This is no joke! In the next days, Herbie, the camper and we will go aboard an airplane by the Angolan Military (“Força Aérea Nacional”, FAN). The aircraft will be an “Ilyushin IL-76” or similar. Hopefully everything will work out and we’ll all have a safe flight!
Actually we came to Cabinda, the exclave of Angola, in order to bypass the Congo River and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) by taking a ship to Luanda. And as we just have single entry visas for Angola, the exclave was a kind of dead end for us. So, the only possibility for us to travel on, was to find a way to get to the mainland of Angola. But due to a huge hassle caused by the local shipping agency (Zamba, Lda.) and various ocean carriers, that played along for almost two weeks, we eventually decided to ask the Angolan Military Air Force for help.
Liebe Zainab und lieber Domi!
Passt auf Euch gut auf und die besten Wünsche für Eure weitere Reise.
Alles liebe Gabriel
Vielen Dank für deine Nachricht – schön von dir zu hören!
Wir freuen uns auf ein Wiedersehen mit dir!
Zainab & Domi
wow – unbelievable! I hope you have more time to write about the experience – the problems with shipping companies and how you got the military to cooperate! best of luck! And, take lots of photos on the plane!
Thanks for your comment! We asked the military for help. They probably liked our story and unusual car and camper, because it took only 2 days until we were able to go on the next aircraft :).
The photos of our flight are online :)!
Simple question, how on earth did you come to ask the Angolan Air Force for a lift? Not sure it would even have crossed most people’s mind. Good luck.
We read about it on the internet and heard about it from people in Cabinda :)…It’s a good alternative to shipping to Luanda or from Brazzaville to Kinshasa.
HI KIDS YOUR ADVENTURES TEND TO BE VERY TESTY AS WE WORRY @ EVERY TURN, BUT OF COURSE WE KNOW THE 2 OF YOU CAN OVER COME EVERY OBSTACLE THAT LAY IN FRONT OF YOU AND OFF YOU GO TO THE NEXT ADVENTURE AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO READING OF YOUR MANY ADVENTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE….
LOVE AND MISS YOU TOO
DON AND SHEILA
Dear Sheila and Don!
IT’s always a pleasure to hear from you! Thank you for your beautiful words! Our adventures are challenging at times, but so worth it!