Ilha dos Tigres – Angola - Atlas Obscura

Ilha dos Tigres

In 1962, the ocean severed this peninsula—and the village that sat on it—from the Angolan mainland. 


Along the isolated coastline of the Namib Desert stands Ilha dos Tigres. Once home to a prosperous fishing village, housing a school, hospital, airstrip, and chapel, the island is now nothing but skeletal ruins jutting out of the sand. It was established in the 1860s by fishermen from Portugal. The settlement lasted for almost a century, with its final inhabitants relocating in the 1970s.

Ilha dos Tigres sits upon is a strange piece of land. Over the years its shape and the tidal currents have caused it to become linked to the mainland, then back into an island periodically. It has been in its current island state since the 1960s, when a large storm came through the area, also destroying the pipe that supplied the village with drinking water. The civil war caused its eventual complete abandonment.

Currently, the ruins of the village still stand, isolated and largely ignored, as they are incredibly difficult to access.

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