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What to Do in Lobito, Angola



Lobito is one of the most important cities in Angola, and the rise of the city is closely related to the development of the harbor, and of the Benguela Railway. For many years, Lobito had not been linked to the highlands, but the construction of the new railway changed its status for good. The decision of building a railway station here happened at the beginning of the 20th century. Back then, the Portuguese government, through Teixeira de Sousa, which was the council president, decided to offer Sir Robert Williams the opportunity to build a railway road here, and also offered the concession for 99 years of exploitation of the railway. Soon after the contract was signed, the actual construction started, and Lobito gained a railway station and a new harbor.

Until 1948, Lobito was not considered a city, and it was at that date that a clear urbanization plan came into being. The harbor is quite impressive, measuring five kilometers in length, and with a 600 meters entry. It took many years for the harbor to be finalized, but the efforts made by the people were rewarded. In the second half of the 20th century, a shipyard was also built here, and it is even at the moment, the largest of its kind in the entire country.

As expected, the first place to visit in Lobito is Catumbela railway station. The colonials that built the station also built here a small town, called Catumbela. If you like steam engines, you will be able to see some of them lying around the station. The small yard is often visited by tourists with a passion for old engines.

The Lobito bay is really beautiful and right in the middle of the waters, you see a mermaid, sitting lonely on a piece of rock rising from the bay.

Lobito is also known for its whisky factory that you can visit if you do not mind a little stop on the road that gets you into the town.

The Colonial Church of Lobito is one place to visit, but you will need to ask around since it is not easy to reach.

An important landmark of the city is the Zaire, an old boat with a Portuguese plaque installed next to it. Ask for someone to translate it for you. This boat is considered to be of great importance to the history of the country.

If you venture outside Lobito, you will discover a very interesting place, which looks like a city made of mud and iron. The main area of the city is quite safe, and you will easily notice people walking around, looking like they have nothing to worry about. The atmosphere, as a whole, seems pretty laid back, and activities, like beach volleyball, are often embraced by locals and visitors alike.



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