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Discovering The Ghost City Tour

Country: Angola
City: Moçamedes
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Desert

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Ilha dos Tigres ( Tigres Island) It is the largest island of Angola; its area is 98 km2. It once had been a small peninsula in Tigres Strait known as Península dos Tigres with a well-established fishing village named Saint Martin of the Tigers (in Portuguese: São Martinho dos Tigres).

The ocean broke through the isthmus of the peninsula on March 14, 1962 and the water line was severed. Tigres became an island overnight with no water supply. Later Tigres and the pump station at the Cunene river mouth were abandoned and have become ghost towns slowly being reclaimed by the desert.

Deserted and with sporadic vegetation, the island is located in the northernmost part of the Namibe desert and consists of a succession of high dunes that rise steeply from the sea and throughout its interior. Despite the lack of rain, some humidity is common due to the Benguela current, which causes intense fog during the year, which gives rise to the existence of some vegetation.

Tigres Island is home to several species of migratory birds, including the African black oystercatcher and the white pelican. Many seals are established on the island, mainly from Namibia.

Discover this pearl of Angola, on a memorable adventure through the Namibe Desert. A journey full of adventure as a good part of the route is made between the dunes and the sea, and it must happen at a specific time due to the rising and falling tides.

Day1

Departure from the city of Moçamedes towards the Namibe desert. depending on the conditions of the tides, an we will spend the night on the mainland or on the island.

Day 2

Opportunity to explore this beauty lost on the Angolan coast.

Day3

Visit to Foz do Cunene on the border with Namibia.

Return to Moçamedes

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