AA Safaris – Angola Travel

Flamingo Lodge Activities

Flamingo Lodge activities offered are free of charge to all guests staying full baord and lodge. Every attempt will be made to facilitate these activities, but it should be noted that guides and equipment may be limited when large groups with diverse interests are present. We will do our best to ensure that this does not occur but visitors must co-operate by informing us of their interests when booking.

Shore Angling
Flamingo Lodge is geared to cater for shore-anglers who would like to sample the virtually unexploited stocks of coastal fish that the area offers. The inshore area in close proximity to Flamingo Lodge is a diverse mixture of rock reef and sand, which provides the ideal habitat for a wide variety of fish. Record-sized Garric(Leervis) and Chad(Elf) are caught by spinning or fly fishing, and those who prefer to use bait will be well-satisfied with their catches of Kob(Kabeljou), Rock-Kod, Garric and a variety of other species. The calm sea and weather conditions allow for light tackle. Flamingo Lodge has Tag and Release and research programes, all fish caught are released if not required for the table.

Although excellent catches are made within walking distance of Flamingo Lodge, vehicles are supplied for fishing excursions further from the lodge. Fishing tackle is not provided by Flamingo Lodge so please bring your own tackle we will assist you in what you need when booking. Light bass-type and fly-fishing tackle is NOT provided and should be brought by anyone wishing to experience the great sport offered by large fish on this gear.

Boat-fishing, and excursions to the Cunene River mouth are offered at an additional price.

Diving
Water temperatures in the vicinity of the Flamingo Lodge usually vary between 18 and 24°C and the visibility usually exceeds 5m. The reefs are of sandstone and devoid of corals and large algae. Keen snorkelers will be impressed at the abundance of large fish that they will see and spearfishermen will need to be very selective to be rewarded by a prize catch. Divers are very welcome as they ensure a regular supply of oysters, crayfish and cuttlefish on the table.

No diving or spearfishing equipment is supplied and excursions to the more tropical waters north of Namibe can be organized.

Walking
For those visitors not interested in the other activities and excursions offered, are tired of sunbathing, and feel guilty about the amounts that they are eating and drinking, walking is a good way to ease their conscience. Flamingo Lodge is situated in very picturesque surroundings and walks up to the lighthouse, which offer panoramic views, or along the uninhabited beaches to the north an south are well worthwhile. One might also try to catch a glimpse of the wildlife that inhabits the Falmingo’s river valley.
Kite Surfing / Surfing
Flamingo Lodge has good winds throughout the year, with the predominant South Wester blowing between 10 and 25 knots most days. During the summer months the water temperature is usually above 22 degrees with the sea being very calm. Please note we do not provide equipment, but Angolan Adventure Safaris has a partnership with Gusty Kite in Luanda. They offer courses and lessons, providing you with all the gear and experience needed to enjoy this exciting sport.

With good waves in the winter months there is a large selection of waves to ride. Guides know the beaches well and will be able to find a wave for you.

Local Tours
If there is sufficient interest amongst our visitors they may choose to be taken on a tour of the town of Namibe or to sample its nightlife. They might also be interested in visiting The Arco, a large and very picturesque freshwater oasis in the desert.

Both these areas are within 90 minutes drive from Flamingo Lodge. Anyone wishing to travel further a field should consider one of our excursions.

Conferences & Parties
These activities would usually involve large groups and require exclusive use of the entire camp, thus sufficient prior notice is necessary. Our sleeping and seating arrangements can easily accommodate 30 conference delegates and we have hosted weekend parties of over 100 people (the majority sleeping in tents).

220 V electricity is available to power visual aids, music systems etc.

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