Cabo LedoEdit Spot
A really great wave, rarely surfed due to the hassel of the drive (multiple army check points etc) and the relative danger - a main commando training camp is nearby - people have been killed on this beach - so be careful, go in a convoy and don't stay overnight! New comment: May 2009, I have been living in Angola for 3 yrs and have heard of no crime incidents at Cabo Ledo, I have camped many times there overnight with no issues at all, I think it is safe and a great destination if you find yourself in Angola.
On small to mid-size swell this is a perfect wave to have fun on, being very long and slow. Bring a longboard. On bigger days the outside has a lot of power.
Park at the base of the hillside, avoiding any muddy areas as this backbeach mud has trapped more than one 4x4.
The surfing depends on the tide and the swell, in big swell the waves hold big faces way out beyond the last rock - but getting out is a problem due to what can be very strong currents running down the point (especially on a flowing tide). In smaller swell, the waves work best on a low tide, forming steeper sections in the middle to inside areas.
Drive a total of 125 km south of Luanda, crossing the bridge at the Barra de Kwanza (a military checkpoint and entrance to the national park of Quicama).
At km 125 the road climbs a first rise and offers a superb view of the beach at Cabo Ledo down the valley. Continue to the top of the rise and turn right onto a small track which follows the ridge towards a quarry and the old lighthouse. Descend right past the quarry and follow the track down (4x4) to the beach.
|Walk||Instant access (<5 min)|
|Bottom||Sandy with rock|
|Frequency||Very consistent (150+ days/year)|
|Normal length||Long (150 to 300m)|
|Good day length||Exceptional (>500m)|
|Wind direction||North, East, NorthEast|
|Swell direction||West, SouthWest, South|
|Swell size||3ft-5ft - 10ft+|
|Tide movement||Rising and falling tides|