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WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola

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Breakfast in Cazombo, Moxico Province, Angola, July 2023

WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola

Economic activities like mining, agriculture and tourism will change the trajectory of people in towns like Cazombo in the Moxico Province of Angola.

By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine             

Cazombo is a town in the Moxico Province of Angola about 156km from the Chavuma/Caripande border with Zambia. The people of Cazombo were victims of a destructive civil war that lasted more than 27 years and can be roughly divided into three periods of major fighting (from 1975 to 1991, 1992 to 1994, and 1998 to 2002) with fragile periods of peace in between.

The Moxico Province and especially areas around Cazombo are attracting the interest of early-stage mineral exploration companies, agri-business and tour operators, which could give the local community some form of hope of a better future.

WhyAfrica, with its primary sponsor Remote Exploration Services (RES) traversed the Moxico Province in Angola during our 2023 WhyAfrica Overland Road Trip. This year’s road trip also took us through the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, and South Africa.

One of our aims, amongst others, was to determine how the development of projects in the mining, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, tourism, and water sectors will affect remote regions in Angola, the Zambezi Basin and the communities dependent on these rivers systems and the freshwater lake of Malawi.

Cazombo, particularly, was a special place to visit and experience. The shallow wounds of an intense, destructive civil war that ended 21 years ago, is still clearly visible as soon as we walked across the border at Caripande from Western Zambia into Angola.

Cazombo and the civil war  

During the civil war in Angola, Cazombo was of strategic importance due to its 3-kilometre-long airstrip which the rebel movement UNITA used to receive military supplies.

A military offensive in the east of Angola by the Angolan army FAA in 2000, succeeded in driving the UNITA troops out of a string of towns and villages near the border with Zambia. On 19 September 2000 the army took control of the town of Cazombo following a reported 15-minute battle with UNITA rebels in the main street.

But Cazombo’s wounds are healing, albeit slowly. With increased activity in and around the Moxico Province, and most of the landmines cleared, the people of this forgotten town are starting to see new signs of hope…

Take a drive with us through the main street of Cazombo where a gunfight between UNITA and the FAA 23 years ago left people homeless and without a future:


To find out more about Cazombo, the Moxico Province and what we uncovered during the 2023 WhyAfrica Road trip, you can now purchase WhyAfrica’s 2023 Road Trip Report which gives you a detailed, on the ground account of our recent trip through Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa.

The report is available to buy from the WhyAfrica online shop. Click on this link to visit our shop: https://www.whyafrica.co.za/shop/

Remember, if you are a WhyAfrica partner, sponsor or members you receive a free copy of the report. To become a WhyAfrica member click here:  https://www.whyafrica.co.za/product/membership/

To become a partner or sponsor of our annual WhyAfrica Road Trip, send me an email on leon@whyafrica.co.za

WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola


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WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola

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