National Geographic : 1955 Dec
© National Geographic Society + Primitive Canoe and Modern Hotel Contrast Dramatically in Dakar West African base for the French fleet in World War II, Dakar has become a crossroads of the air age. Passenger routes fan out to Europe, South Africa, and South America. Air France built the Grand Hotel de N'Gor for intercontinental travelers. 776 Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer Volkmar Wentzel + Oars Double as Tent Poles on Luanda's Sun-washed Beach Angola ships tons of coffee, the province's chief export, from Luanda harbor (background). The beach is part of a large, sheltering sandspit that encloses the anchorage. This family on a Sunday outing eludes the hot African sun beneath a fluttering blanket.