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Visit Angola

Located in Central Africa, the Republic of Angola sits along the Atlantic Coast and has numerous Portuguese influences throughout its culture. Each ethnic community within the nation follows its own traits and traditions, but a combined heritage from the colonial period has gained in dominance as well.

Visiting Angola often means reserving time to explore Luanda. This island features tropical beaches that are clean and well-kept. Marine sports are available and you won’t want to miss the Benfica Market. Beautiful desert beaches can be found in Baia Azul. Namibe features eco-tourism opportunities with the Mucubais people, as well as a chane to explore the Arco Lagoon. Many of the cities offer guided tours to see the primary sites while providing glimpses and interactions with local ethnic influences.

If you have the time, be sure to make your way to Kalandula Falls. Located in Malanje, on the Lucala River, the falls are over 100m in height and they are 400m across. By volume, it is one of the largest waterfalls on the African continent. Even if the visit occurs during the dry season, when the falls are mostly inactive, the trek is worth the effort.

There can be certain challenges to a stay in Angola with its history of conflict. Designated HALO zones, for example, denote mine fields, so watch for red stones or similar markers while you travel. Having a qualified guide can be very helpful and make your stay much more enjoyable. That way you can enjoy all of the natural wonders Angola and coastal Africa can offer.

Travel and vacation in Angola

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City Guides

Luanda, Capital of Angola

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National Tourist Information Angola

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Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

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RankCityPop
1Luanda 2.776.100
2N'dalatando383.100
3Huambo226.150
4Lobito207.900
5Benguela151.200
6Kuito113.600
7Lubango102.500
8Malanje87.000
9Namibe80.100
10Soyo67.500

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish nameRemarks
January 1New Year's DayFixed
February 4Liberation DayFixed
VariableCarnivalVariable
March 8International Womens DayFixed
VariableGood FridayVariable
March 23African Liberation DayFixed
April 4Peace DayFixed
May 1Labour DayFixed
September 17National Heroes DayFixed
November 2All Souls DayFixed
November 11Independence DayFixed
December 25ChristmasFixed

Best of Angola

Angola’s climate is semiarid along the coastal regions and in the south, with temperatures averaging highs of around 27C throughout the year. Northern parts are cooler. There are two seasons: wet and dry, with most rain falling from November to around April.

Among the most spectacular sights in Angola are the Kalandula Falls near the northern town of Calandula in Malanje province. The falls span a length of 400 metres and thunder down 105 metres; they’re one of the largest waterfalls on the entire continent of Africa.

Iona National Park is the oldest and biggest in the country and is in south-westerly Namibe province. It’s an ideal place to go on safari and see all of the spectacular landscape and wildlife, including gazelle, ostrich, zebra and rare sightings of cheetah.

For some history on your Angola holidays, visit the National Museum of Slavery in Morro da Cruz, Luanda. It documents the long years of slavery in Angola, which thrived during the Portuguese colonial era, and has a large amount of related items on display.

The Museum of the Armed Forces in Luanda is certainly worth a visit. Military vehicles and aircraft from several conflicts, including Angola’s independence struggle, the South African Border War and, most recently, the country’s civil war that ended in 2002, are on show. Relics of the colonial era, such as statues of Portuguese figures that were removed following independence, are also on display. The museum and its collections are housed in the historic and imposing Fortress of Sao Miguel, constructed way back in 1576 and once the headquarters of the colonial rulers.

As Angola has prospered in recent times due to its vast reserves of natural resources, increasing numbers of glitzy nightspots have sprung up to cater to the growing expatriate and tourist crowds. There’s everything from cosy lounges to hip nightclubs where you can party the night away in style.

Best time to travel to Angola 

When is the best time to travel to Angola ? Like the rest of tropical Africa, Angola experiences distinct, alternating rainy and dry seasons.

The coastal strip is tempered by the cool Benguela Current, resulting in a climate similar to coastal Peru or Baja California. It is semiarid in the South and along the coast to Luanda. There is a short rainy season lasting from February to April. Summers are hot and dry,the country do not have winter. The northern part has a cool, dry season (May to October) and a hot, rainy season (November to April). In the interior, above 3,300 ft (1,006 m), the temperature and rainfall decrease. The interior highlands have a mild climate with a rainy season from November through April followed by a cool dry season from May to October.

The heaviest rainfall occurs in April, and is accompanied by violent storms. The far north and Cabinda enjoy rain throughout much of the year.

More about Angola.

The south-western African country of Angola is regaining popularity as a global tourism destination, and is renowned for the diversity of its wonderfully unspoiled natural landscape. The country’s coastline faces the southern Atlantic Ocean, with the capital, Luanda, situated on the north coast. Angola’s territory includes the enclave of Cabinda province further north and separated from the country by a sliver of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Angola was once a Portuguese colony, and Portuguese survives as the national language; the currency is the Kwanza, introduced at independence in 1975. Angola holidays take in everything from beach to bush, and eco-tours are fast becoming popular.

Most visitors arriving into Angola do so via Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, the country’s main point of entry. As it’s less than 2km outside the capital, Luanda is a great place to stay, and besides a wealth of sights and attractions in the city there are also some good beach areas and accommodation nearby. For your Angola holidays, you can also consider Benguela further down the coast. It’s the location of Baia Azul, a bay so named due to the beautiful blue waters lapping what’s considered to be one of the best beaches in the country. Elsewhere, the city of Kuito is in the centre of Angola and lies along the eastern edge of the stunning Bie Plateau.

The geography

Angola is bordered by Namibia in the south, Zambia in the east and the Republic of Congo, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the north.

The regions of Angola

Greater Luanda
The population centre of the country and home to the capital Luanda

Northern Angola
Northern area mostly bordering Democratic Republic of the Congo with significant areas of rainforest

Central Angola
A series of irregular, high escarpments which drop steeply to the nation’s best beaches on the Atlantic coast

Southwest Angola
the most arid region of the country with savanna plains and the northern continuation of the Namibian desert

Eastern Angola
The “empty” party of Angola, savannah plains intersected by five great rivers

Cabinda
Northern exclave on the Atlantic ocean with a huge proportion of the nation’s oil reserves, beautiful rainforests, and an active secessionist movement

The history

Angola was a Portuguese overseas territory from the 16th century to 1975. The Portuguese were nearly all exiled convicts who became slave traders and later participants in the “forced labour” trade. After independence, Angola was the scene of an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002. The country is the second-largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa, however, these riches are in the hands of the “big people”: Angola’s politicians, miners, oilmen and the associated multinational corporations. Angola’s life expectancy and infant mortality rates are both among the worst ranked in the world. In August 2006, a peace treaty was signed with a faction of the FLEC, a separatist guerrilla group from the Cabinda exclave in the North, which is still active. About 65% of Angola’s oil comes from that region.

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Angola Covid-19 / Coronavirus

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Deaths
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Afghanistan
154,539
7,199
24,818
Albania
162,953
2,580
12,789
Algeria
201,425
5,681
57,969
Andorra
15,124
130
53
Angola
52,307
1,388
4,894
Anguilla
331
0
14
Antigua and Barbuda
2,603
55
964
Argentina
5,238,610
114,367
30,892
Armenia
253,600
5,131
12,381
Aruba
15,221
158
273
Australia
85,648
1,162
21,108
Austria
724,035
10,895
23,213
Azerbaijan
472,719
6,305
32,319
Bahamas
20,030
504
1,799
Bahrain
274,179
1,388
779
Bangladesh
1,542,683
27,225
13,917
Barbados
6,358
57
935
Belarus
516,428
4,004
9,158
Belgium
1,219,814
25,497
60,445
Belize
18,532
389
1,625
Benin
21,450
146
4,010
Bermuda
4,218
38
1,238
Bhutan
2,597
3
1
Bolivia
496,950
18,654
27,247
Bosnia
225,857
10,203
23,436
Botswana
172,252
2,343
2,591
Brazil
21,230,325
590,547
359,484
British Virgin Islands
2,642
37
50
Brunei
5,047
26
1,564
Bulgaria
481,728
19,985
39,388
Burkina Faso
14,041
172
172
Burundi
14,189
38
13,378
Cabo Verde
37,052
329
910
Cambodia
104,094
2,109
4,758
Cameroon
85,414
1,368
3,613
Canada
1,571,327
27,384
45,457
Caribbean Netherlands
1,969
18
124
Cayman Islands
774
2
52
Central African Republic
11,309
100
4,350
Chad
5,026
174
15
Channel Islands
11,269
97
368
Chile
1,647,469
37,359
6,176
China
95,689
4,636
927
Colombia
4,939,251
125,860
35,595
Comoros
4,106
147
16
Congo
13,701
183
1,097
Costa Rica
505,163
5,949
92,554
Croatia
391,984
8,500
8,286
Cuba
801,367
6,796
39,673
Curaçao
16,031
156
476
Cyprus
116,494
534
25,205
Czechia
1,686,182
30,430
5,216
Côte d'Ivoire
58,889
561
1,737
DRC
56,387
1,068
24,461
Denmark
354,645
2,628
5,653
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
12,040
159
156
Dominica
2,758
8
625
Dominican Republic
355,150
4,028
4,796
Ecuador
505,860
32,559
29,421
Egypt
296,276
16,951
29,532
El Salvador
99,701
3,102
7,273
Equatorial Guinea
11,063
137
1,436
Eritrea
6,671
40
13
Estonia
149,776
1,326
8,813
Ethiopia
332,003
5,115
28,776
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
67
0
4
Faroe Islands
1,059
2
28
Fiji
49,880
566
13,385
Finland
136,257
1,051
89,206
France
6,955,333
116,030
209,022
French Guiana
38,266
235
28,036
French Polynesia
40,178
593
6,085
Gabon
27,643
175
1,319
Gambia
9,867
330
33
Georgia
595,264
8,541
26,727
Germany
4,149,601
93,577
173,324
Ghana
125,005
1,118
4,286
Gibraltar
5,477
97
77
Greece
630,784
14,466
28,361
Greenland
464
0
102
Grenada
3,841
50
2,444
Guadeloupe
52,480
668
49,562
Guatemala
529,422
13,040
37,711
Guinea
30,136
370
1,489
Guinea-Bissau
6,078
130
721
Guyana
29,345
713
3,654
Haiti
21,338
597
1,575
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
0
Honduras
357,654
9,491
239,901
Hong Kong
12,161
213
76
Hungary
817,159
30,123
7,259
Iceland
11,404
33
354
India
33,477,789
445,164
325,082
Indonesia
4,190,763
140,468
60,969
Iran
5,424,835
117,182
542,655
Iraq
1,975,220
21,822
90,458
Ireland
374,143
5,179
45,639
Isle of Man
7,141
38
313
Israel
1,226,708
7,532
79,971
Italy
4,636,111
130,310
113,536
Jamaica
79,127
1,777
26,709
Japan
1,673,144
17,156
80,069
Jordan
813,601
10,616
12,313
Kazakhstan
860,424
10,726
62,248
Kenya
246,530
4,989
4,246
Kuwait
411,180
2,439
833
Kyrgyzstan
177,722
2,588
2,945
Lao People's Democratic Republic
19,185
16
13,601
Latvia
150,560
2,640
5,987
Lebanon
617,662
8,232
29,084
Lesotho
14,395
403
7,162
Liberia
5,777
283
36
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
330,945
4,501
79,635
Liechtenstein
3,405
60
48
Lithuania
315,949
4,793
18,654
Luxembourg
77,189
834
1,146
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
63
0
0
Macedonia
186,914
6,460
13,052
Madagascar
42,898
958
618
Malawi
61,337
2,256
7,241
Malaysia
2,082,876
23,067
219,359
Maldives
83,576
229
1,676
Mali
15,060
545
300
Malta
36,972
453
982
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
39,745
555
39,086
Mauritania
35,380
765
1,027
Mauritius
14,243
50
12,339
Mayotte
20,125
176
16,985
Mexico
3,564,694
271,303
377,120
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
281,216
6,586
7,906
Monaco
3,290
33
39
Mongolia
275,146
1,108
11,880
Montenegro
126,259
1,849
8,051
Montserrat
33
1
2
Morocco
919,681
13,910
23,616
Mozambique
150,018
1,903
2,509
Myanmar
444,871
17,016
32,000
Namibia
126,811
3,469
1,261
Nepal
784,566
11,040
24,313
Netherlands
1,984,915
18,114
71,004
New Caledonia
3,531
22
3,451
New Zealand
4,060
27
394
Nicaragua
13,025
202
8,598
Niger
5,957
201
67
Nigeria
201,630
2,654
8,688
Norway
182,020
841
92,227
Oman
303,309
4,092
5,599
Pakistan
1,223,841
27,206
63,909
Palau
5
0
3
Palestine
384,390
3,919
29,418
Panama
464,038
7,170
4,059
Papua New Guinea
18,542
204
446
Paraguay
459,622
16,126
1,949
Peru
2,166,419
198,976
1,967,443
Philippines
2,366,749
36,788
178,196
Poland
2,897,935
75,488
162,964
Portugal
1,061,371
17,902
33,952
Qatar
235,487
604
1,594
Romania
1,148,710
35,514
33,788
Russia
7,274,928
198,218
578,028
Rwanda
95,117
1,206
48,482
Réunion
52,643
358
1,159
S. Korea
285,931
2,404
26,078
Saint Helena
2
0
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
1,632
9
714
Saint Lucia
10,520
150
2,397
Saint Martin
3,646
47
2,200
Saint Pierre Miquelon
31
0
0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2,728
14
382
Samoa
3
0
0
San Marino
5,388
90
58
Sao Tome and Principe
3,040
43
415
Saudi Arabia
546,549
8,661
2,357
Senegal
73,645
1,845
2,309
Serbia
865,686
7,770
102,716
Seychelles
20,943
114
584
Sierra Leone
6,392
121
1,897
Singapore
76,792
60
6,608
Sint Maarten
4,091
59
175
Slovakia
402,808
12,569
6,728
Slovenia
283,480
4,498
13,171
Solomon Islands
20
0
0
Somalia
19,004
1,063
8,750
South Africa
2,880,349
86,116
65,272
South Sudan
11,805
121
489
Spain
4,929,546
85,783
210,236
Sri Lanka
504,491
12,125
60,328
St. Barth
1,548
2
1,084
Sudan
38,000
2,875
3,209
Suriname
36,746
803
9,455
Swaziland
45,352
1,194
1,073
Sweden
1,144,982
14,734
28,401
Switzerland
823,074
11,010
75,676
Syrian Arab Republic
30,519
2,120
5,392
Taiwan
16,141
840
149
Tajikistan
17,084
124
0
Tanzania
1,367
50
1,134
Thailand
1,476,477
15,363
131,095
Timor-Leste
19,033
104
1,675
Togo
24,519
213
4,141
Trinidad and Tobago
48,400
1,413
4,085
Tunisia
699,928
24,490
6,083
Turkey
6,847,259
61,574
448,615
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,800
21
116
UAE
732,690
2,075
6,169
UK
7,429,746
135,203
1,312,859
USA
42,869,445
691,562
9,690,599
Uganda
122,212
3,128
23,195
Ukraine
2,348,381
54,875
62,654
Uruguay
387,555
6,048
1,624
Uzbekistan
168,437
1,188
5,194
Vanuatu
4
1
0
Venezuela
354,239
4,291
11,717
Vietnam
687,063
17,090
212,468
Wallis and Futuna
445
7
0
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
8,667
1,643
1,647
Zambia
208,469
3,638
670
Zimbabwe
127,739
4,563
2,913
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