South Lunda

Lunda Sul is one of the 18 provinces of Angola. Discover the land of diamonds, how to get to this province and several other tips on how to manage your travel expectations.

History

Lunda-Sul is a province of Angola located in the northeast of the country. Before the arrival of the Portuguese colony, the lands of Lunda Sul were the territory of several Bantu peoples, of the Chocue, ganguelan ethnic groups, and some Luba fractions. These three peoples began to organize themselves politically in the 16th century.

Lunda-Sul is located in the plateau area, characterized by reliefs no higher than an elevation of 1000m.

Saurimo was the former capital of Lunda province, but with its division into two provinces (Lunda Sul and North Lunda), remained the capital of Lunda Sul in 1978.

Geography and Demographics

The province of Lunda Sul has an area of 77 636 km² and its capital is Saurimo. The province is currently subdivided into 4 municipalities which are as follows:

  • Dala
  • Kakolo
  • mukonda
  • saurimus

Climate

The province's climate is predominantly tropical-humid, with temperatures ranging between 34ºc maximum and 22ºc minimum.

Population

With a population of approximately 516,077, part of the population consists mainly of the Lunda-Tchokwe ethnic group, in addition to other ethnolinguistic groups such as Bangalas, Xinge, Minungos, Luvales, M'bundas and Balubas, the latter being a fusion, coming from the regions of the Moxico and Lunda-Norte.

The most widely spoken national language in the province is Tchokwe.

Lunda-Tchokwe people

The Lunda-Tchokwe people, being mostly from Lunda Sul, have a rich historical and cultural tradition, taking into account the value of the lyrics of their folk songs and traditional dances, such as: Macoopo, Txianda, Txissela, Txiliapanga, Miting, Muquixi, etc. These people also inherited a fabulous ethnographic wealth and their sculptural school is one of the most remarkable in all of Africa.

In terms of culture, there are several dance groups, recreational centers, musical groups, theater groups. As well as monuments of civil architecture, religious, and historical sites.

Nature

The forests are dense and evergreen, following the interfluves or the sources of rivers. Here, you can still see bush savannas, wooded savannas and dry forests.

The province has several species of animals: elephants, golungos, nunces, red sables, hippos, lions, alligators, crocodiles, jaguars, goats, wild cats, and snakes, such as pythons, flying snake, surucucu, cusdeira, among others.
In relation to birds, you can see vultures, swallows, eagles, storks, herons, mink fish, guinea fowl, partridges, wild ducks, among others.

The most important rivers in the province are the Mombo, the Luachi River, Chicapa, Luachimo, Chiumbe and the Cassai River, which rises in the Alto Chicapa region, at a height of 1,300m.

The other rivers are Muanguês, Cuango, Luó, Luavuri, Cucumbi and Luzia.

Most of these rivers are possible to practice sport fishing.

How to get

There are two viable ways to get to Lunda Sul province. For those coming from abroad, the starting point is the city of Luanda, which is the capital of Angola, about 1,040 km away and Lucapa, 135 km from Saurimo . Luanda is the point of intersection that connects the other provinces. To travel by flight from a province other than Luanda, it is necessarily first necessary to make a stopover flight to Luanda.

On the one hand, we have air transport as one of the means to be used to reach the province. There is an airport (Aeroporto Deolinda Rodriguez), in Saurimo, for small and large planes. To purchase a airline ticket TAAG should arrive at Luanda's domestic airport bound for Lunda Sul or you can still make an online reservation.

On the other hand, it is possible to reach the province by road. Leaving Luanda, Saurimo is reached via Malange. To purchase a ticket to Lunda Sul, you must arrive at one of the stores of the interprovincial bus company Macon, with stores in Gamek-vila, Golf2 Kimbango, Camama and other agencies distributed throughout the city.

Where to stay

After figuring out how to get to the province of diamonds, the next question comes, where should you stay when visiting the province? This issue will no longer be a problem while the portal Welcome To Angola are here as your tour guide.

The range of options for accommodation in Lunda Sul, among which we can highlight the following options:

Transport

To get to know the province better, you will need a means of transport that can take a visitor from one place to this one. In this section the portal will show you which are the transport mines you can use within the province of Lunda Sul, which are the following:

Rent a Car Services, most of the holeteller units mentioned in the previous section have this service, with sophisticated vehicles.

Bike taxi, if you want to get somewhere quickly, you can use these cupapata services, take the passenger to their final destination.

Blue White Taxi, can still travel in this province with the candogueiros, a car that takes an average of 13 passengers, with its specific stops.

Typical dishes & where to eat

In this province, subsistence agriculture is practiced, having as main crops cassava, maize, rice, ginguba, sweet potato and yam. Artisanal fishing is also practiced.

Typical dishes are Kizaca, funge and dried meat. Plates with leaves (cassava, beans and others) are very popular.

 

To taste the gastronomy of Lunda Sul, you can visit the informal market stalls, or even the following restaurants:

What to do

The province of Lunda sul has places with exotic landscapes that cannot be missed, among which we can mention the following:

visit the falls

  • Luachimo Falls
  • Luaxi falls
  • Chicapa River Falls
  • Chiumbe River Falls
  • Samussanda Falls

Historical monuments 

  • Religious Monument of Our Lady of Lourdes, built in 1930.
  • Religious Monument of the Catholic Mission, built in 1948, is located in Saurimo next to the Bishopric.
  • Civil Architecture Monuments of interest: Residence of former Public Administration employees, Governor's Residence, CTT Building, Endiama Delegation and the former Government Headquarters.
  • Cathedral of Saurimo

what to bring the suitcase

To have a complete trip, you must bring the following items in your suitcase:

  • Summer clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Moisturizing skin cream
  • Swimsuits
  • Repellent
  • Photographic camera
  • Cash in cash, some informal markets do not work with credit card services
  • Turaya telephone

Tips for managing your expectations

  • Some airlines in the province do not have mobile network coverage.
  • You will be able to find several companies and houses working with alternative energy generators.
  • To bathe in a river, you should ask the residents for tips on whether it is allowed or not, and do the diving without the authorization of traditional entities.
  • Some services, such as restaurants, transport, hotels and others, may not satisfy the customer's needs in the way they wanted or expected to be.

What to take home

The sculptures are well known, especially the masks made of wood. It also produces basketry and clay items.

As the first tip of a souvenir to take home you can take the Mwana Powder Statue. second tip can take african costumes handmade. Third and a tip may take a Sassacokwe rhythm disc.

Finally, you can enjoy a complete tour of the city of the chokwe Please let us know if this article was helpful to you in the comments below.

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