What Our Clients Say

Gorgeous!

We went to beautiful places and the staff of Eco Tur are professional and nice.

Recommended.

Sonia Costa

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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Yours sincerely,

Dr. Callan CohenDirector

Dear Paul,

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.

Sincerely yours,

Bob Nelson

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

Peter MoellerDirector

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

Dear Paul

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.

Kind Regards,

Tomohisa IzunoDirector

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.

Sincerely,

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.

Sincerely,

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.

Kind Regards,

Paul Reed Video Producer

Hi Paul

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! 🙂

Best wishes,

Yui