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Old 13 Nov 2008
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I am in Luanda for a few days getting onward visas

Hi All

Would love to hook up with any riders in Luanda.

Anyone seen or heard from Linzi?

Cannot PM or email her.

Any recommendations on where to stay?

I have only heard of "The Yacht Club" - but it seems it is far out of town...

My bike and gear is currently parked in front of the Residence of the South African Ambassador - and the flies are all over it (I do have the horns from a bull on my front mudguard - and they are over a week old from Sesfontein, Namibia!)

I can be contacted on +264 855 666 080

Any visa information particularly for the francophone countries using the French embassy here in Luanda or in Kinshasa, as well as security info regarding DRC and CAR would also be greatly appreciated.

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1) Dan and Linz have a website - best to contact them through it - Going Somewhere
2) Yacht Club (not the Naval Club which is down the street - have no experience there) is a decent place to camp and it's free - not sure how the edge of the Ilha is considered "far out of town" but I would say it's ideally situated for accessing central Luanda (i.e. on your bike - not a walking city at all) and the embassies aren't that far. Ask for Marco or ask for Raphael who works for Exxon- both are club members who dine there regularly (or go fishing on their boats) and speak excellent English and are great people
3) Congo-Brazzaville embassy is on the 4th floor in the building next to the hotel at the far eastern end of the Marginal (forget the name but its the big international hotel there - it's in the Lonely Planet as well)
4) Gabon embassy is around the corner from the American embassy - ask either the security guys their or the crowd in front of the Nigerian embassy
5) DRC embassy is tough to find AND mislabeled in the Lonely Planet- it's tucked into a looping sidestreet off of Mainga - go a few streets past the Guinea Bissau embassy, and hang a left at the funeral parlor (Funerario or something in Portuguese) - it's your first left afterwards and you should see the flag hanging
6) DRC is fine I am sure - fighting is contained to the East; I had no problems a few months ago. CAR is prob same as it has been - mild risk of banditry on main roads to and from Bangui.
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