Angola Tribal Photography: Behind the Scenes with Wild Images
26th June 2019
Recently Wild Images manager Inger Vandyke returned from a fascinating journey through southern Angola where she visited and photographed some of southern Africa’s most beautiful tribal people.
Unlike the more curated experiences you might have with similar tribes over the border in Namibia, Angola is a lot wilder, inaccessible and quite expensive. For lovers of tribal Africa, however, the cost and effort is truly worth it.
We are preparing to release the details of our 2021 Angola tour in the coming month but we wanted to share some glimpses from Inger’s trip to whet your appetite before we publish this trip on our site.
Angola is a very different type of photography destination in comparison to other tribal photography areas of Africa. The style of photography is very spontaneous and natural. A lot of it takes place in African markets, villages and beautiful landscapes.
It is very different, say, from the Omo Valley of Ethiopia, where people will dress up for you for photos and paint their bodies etc. In Angola the people you will meet dress like this all the time and while some of them are settled in small towns and villages, a lot of these tribes are semi-nomadic people who will move across their incredible landscape searching for food and water.
Our coming tour will focus principally on the tribal people of Angola and will be the most comprehensive tour offered in the country, visiting no less than seven different groups, two of whom are classified as anthropologically extinct.
Given the stunning beauty of Angola’s landscapes, a tour extension will be offered to the eroded cliffs of Curoca, the otherworldly archway of Arco, the remote fishing villages north of Tombwa and the deserted island of Baia dos Tigres, one of the most wild and fragile landscapes in southern Africa.
For lovers of drone photography, Angola is a superb destination with its beautiful eroded landscapes, salt pans, wild coasts, rock deserts and fishing villages.
As with all of our photography trips that visit remote tribes, we will take gifts of food and other supplies to the families we will meet and stay with along the way.
If you would like to join us on a truly remote and little visited photography destination, the details should be on our website in July.
Markondjo on the move in Angola. His bedding is slung over a pole so it can be more easily carried (Image by Inger Vandyke)
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