Hi traveller friends if you ever have the intention to visit Angola and the territory of Cabinda I can highly recommend Eco-tur.com.
Paul is the owner of the company and he can move things for you to get a visa and he knows Angola very well.
Plus his people they are very knowledgable and they respect the time schedule.
Ola amigos viajantes ! Se você tiver a intenção de visitar Angola e o território de Cabinda, posso recomendar o Eco-tur.com.
Paul é o dono da empresa e ele pode mover as coisas para você obter um visto e ele conhece muito bem Angola.
Além disso, suas pessoas são muito experientes e respeitam o cronograma.
A Kissama Safari with Eco Tur ! One of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had, I mean I’m struck with how beautiful my country is, I’m speechless really. Thank you @ecoturangola and I can’t wait for what’s still to come..
Um Safari em Kissama com Eco Tur – Uma das experiências mais incríveis que já tive, quero dizer, estou muito impressionado com o quão bonito é o meu país. Estou sem palavras realmente. Obrigado @ecoturangola can’t espero ansiosamente pelo que está por vir !
Nuelma Sophia Martins Luanda
Para compartilhar a excelente viagem que fizemos e que contamos mais uma vez com o profissionalismo e o carinho do vosso guia Diniz! Ele supera as nossas expectativas em cada viagem!
Aproveito para enviar algumas fotos!
Muitissimo obrigada! – Auxiliadora Bezerra
Just a note to share the excellent trip that we made and that we count once again with the professionalism and the affection of your guide Diniz! You surpass our expectations on every trip!
I take the opportunity to send some photos!
Thank you very much! – Auxiliadora Bezerra
As series producer of Africa’s Great Civilzations, a landmark history series for US broadcaster, PBS, I had to set up filming all across the African continent. Angola was a key location for our series and we relied heavily on Paul’s expertise and deep understanding of Angolan culture and bureaucracy to facilitate our filming.
The filming was a success and throughout our stay in Angola we felt secure, welcome and appreciated by Paul and his team as well as all we met in Luanda and Mbanza Congo.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul and Eco Tur for anyone wishing to film in Angola.
Africa’s Great Civilizations
We went to beautiful places and the staff of Eco Tur are professional and nice.
We spent 18 days travelling around Angola with Paul and Edson of Eco Tur. We’ve been coming to Angola for more than a decade, and know well how difﬁcult it can be, and how disorganised hotels often are.
Paul and Edson were not only a pleasure to travel with, but went out of their way to make all our guests feel very comfortable and welcome. They got us through with minimum amount of hassle, and kept on top of hotel staff to make sure we got the best service possible. Nothing was too much hassle. I look forward to working with the Eco Tur team in the future and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
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Dr. Callan CohenDirector
I have been back home here in Australia for several weeks now and am just starting to review my photos and go over the recent trip that I thoroughly enjoyed with you. I found that your local knowledge and experience in Angola was the essential ingredient in making my trip an amazing experience.
Throughout the entire trip you made every effort to make sure that we achieved everything we possibly had planned for. This was an incredible achievement based on having only just under 3 weeks that we had in Angola.
Your superb organizational skills enabled us to make the best use of our time at all times.
In fact, if time permits, I would consider yet another trip with you as there is so much to see and experience in Angola.
It is also important to mention that all of the restaurants, hotels and guest- houses that you organized were all an excellent choice to ensure that we always had great food and comfortable accommodation.
I would have no reservation in recommending your services at Eco Tur to anyone who wants to see the best of Angola.
Having worked with EcoTur Angola for more than 10 years, I am pleased to offer an unqualified recommendation for the impeccable service provided by Paul Wesson and his team.
As editor of corporate magazines for BP Angola and Sonangol (the national oil company of Angola), I have needed to travel extensively overland for photography and to gather material for editorial features. Thanks to EcoTur there are now few of its remote corners that I have not visited in comfort – and more importantly – in safety.
A major on-going project has been a series of large-format calendars for BP and also a spin-off coffee table book containing unique pictures – only possible through the knowledge and tightly- planned itineraries put together by Paul which enabled me to make the maximum possible use of my limited time and budget.
I found this understanding of my needs to be part of the EcoTur DNA and there was never an “impossible” demand not met, which often required getting to exactly the right location for the perfect picture angle.
Paul and his organisation also manage the fine-detail of the logistics and accommodation for my trips, and his relationship with the management of the many and varied places at which we have stayed always seems to assure an extra level of attention.
Accordingly, I am delighted to recommend the services of EcoTur – both for an individual or group on vacation – and especially for the professional client like me, very often knowing what one wants to achieve but, in an unfamiliar environment, not quite sure how to do so.
Altogether, I have travelled more than 10,000 miles criss-crossing Angola with Paul Wesson and EcoTur, delivered with a lightness of touch by someone who is clearly passionate about Angola.
July 01, 2016
From May so till June 15th, 2016 I enjoyed a 15 day tour with Eco Tur Angola covering almost 4000 km of good and rough roads throughout Angola and most of the tourist highlights of the country.
In the wee hours of the night I was picked up at Luanda airport by an Eco Tur driver who took me to Saleme guest house to catch up on some lost hours of sleep, before Willie, a South African citizen with almost two decades of experience in Angola, took charge of me for next 15 days starting with a city tour of Luanda covering all the finest viewpoints including the fortress.
The following two weeks Willie took me to Southern Luanda with its Slavery Museum, the Miradouro da Lua (viewpoint picturing a supposedly lunar landscape), the Kwanza River Lodge, a cosy place run by a lovely lady from South Africa, then on to Kissama National Park for safari, the city of Porto Amboim, the waterfalls of Binga, staying overnight at Iris coffee farm, followed by the cities of Sumbe, Lobito, Catumbela and Benguela. The overnight stay at the very good Lodge Kapernbawe offered another game drive (although here game is rather limited as of yet). The city of Lubango and its environs offered a variety of spectacular views, in particular Tundavala and Serra da Leba. Thence we descended into the scenic desert city of Namibe, the beautiful oasis of Arco, reaching the southernmost point of our journey at the little fishing town of T6mbwa not very far from the Namibian border.
The return trip included the former UNITA stronghold of Huambo, scenic Wako Kungo, the town of Calulo, staying overnight at Cabuta Coffee Farm to be reached only by a dirt road that probably hasn’t seen a grader in decades. Coming closer to the end of our tour, we reached the most scenic highlights of any trip to Angola: the Black Rocks (Pedras negras) at Pungo Andongo and the waterfalls of Kalandula, among the highest and largest in Africa. On the final leg back to Luanda the botanical garden in N’dalatando proved to be another rewarding place not to be missed by anybody interested in nature.
I would like to express my thanks to Paul, who worked out this tour in a very professional manner. There was no need for me to correct even the slightest detail of the programme.
And my special thanks must go to Willie, my driver and guide all along my tour. Willie knows the country, even its remotest angles, probably better than most Angolans themselves do. He was familiar with every city and town we visited en route. Extremely well-versed in Angolan history, politics and economy, Willie was able to portray a comprehensive picture of modern-day Angola, including its assets and challenges, and why its assets are not always used to full capacity, and why some challenges seem to be so difficult to address.
Willie is the perfect connoisseur of Angolan geography and nature, being able to identify any mammal on the ground (or tree) or bird in the sky within a fraction of a second, no matter how elusive its appearance may have been. When my untrained eyes just barely noticed the fugitive presence of a feathery creature in the sky of Kissama (or anywhere else), Willie immediately identified the exact species and subspecies and explained how far it differed from another subspecies we were likely to see shortly (and actually saw within a few minutes). The same applies to the flora of the country. There wasn’t a single tree, shrub or flower that he was unable to identify and describe accurately. At Kissama Willie showed me the blossom of a baobab tree for the first time.
I can certainly recommend Eco Tur to anybody who wants to take an in-depth-look at Angola, its nature and its people and who is willing to spend some money on this project. There is probably no other company in Angola matching the experience of Eco Tur relating to tour…
Guenter PlambeckDeputy Head
I am writing to express our gratitude for the work Eco Tur did for my organization, the Japan External Trade Organization, in January and March this year. As you know, we used Eco Tur to manage our transport logistics for a Japanese business delegation to Luanda that included several courtesy visits to the cabinet members and site visits for some 25 executives over 5 days.
Since our office is based in Johannesburg, we were very grateful to you and the staff at Eco Tur for providing not only excellent service during the delegation but also for the invaluable advice during the planning stage.
We would happily and without hesitation recommend your services to other companies.
I had the pleasure of travelling with EcoTur and its proprietor, Paul Wesson, during my visit to Angola in March 2016. EcoTur is a wonderful touring company. In advance of my travel, I had multiple telephone and e‐mail conversations with Paul, who diligently helped me plan a customized tour in Angola. Paul was attentive to my individual interests, which included visits to natural attractions in coastal and interior Angola. In particular, I wanted to spend considerable time at Kalandula Falls, and Paul was able to customize a trip for me that allotted substantial time at that worthwhile location, as well as the N’Dalatando Botanical Gardens, striking Pedras Negras, and the scenic mouth of the Kwanza River. Angola is not a bargain destination, but in spite of its economic challenges, Paul put together a stellar trip for me. He was also instrumental in helping me secure my Angolan travel visa, including an invitation letter personally signed by the Minister of Hotels and Tourism.
Upon arriving in Angola, I was met by an EcoTur guide at the airport, who provided me with an afternoon cultural tour of the capital, Luanda. Paul himself was returning that day from another tour in the opposite corner of the country, but immediately upon his arrival that evening he made himself available to meet with me for a wonderful meet‐and‐greet dinner at a fine Luandan restaurant. I know he must have been fatigued from his long journey, and I greatly appreciated the personal effort he made to be present on the eve of my arrival.
The next three days never wavered from the initial level of excellence. Paul was an enthusiastic, upbeat guide, and shared numerous interesting (some amazing) stories about his experiences in Angola. These made the road miles fall away, and I learned a great deal about the history, culture, and sights of Angola, while getting the insider’s recommendations on must‐see locations and photographic spots. My desire to stay longer at some sites made for some long evening miles between destinations, but Paul never complained, or chided me on the compromised schedule. His top priority was the needs of the customer, and I was so appreciative of his unwavering service.
Impressively, when I mentioned my pie‐in‐the‐sky hope to obtain scientific data about several of the rivers we had seen, Paul got on his cell phone and was able to promptly arrange me a one‐on‐one appointment with the governmental head of water resources! Paul has extensive connections, and the impromptu meeting was an unexpected coup of my trip. I obtained scientific information, straight from the source, which would have been impossible to have gathered elsewhere.
I have no doubt that my trip to Angola would not have been even fractionally as successful if I had not employed the service of EcoTur. Paul Wesson is a wonderful ambassador for the tourist sights of amazing Angola, and I am so happy to have met him and used his business—I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Prof. John Keyantash
April 16, 2013
Eco Tur Angola has handled wonderfully well our ship’s logistically complex visits to Angola — offering great ideas, making the impossible happen, mustering all kinds of resources, and seeing that our guests have an extraordinary time. On top of that, they are easy to communicate with, fun to work with, and nice people. Angola has a lot to offer, and Eco Tur has a deep knowledge of its many facets.
Ralph Hammelbacher Vice President
Eco Tur Video Production
In April 2016 I was handed the task of executing a corporate video production in Luanda, Angola at very short notice. This was one of the most challenging projects I have ever experienced, but also one of the most successful thanks to the services provided by Eco Tur Angola.
Eco Tur went above and beyond my expectations whilst in Luanda. Not only did they provide a professional, experienced and skilled camera crew, they also provided helpful advice throughout and made my visit hassle free. Their team assisted me from the outset, from visa requirements to meet and greet at the airport and hotel, to local transport and even location scouting. Before finding Eco Tur I had planned to bring a camera crew from outside of Angola, and I’m glad I didn’t go ahead with this. Eco Tur have an essential local knowledge and understanding and I would have not got by without them. Their communication was excellent throughout our work together and they provided everything I needed for a successful trip. I was also privileged to tour the city of Luanda with Eco Tur and I would recommend every visitor to do the same.
Turning around this project in such a short time span was a real challenge, but Eco Tur had all of the logistics covered, which allowed me to focus on producing a successful video. My clients are very happy with the results and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Eco Tur as my first choice for video production in Angola.
I would like to thank all of the Eco Tur team on behalf of myself and my clients, it has been a pleasure working with you and I hope we can collaborate again in the future.
Paul Reed Video Producer
I just wanted to say thanks again for organizing my recent trip in Angola, especially on such short notice.
Right from the get-go, I was pleasantly surprised that you answered my call – since it was a Sunday – and amazed at all the information you provided. Super useful!
I’ve travelled a lot in Africa, and it was really refreshing to deal with someone in English, who was able to answer my questions and provide lots of detail.
The printed “commentary” that you provided for the tour was really interesting reading. A big plus! It was also cool how you were available on Whatsapp and that you called several times to check how the tour was going…much appreciated.
Kikas was reliable and professional and took me to all the places I wanted to see. I had a great time! So many highlights…Kwanza River Lodge is a really nice place. Relaxing, beautiful, and the food was delicious! And Miradouro da Lua was beautiful.
Thanks for providing a great service. I was impressed with how responsive and knowledgeable you are, and how well you know the country.
I’d definitely recommend Eco Tur Angola…you guys are definitely the best (and only) choice for people who want to explore Angola…it’s a beautiful place.
Keep up the great work and thanks again! 🙂
My trip to Angola with Eco Tur was an excellent eye opener to a totally new context, culture, way of life – thank you so much for making everything possible and organising it seamlessly. I do look forward to more opportunities to see more of Angola.
Robert Davison, Hong Kong
Minha viagem a Angola com o Eco Tur foi um excelente abridor de olho para um contexto, cultura e estilo de vida totalmente novo – muito obrigado por fazer todo o possível e organizá-lo perfeitamente. Aguardo mais oportunidades para ver mais Angola.
M Cumps Robert Davison, Hong Kong
Robert DavisonHong Kong
We arrived Japan Saturday night after long flights!
Everyone really thank you for everything what you done for us.
We can’t imagine an Angolan holiday without you.
We’ll be waiting for your proposed new itinerary for next year.
O grupo chegou de volta a Japão sábado à noite depois de longos vôos!
Todos realmente agradecem por tudo o que você faz por nós.
Não podemos imaginar férias em Angola sem você.
Estaremos à espera do seu itinerário proposto para o ano que vem.
Obrigado por esta fantástica experiência do passeio de 3 dias as Quedas de Kalandula, Pedras Negras e a Fazenda Cabuta.
Muitos parabéns à Agência e sobretudo ao Dinis e ao Neto que foram exemplares.
Thank you very much for this fantastic experience of the 3 day trip to Kalandula Falls, Pedras Negras and Cabuta Farm.
Congratulations to the agency and especially to the guides Diniz and Neto.
Good night Paul
We adore the experience of the Kalandula Falls trip, we do not even have anything negative to pinpoint.
The whole experience from leaving the house to the return was optimal and we would love to to repeat in other locations in Angola with your company.
Your guide Edson who accompanied us was excellent, very helpful and attentive to everything. He drove very safely even through some of the bad parts of the road. He was always available to all who, especially with our family for as were accompanied by our young daughter. With is kindness and natural sense of help made the trip much easier, for us with our small child. The trip was also very informative in all the we visited, making links to the history of all the places. Whilst it is lovely to see great landscapes, is also important to know a little about its history.
We also wanted to register for the Saturday Safari to the park of the kissama, and Kwanza River 2 adults, a parentage of 2 years.
Our best wishes – Elaine Andrade
Adoramos a experiência de Kalandula não temos mesmo nada de negativo a apontar.
Toda a experiência desde que saímos de casa ao regresso foi ótima. E a repetir em outros locais de Angola na vossa companhia.
O vosso funcionário Edson que nos acompanhou é excelente, muito prestável, atencioso, seguro a conduzir durante todo o percurso mesmo em zonas de muito má condição da estrada. Sempre disponível para todos o que para nós foi ótimo pois nos encontrávamos acompanhados de uma criança pequena. E com a sua simpatia e sentido de ajuda facilitou muito está experiência com uma criança tão pequena. Também muito informativo em todos os locais por onde passamos fazendo uma ligação á história de todos os locais. Afinal de contas tão importante como ver boas paisagens é também conhecer um pouco da sua história.
Queríamos também inscrever para o passeio de sábado ao parque da kissama, e rio Kwanza 2 adultos, uma criança de 2 anos.
Sem outro assunto com os melhores cumprimentos – Elaine Andrade
O safári de um dia para o Parque de Kissama e Rio Kwanza foi maravilhoso. Valeu cada dólar investido. Começa por uma visita ao Miradouro da Lua, depois pequeno almoço (café da manhã) no Kwanza Lodge seguido de passeio de lancha pelo Rio Kwanza, delicioso almoço onde você pode conhecer a cozinha angolana e enfim o ponto alto, nosso safári fotográfico na “caça” aos animais (herbívoros somente: girafas, zebras, gnus, antílopes, veados, elefantes no dia que fui não apareceram) pelos meandros da floresta. O guia Edson foi gentilíssimo. Mais detalhes na postagem “VIAGEM A ANGOLA ou SORRIA, VOCÊ ESTÁ NA ÁFRICA!” que você poderá ler no blog SOPA NO MEL (procure no Google). By Ivo Korytowski
The Kissama Park and River Kwanza day trip safari to was wonderful. Worth every dollar invested. Start with a visit to the Miradouro da Lua, then breakfast at Kwanza Lodge followed by a boat trip on the Kwanza River, a delicious lunch where you can get to know the Angolan cuisine and finally the high point, our photographic safari in the “hunting “to the animals (herbivores only: giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, antelopes, deer, elephants the day I went did not appear) by the intricacies of the forest. The guide Edson was very kind. More details at post “TRAVEL TO ANGOLA or SMILE, YOU ARE IN AFRICA!” which you can read on the SOPA NO MELLO blog (search on Google). By Ivo Korytowski
The Kissama Safari was better than my safari experience in Kruger Park !
Silvina & Mario Kahan
O Kissama Safari foi melhor do que a minha experiência de safari no Kruger Park!
Silvina & Mario Kahan
Silvina & Mario Kahan
Very good communication. Everything went as planned. Made maximum effort to show us all types of animals in the park even when this required extreme offroading. Very good value for money trip. Hard to understand how it can be profitable to run. A long trip !
Muito boa comunicação. Tudo foi conforme o planejado. Fez o máximo esforço para nos mostrar todos os tipos de animais no parque, mesmo quando isso exigia extrema off-roading. Muito bom valor para viagem de dinheiro. Difícil de entender como pode ser rentável dado os custos de Angola ! Passeio muito longo !
An excellent day with excellent wildlife spotting.the food exceeded my expectations, great quality and choice of food given location, excellent value for money. Would definitely recommend this trip !
Um dia excelente com vistas espetaculares da vida selvagem. As refeições excederam as minhas expectativas, excelente qualidade e escolha de comida dada a localização, excelente relação qualidade / preço. Definitivamente recomendaria esta viagem!
Thank you Ecotur team ! I loved the tour and it was really special for me to have the opportunity to do these trips with my aunt visiting Angola. Each tour is unique with ecotur. I love that.
Obrigado equipa Ecotur ! Adorei o passeio e foi realmente especial para mim ter a oportunidade de fazer essas viagens com minha tia visitando Angola. Cada passeio é único com o Ecotur. Eu amo isso.
Edson was a wonderful guide: good explanation, good driver, attentive. Thank you very much for the discovery and it was a very enjoyable tour. I’m in a hurry to do other tours in the future! Restaurant was a bit dark though !
O guia Edson foi maravilhoso : boa explicação, bom condutor, muito atento. Muito obrigada por a descoberta e foi um passeio muito agradável. Tenho pressa de fazer outros passeios no futuro ! Porem o restaurante foi um bocado escuro !
Participei na visita do Quissama Park com EcoTour, sábado 28 de Outubro 2017. Achei esse passeio EXCELLENTE!
O guia Edson chegou, como anunciado, às 06.00h em ponto, ao Hotel Fórum. Sei que os Americanos saíram já antes das 06.00h e eram um pouco frustrados de esperar na Lodge a partir das 07 horas até a nossa chegada, pouco depois das 08 horas.
A saida de barco foi uma das coisas verdadeiramente maravilhosas. Passiamos 2,5 horas no barco – 30 minutos mais de que foi anunciado ! A atmosfera entre todos nós – turistas e tripulação – era excelente! A mesma coisa aplica-se para o safari dentro do parque. Foi uma surpresa ótima que aqui também a saída, na procura dos animais, demorava um pouco mais de que anunciado. Maravilha que o carro tinha um tecto a abrir pois, consegui fazer belíssimas fotografias de pé, olhando através do tecto do carro. Gostei do mirador acima do Rio Kwanza ao final! Comida e bebida: ambas as coisas abundante!
Então: o passeio foi de facto maravilhosa e excelente.
Uma pequena indicação: Se o guia Edson às vezes poderia anunciar mais claramente o que vai ser feito, melhor. Mas isso não levou a nenhum prejuízo e foi apenas uma ninharia. Agradeço muito este serviço EXCELENTE, e espero, um dia, poder participar numa saida para Lumba, pois sou espeleólogo, interessado especialmente em grutas.
Thomas Kesselring (Suiça)
I participated in the Quissama Park visit with EcoTour, Saturday, October 28 2017. I found this trip EXCELLENT! The guide Edson arrived, as announced, at 06.00 a.m., at the Hotel Forum. I know the Americans left already before 6am and were a little frustrated to wait at the Lodge from 7am until our arrival, shortly after 8am. The boat trip was one of the truly wonderful things. We are 2.5 hours on the boat – 30 minutes more than was advertised. The atmosphere between us all – tourists and crew – was excellent!
The same thing goes for the safari inside the park. It was a great surprise that here too the departure, in search of the animals, took a little longer than announced. Wonderful that the car had an opening roof. I managed to make beautiful photographs, standing, looking through the roof of the car. I liked the viewpoint above the Kwanza River at the end!
Food and drink: both galore! So: the output was indeed wonderful and excellent. A small indication: If the guide Edson could sometimes announce more clearly what will be done, the better. Thank you very much for this EXCELLENT service, and I hope one day I will be able to participate in an excursion to Lumba, as I am a speleologist, interested especially in caves.