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This study presents an overview of the relationship between OluHumbe, OluCilenge, OluKwandu, OluNgendelengo and OluKuvale, five Angolan speech varieties belonging to Zone R of Guthrie’s (1970) classification scheme for Bantu languages. A discussion of lexical comparison, sound correspondences and noun classes contributes to an understanding of how these varieties fit into the Kavango-Southwest Bantu language group established by Anita Pfouts (2003). In addition to advancing knowledge about the diversity of Southwest Bantu languages in Angola, the study takes preliminary steps toward defining diagnostic items that distinguish between the Nyaneka and Herero varieties in this part of the country.