Update on Angolan visa heading north
A quick update on the Angolan visa situation heading north.
Angolan embassy in Windhoek will only accept an application from a permanent resident of Namibia.
The consulate in Oshakati will only issue a 30 day ordinary visa after the payment of a large negotiable sum. The going rate appears to be between N$3,000 (US$400) and N$8,000 depending on your bargaining skills and patience / desperation. Expect no receipts and last minute attempts to increase the price. There appears to be little chance of a transit visa at the normal price.
There is no chance of a transit visa at the Oshikango / Santa Clara border, and my travelling companion was turned around with a big "Refused Entry" notice.
There is a border crossing at Mahehene (on the roads to Ruacana) , which does not appear on any maps I have seen, although it is on Tracks 4 Africa. This is a much quieter and easier crossing than Santa Clara. There is also a single vehicle piste from here to Cahama, which avoids the bad section of road between Cahama & Humbe. 4WD not necessary in the dry season, although it might be in the wet season.