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Lobito is a city of 436,000 people (2018) on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Benguela Province, Angola.


Town Hall (Camara Municipal) on the Restinga Peninsula

Lobito is a large city that is known for its long and unique natural harbour and active port. It has the important railway terminals and connections to the continental road network.


Lobito experiences a mild tropical arid climate with few temperature extremes. The winters are extremely dry and warm, while summers are relatively wet and hotter.

Get in[edit]

The city is 13 km (8.1 mi) from Catumbela Airport and 33 km (21 mi) from Benguela Airport.

The most important trunk road is the EN-100, which connects it to Luanda and Benguela. Another vital route is the Trans-African Highway 9 (or EN-250), which connects it to Balombo in the east.

  • 1 Lobito railway station.

Get around[edit]

Map of Lobito


The restored Lobito Lighthouse. The original lighthouse was destroyed during the brutal Angolan Civil War.
  • 1 Farol do Lobito. A historic lighthouse that serves as a guide for boats intending to enter the bay of Lobito. Lobito Lighthouse (Q10280192) on Wikidata
  • 2 Fort of São Sebastião (Fort Egypt). A construction that served as a shelter on the Angolan coast, to control the slave trade. (Q10283665) on Wikidata
  • Other important architectural constructions are the Cine-Flamingo , the Post Office Building, and the Lobito Ethnography Museum. There is also as a historical monument the Zaire Boat.


  • One of the main cultural-religious traditions in the city are the Solemnities of Saints Pedro and Paulo, promoted by the Parish of São Paulo da Bela-Vista and by the Diocese of Benguela.
  • The main sports team in Lobito is the Académica Petróleos Clube do Lobito which competes in Girabola.




In Lobito, like the rest of Angola prices of pretty much everything, except alcohol, are high. Here are some places on the Restinga, the city's famous natural harbour:

  • Alfa Bar - Decent pizzas. Street tables that seem to be almost always full. Some more chairs closer to the beach.
  • Zulu - At the very end of the Restinga.
  • Luna - A bar and lounge that opened in 2014. Very high standards for a bar in the province, nice atmosphere and good food but limited menu.
  • Jango Hotel Restinga - A very nice outside wooden deck and beach chairs.


  • Hotel Restinga
  • 1 Hotel Terminus, R. Robert Williams 16, +244 935 684 387.


Igreja da Arrábida

Go next[edit]

Benguela is 33 km away and is a historic city with some pretty colonial buildings.

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