Sport

Exercise and sport – a release for many of us – and sometimes in Luanda we need that! There are lots of options – some need more ‘digging around’ and planning than others, but hopefully there is something to please most people (for more information on kids sport – please go to the section Luanda for kids)

Exercise classes
Fishing
Golf
Gyms
Horse Riding
Kite Surfing
Rugby
Running
Scuba Diving
Squash
Swimming
Tennis


Exercise Classes

There are opportunities for exercise classes outside of a formal gym.  Try these contacts:

  • Amanda (amanda@amandagamel.com) – Condominio Paraiso, Talatona.  Amanda runs Total Body Fitness classes.  Contact her by email or on 914399275
  • Claire Joubert (claire.joubert@wanadoo.fr) – Condominio Sol, Talatona.  Yoga, Wednesday am.  Contact by email of by SMS to 949390734
  • Betsy (betsylundgren@hotmail.com) – Condominio Monte Belo, Talatona.  Betsy teaches Hatha Yoga.  Contact her by email or on 946503401
  • Carla (silvamove@yahoo.com) – Condominio Sao Paulo de Luanda and Condominio Atlantico Sul, Talatona.  Carla hosts various fitness classes ranging from boot camp to aqua exercise.  Contact her by email or on 926152653
  • Io Academia, Rua da Missao, Ingomboto, Luanda. They offer spin, and fitness classes, pilates, dance etc and you can either become a member and pay monthly or pay by the class.

Fishing

You might be lucky enough to be in Luanda with a company that has boats available for employee use.  But if not – you can still get out into the bay to see the whales and dolphins, or to catch your fish supper.

  • Contact Octopus – http://www.octopus-lda.com

Golf

Golf is definitely available in Luanda.  There are two course (of hugely differing standards).  A few members are golfers so – as ever – get in touch if you want a game, a group of us play nine holes at Mangais, on a reasonably regular basis.

  • Mangais Golf Club – http://www.mangais.com/index.php/en/ – a beautiful 18 hole course on the banks of the river Kwanza.
  • Golf de Luanda – a rough and ready 18 hole course on the road away from Benfica (200 yards further on from the market).

Gyms

Lots of condominiums have their own gym – but if not try looking into the membership options at:

  • Hotel Tropico – http://www.tdhotels.com/tropico/ing/leisure – Luanda City
  • Luanda Sport – http://www.luandasportcenter.co.ao – Next to Vanan bakery, Talatona
  • Aktive Fit – located inside the apart hotel Colinas Do Sol, Talatona
  • Fit Center – a new gym located in Talatona – click here for FB details and contact information.

Horse Riding

Horse riding is available in Luanda – see the website http://www.hipicadafunda.com for details.

Kite Surfing

Kite surfing is popular in Luanda – with surfers regularly visible in between the slave museum and Mussulo and also at the Ilha.  Lessons can be obtained from Gusty Kite – http://www.gustykite.com

Rugby

As ever in Luanda – there are impromptu opportunities to play rugby with some informal players getting together every now and then.  There is also an expat club – Palancas Rugby Club – who play and train regularly.  Get in touch with them for more information on training times by email – palancas.rugby@gmail.com

Running

Running the streets of Luanda can be interesting!  There are informal running groups to be found – and in the city you’ll see people running along the Marginal.  For a more formal start – or to run with a bigger group, try the Hash group below:

  • Luanda Hash House Harriers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/LuandaH3/

Scuba Diving

A new-ish addition to Luanda life – check out Octopus – http://www.octopus-lda.com for scuba diving, amongst other things

Squash

A couple of condominiums do have squash courts – but it is rare.  There is a squash court available for use however, at the Hotel Tropico – http://www.tdhotels.com/tropico/ing/leisure – Luanda City

Swimming

Luanda is a fabulous place to swim – with an almost all year ‘swimming outside’ climate (definitely all year if you are hardy enough!).  Most condominiums have a swimming pool but there are also other opportunities:

  • Clube Nautico – http://www.clubenautico.org – on the Ilha
  • Piscine Olympique Alvalade – Rua Dr Leite Vasconcelo –
  • Hotel Tropico – http://www.tdhotels.com/tropico/ing/leisure – Luanda City

Tennis

As with the gyms, many condominiums have tennis courts.  There are both informal tennis groups and tennis coaches about – so ask if you would like to be put in touch with people who play or have experience of certain coaches – that way we can make sure we pass on the most updated information.  There are also other places to play:

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