A footbridge crosses an irrigation canal adjacent to the Catumbela River in western Angola.

By David Stanley Catumbela River is a river in western Huambo and Benguela province. It flows into the Atlantic Ocean soon to the south of Lobito, Katumbelos on campus. The main tributaries are: Kuiv (on the right), Kubala (on the left).

The Porto do Lobito is Angola's second largest.

The Porto do Lobito is Angola's second largest.

The Restinga Peninsula, a five-kilometer sandspit at Lobito, Angola, shelters Lobito Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.

The Restinga Peninsula, a five-kilometer sandspit at Lobito, Angola, shelters Lobito Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.

A man propels a small boat up the Catumbela River in western Angola.

A man propels a small boat up the Catumbela River in western Angola.

The fashionable Igreja da Arrábida on the Restinga Peninsula at Lobito, Angola, dates from Portuguese times.

The fashionable Igreja da Arrábida on the Restinga Peninsula at Lobito, Angola, dates from Portuguese times.

The Camara Municipal at Lobito, Angola, is on the Restinga Peninsula between the port and the upscale Terminus Hotel.

The Camara Municipal at Lobito, Angola, is on the Restinga Peninsula between the port and the upscale Terminus Hotel.

Life is hard for residents of this squatter camp next to the railway line between Lobito and Benguela, Angola.

Life is hard for residents of this squatter camp next to the railway line between Lobito and Benguela, Angola.

Squatter settlements are seen along the railway line between Lobito and Benguela, Angola.

Squatter settlements are seen along the railway line between Lobito and Benguela, Angola.

The Catumbela River passes scenic hills before entering the coastal plain in western Angola.

The Catumbela River passes scenic hills before entering the coastal plain in western Angola.

Picturesque hills overlook the Catumbela River northeast of Benguela, Angola.

Picturesque hills overlook the Catumbela River northeast of Benguela, Angola.

In 1905 a steel bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel was built over the Catumbela River between Lobito and Benguela, Angola. In 2009 a modern bridge opened alongside but the old bridge remains in service.

In 1905 a steel bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel was built over the Catumbela River between Lobito and Benguela, Angola. In 2009 a modern bridge opened alongside but the old bridge remains in service.

This dam is one of two on the Catumbela River producing electricity for western Angola.

This dam is one of two on the Catumbela River producing electricity for western Angola.

The Reducto de Sao Pedro (1846) overlooks the Catumbela River crossing between Lobito and Benguela, Angola. The plaque over the entrance declares that the fort was a result of "os continuos insultos feitos aos brancos pelos indigenas deste districto".

The Reducto de Sao Pedro overlooks the Catumbela River crossing between Lobito and Benguela, Angola. The plaque over the entrance declares that the fort was a result of "os continuos insultos feitos aos brancos pelos indigenas deste districto".

In 2009 a new bridge opened over the Catumbela River between Lobito and Benguela, Angola. The 438-meter bridge was built by a Portuguese company.

In 2009 a new bridge opened over the Catumbela River between Lobito and Benguela, Angola. The bridge was built by a Portuguese company.

Residents of a tenement opposite the wharf at Lobito, Angola, use their balconies to dry the wash.

Residents of a tenement opposite the wharf at Lobito, Angola, use their balconies to dry the wash.

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