Timothy Tye
Angola Travel Tips

Cabo Ledo Beach, AngolaCabo Ledo Beach, Angola
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Angola is a country on the west coast of Central Africa. Covering 1,246,700 sq km, Angola is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and Namibia to the south. The Angolan province of Cabinda is an exclave located north of Angola proper, and is bordered by the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Angola has a coastline facing the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The population of Angola is about 18.5 million people (2011 estimate). Its capital and biggest city is Luanda.

Angola is an hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1). The official currency here is the Kwanda (AOA). Traffic is driven on the right in Angola. The phone IDD code is +244. Portuguese is the official language of Angola. The majority of its people follow indigenous beliefs while 38% are Roman Catholics while 15% are Protestants.

In 2010, Angola had an estimated nominal GDP of $85.312 billion, equivalent to a per capita nominal GDP of $4,477. Its per capita GDP at purchasing power parity stood at $5,632.

Luanda, AngolaLuanda, Angola
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Miradouro da Lua (Valley of the Moon), south of Luanda, AngolaMiradouro da Lua (Valley of the Moon), south of Luanda, Angola
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Angola was formerly a Portuguese colony. The city of Luanda was founded by the Portuguese explorer Paudo Dias de Novais in 1575. Angola was a Portuguese overseas territory from the 16th century until it attained independence on 11 November, 1975.

Angola was plunged into a civil war immediately after independence. The long-lasting civil war only came to an end on 22 February, 2002 after Jonas Savimbi, the leader of the UNITA political movement, was killed by government troops, paving the way for a ceasefire.

Today the political climate of Angola remains somewhat volatile. The president has so far refused to institute democratic processes, and the majority of Angolans live under trying circumstances.

Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Populo in Benguela, AngolaIgreja da Nossa Senhora do Populo in Benguela, Angola
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Planning your visit to Angola

Visitors from most countries need a visa before arriving. Your passport need to have at least six month validity at time of arrival and at least two blank pages.

The main gateway to Angola is the Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD) in Luanda. It has flight connections with Johannesburg, Paris, Frankfurt, among others.

Major Cities in Angola

  1. Luanda - capital
  2. Benguela
  3. Huambo
  4. Lobito
  5. Lubango
  6. Namibe
  7. Kuito
  8. Menongue

Places of Interest in Angola

  1. Cangandala National Park
  2. Iona National Park
  3. Kissama National Park

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