Several kilometers from the city of Moçamedes, capital of the province of Namibe, is located the beautiful and calm Baía das Pipas, a paradisiacal place that attracts visitors from the most different parts of the country and abroad. They will regain their energies on the wonderful and wavy beaches of the region.
Moçamedes has several natural charms, which aroused our curiosity to get to know one of the main points of the tourist itinerary of that city. Curiosity took us to one of the paradisiacal beaches located 26 km from the provincial capital. We leave the capital by land, through Estrada Nacional 280, which connects the capital of the province of Namibe and the capital of the province of Huíla (Lubango).
The first stop was at the bridge over the Giraul river from above, which is 12 kilometers from the headquarters of the municipality Moçamedes. It is a work worthy of highlight, a completely prefabricated structure, with a total of 605.70 meters in length, 8 in height, two lanes and connecting the provinces of Namibe and Huíla.
Afraid and charming journey
And the journey continues.
After stopping for a few minutes to take pictures, we set off towards Baía das Pipas, to explore its beautiful beaches and get to know the daily lives of its people.
After several minutes of asphalt without bumps, we were surprised by the access road to Cambongue.
We enter the trail that leaves on the left and connects Baía das Pipas, Mucuio and Pescaria Baba.
Steep road composed of stones, where the road and the years of driving put any driver to the test. Hence, it is advisable to use 4x4 vehicles on this route.
To reward the bumps on the road, we are amazed by a natural view to delight any visitor, the cliffs. According to information collected on the spot and by academics, the region consists of dead cliffs that provide clues to the presence of ocean activity and show how far the sea has advanced.
The images of the place make the trip less painful and more enchanting and it causes tourists to take a slow walk with frequent stops for photo moments. The journey continues and after approximately 60 minutes of the trail, there is a descent to the lower part of the coast.
When we least expect it, we can see the peaceful village of Baía das Pipas, with its beaches. Perfect place to get lost in the desert and the ocean that bathes the coast of Namibe. Small, the village was inhabited, according to statistical data from the year 2015, by only five hundred inhabitants, mostly fishermen.
Stunning tourism lacking momentum
The calm and humility of the people make the place one of the main destinations in recent years for visitors from the regions of Huíla, Benguela, Cunene and Luanda and the neighboring Republics of Namibia and South Africa. Sometimes, even from Portugal and from Spain.
Clear blue sea, land with many stories and impressive natural beauty. The remains of the colonial occupation and the first inhabitants are still visible. More than five hundred inhabitants live in Baia das Pipas, most of them fishermen, and have schools, health centers, piped water and electricity.
In that area, there are more than twenty beach houses and a guesthouse with more than ten rooms, restaurants, snacks bar, swimming pool and other amenities. Some tourists enchanted with the natural reality, affirmed to our report that this place is so calm that any Angolan or foreigner would like to stay longer, sometimes, on weekends.
João Carlos, a tourist, said that it is a place where you can find all the necessary conditions for any visitor, as long as you are financially prepared. Silence is one of the dominant notes of Baía das Pipas, where only the sound of the sea waves exceeds the human ear.
However, Baía das Pipas embodies several historical aspects that aroused the interest of national and international academics. In 2012, the region was the target of an archaeological survey called “Paleo - Angola”, whose purpose was the excavation and discovery of fossils of dinosaurs and other reptiles that inhabited the region for many millennia.
But, not everything is wonderful for the inhabitants of Baía das Pipas. Located 26 km from the provincial capital, tourism lacks momentum, as some infrastructures created with private investment need support for its full operation, alongside those of other regions of the country.
Today, the number of inhabitants tends to increase and there is a constant mobility of its inhabitants between the city of Moçamedes and the village of Baía da Pipas, in search of better social conditions.