In 1485, Diogo Cão landed in the region tht was named “Angra das Aldeias” and later Moçamedes, which was the first settlement in the southern region of Angola. Between 1665 and 1676, the region was often called by ships that sailed southward, during the European maritime expansion. At the time, the Bay was called “Angra do Negro”, before it was renamed Moçamedes.
In 1840, during rhe foundation of the penitentirary, the first fishermen started to arrive from Algarve and the first trading stations in the region.
Namibe is the province where the desert meets with the sea, creating a landscape of rare beauty.
The province of Namibe has an area of 57,091 square kilometres. Namibe has a north-south maritime border line of about 480 kilometres.
Distance in relation to other cities
Namibe is comprised of five municipalities that include:
|Namibe||Namibe (Headquarters) |
Forte Santa Rita
|Bibala||Bibala (Headsquarters) |
|Tombua||Tombua (Headquarters) |
Baia dos Tigres
|Virei||Virei (Headquaerters) |
|Camucuio||Camucuio (Headquartes) |
The province has a (desert) dry tropical climate, with an annual average temperature of 21ºC, influenced by the Benguela cold current.
The population of Namibe is mostly of the Herero ethnic group. The most commonly spoken language is Kuvale.
The province of Namibe has a population of about 85.000 inhabitants.
In its subsoil, Namibe has mineral reserves of marble and granite.