Lubango is set in a lush tropical valley guarded by the statue of Christ built high above on the cliffs overlooking the city. Rich in colonial architecture, and mixed with the confusion of Africa, Lubango has many bars and restaurants that offer interesting variety with rich Portuguese heritage.
Largely unaffected by the war, Lubango provides access to the beautiful beaches of Namibe. En route, watch for the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure, where you can climb to 2600 meters above sea level. The view of a sheer drop to sea level is quite spectacular. Barely touched by the fighting, Lubango is Angola without the war-wounds. It is a bustling and vibrant highland settlement embellished by attractive parks and dominated by a dazzling white marble statue of Cristo Rei (Christ the King) that towers above the pastel-pink colonial buildings like a miniature Corcovado Christ. This statue is only one of three in the world and is a replica of the one in Rio de Janeiro – one of the few remaining signs of hope and peace.
In the 1880’s the area was settled by Boers coming north from the Transvaal and also by Portuguese farmers from Madeira.
Lubango is the capital city of the Angolan province of Huila, its main economy is agriculture and the area produces meat products, cereal, sisal, tobacco, fruit and vegetables..
Lubango has a main airport and is also served by the southern line of the Benguela railway.
- Immerse yourself in the bustling and vibrant town
- See the dazzling white marble statue of Cristo Rei that towers above the pastel-pink colonial buildings. This statue is only one of three in the world and is a replica of the one in Rio de Janeiro.