waiting…?
A word of warning once in Namibia (oh, bikes have to pay 115N$ for road tax at the border, carnet doesn’t cover this), I got caught doing 80kph in a 60 zone. Was up for a 150N$ fine that meant me doubling back to pay it (couldn’t do a runner) so asked if I could pay without getting a receipt. He asked for 100N$ and made sure he didn’t write a ticket (TIA), happy days. Oh apparently bikes should also have there lights on when riding.
Doing Angola in 5days is not as bad as you think, on a bike, and Namibia will have you staring at things you haven’t seen for a long while after the west coast route (hopefully find a washing machine soon!). It’s all lemon squeezy from now on…
Hope this info helps. Have a goodin everyone!!!