"A Time Warp" Lobito by jungleboy

Lobito Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 30 photos

Lobito is a port just North of Benguela and is also the starting point of the Benguela railway that streaches far into the African continent. The town has clearly had a prosperous past as streets are lined with large colonial mansion houses, cinemas, bars and cafes. However it is a bit of a ghost town at the moment although there doesn't seem to be much physical damage done by the war.

Lobito also has an Ilha like Luanda with beaches streaching along it. It wraps around the port which is said to be bigger and better than the one in Luanda.

There are a couple of good hotels in Lobito and there is a good clean beach at the very end of the Ilha. It has good security and the owners of the bar/restaurant there let us camp on the beach for New Year.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:amazing architecture, clean streets, lots of bars/restaurants, nice beaches, a few shops/hotels
  • Cons:roads to Lobito not very good! But they are passible.
  • In a nutshell:A little time capsule
  • Last visit to Lobito: Jan 2005
  • Intro Written Jan 19, 2005
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Comments (3)

  • Sep 13, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    HI I was born in lobito very very near from the mermaid in the picture and the reason is that a danish man fall in love for the city but still missing is country, so he order the building of the mermaid wich is a danish symbol

  • Nov 14, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    the people there are freindly and want to show you the area. they like to have thier picture taken and want to talk to foreigners.

  • Sep 9, 2007 at 7:21 AM

    Its called Canata I belive... its much bigger now... with 2-3 story high mud houses.

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