Famous for its altitude, for its beauty architecture and also by the road that winds it, containing in its 56 curves, constitutes an immense habitat for animal species and flora rich in varieties, with a viewpoint ready to be invested for any Tourism branch.
Where Huíla falls in Namibe, the curves of Serra da Leba. The road winds along the slopes of the Central Plateau on its sudden descent to the line of the maritime desert.
The absolute beauty of this place marks the Serra da Leba as one of the great postcards of the whole country.
The Serra da Leba is one of those unique cases, known in every corner of the country and one of the maximum symbols of national tourism. the road we all know, which has been like a serpentine from above, began to be built in the colonial era, in the late 1960s. But this route began to be thought of almost four decades earlier, at the time of the consolidation of Portuguese power in the south Angola.
The idea of building a road that would facilitate the transport of food, troops and essential goods between the center and the south of the country came from General Pereira de Eça.
The same that gave the name to Ondjiva administered by the Portuguese. The projects then began to be made, but it was only much later that the current road was completed. Today it still serves as a winding bridge between Huíla and Namibe, and it is covered daily by dozens and dozens of trucks and buses. The result is 20 km, 30 curves and a difference of 1,000 meters.
To get a real idea of the slope, if we draw a straight line between the start point and the end point of the Serra da Leba road, we reach a few hundred meters!
A masterpiece of architecture, therefore, framed in a spectacular natural setting. The best place to enjoy the snake that descends the hill is the Leba viewpoint, from where you can see this perfect and joint action between man and nature.
Discover the place and its secrets. Like the underground river that advances inside the rock mass and ends in a hidden waterfall in Leba, in the rainy season. And where is the Serra da Leba?
The question seems pointless, but it is a common doubt.
Everyone wants it - Huíla and Namibe - but only the municipality of Humpata can fill their hearts with pride. Serra da Leba is Humpatense and, as such, one of the ex-libris of Huíla, just 50 km from Lubango, on the way to the port of Namibe.
Intermediate point between the Plateau and the Desert. The Leba space is in permanent reconfiguration.
Last year, Dipanda's celebrations turned the mountain into a huge canvas. The project “Murais da Leba - 40 anos” was one of the most striking in the celebration of Angola's independence. The result is spectacular.
In total, there are 800 square meters of murals painted by 40 artists such as Thó Simões, Isaac André, Fábio da Lomba or Aldaír and Leandro Costa. Sound colors bring mucubal or mumuila women to life, heroes and national symbols such as the inevitable Queen Njinga or the country's flag, with her machete, star and cogwheel on a black and red background. This project, idea by Vladimir Prata, adds a innovative cultural side to nature tourism that made Serra da Leba a must for any Angolan.
Currently, an inn is being built in the Serra da Leba area, not only for the accommodation of tourists, but also for the promotion of murals. And that's not all. Just a few dozen kilometers away, Serra da Leba meets Tundavala, another of the natural wonders of the Angolan land. And since you are here, get to know the municipality of Humpata better, with its aroma of fruits, Fim do Bimbe or Barragem das Neves. Icon of the country, Serra da Leba is the point of union. Between the highlands and the sea. Between the plateau and the desert. Among people.
Converging point of an entire country proud of itself.