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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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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
188,202
7,753
11,701
Albania
318,638
3,566
9,670
Algeria
268,478
6,878
81,342
Andorra
45,793
154
238
Angola
102,636
1,917
3,570
Anguilla
3,620
10
15
Antigua and Barbuda
8,809
144
36
Argentina
9,602,534
129,440
130,745
Armenia
428,648
8,637
7,350
Aruba
42,406
226
316
Australia
9,711,971
12,570
257,090
Austria
4,803,681
19,231
78,297
Azerbaijan
802,060
9,761
3,152
Bahamas
36,853
822
512
Bahrain
663,763
1,512
3,605
Bangladesh
2,008,068
29,309
29,219
Barbados
95,876
505
3,503
Belarus
994,037
7,118
1,327
Belgium
4,444,819
32,329
131,021
Belize
67,522
680
383
Benin
27,316
163
1,647
Bermuda
17,356
148
196
Bhutan
60,663
21
90
Bolivia
1,070,521
22,110
66,474
Bosnia
389,729
15,933
373,796
Botswana
325,724
2,772
194
Brazil
34,066,000
680,598
531,061
British Virgin Islands
7,131
63
7,068
Brunei
211,157
225
5,159
Bulgaria
1,221,519
37,460
24,989
Burkina Faso
21,128
387
302
Burundi
47,247
38
47,209
Cabo Verde
62,221
410
96
Cambodia
137,117
3,056
284
Cameroon
120,215
1,931
493
Canada
4,084,728
42,901
98,520
Caribbean Netherlands
10,888
35
377
Cayman Islands
29,419
29
20,837
Central African Republic
14,781
113
7,809
Chad
7,442
193
2,375
Channel Islands
88,696
197
673
Chile
4,320,173
59,840
39,616
China
232,109
5,226
2,896
Colombia
6,278,998
141,075
40,977
Comoros
8,351
160
258
Congo
24,775
386
4,211
Cook Islands
6,135
1
23
Costa Rica
1,018,533
8,754
149,068
Croatia
1,196,221
16,446
7,710
Cuba
1,108,982
8,529
505
Curaçao
45,127
282
125
Cyprus
568,383
1,143
16,687
Czechia
4,005,046
40,601
18,671
Côte d'Ivoire
85,794
811
87
DRC
92,456
1,391
40,135
Denmark
3,073,775
6,774
16,017
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
15,690
189
74
Dominica
14,852
68
230
Dominican Republic
632,655
4,384
1,669
Ecuador
975,234
35,811
20,390
Egypt
515,645
24,613
48,850
El Salvador
190,818
4,216
14,292
Equatorial Guinea
16,789
183
81
Eritrea
10,126
103
91
Estonia
593,297
2,634
65,673
Ethiopia
492,590
7,569
14,172
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
1,835
0
1,835
Faroe Islands
34,658
28
34,630
Fiji
67,869
874
1,211
Finland
1,218,216
5,251
41,925
France
34,117,888
152,822
859,407
French Guiana
92,989
407
81,328
French Polynesia
75,958
649
75,309
Gabon
48,592
306
483
Gambia
12,197
368
238
Georgia
1,698,020
16,869
43,858
Germany
31,379,757
145,241
1,364,816
Ghana
168,350
1,458
141
Gibraltar
19,999
106
3,314
Greece
4,577,675
31,722
156,714
Greenland
11,971
21
9,189
Grenada
18,845
234
47
Guadeloupe
186,380
971
183,159
Guatemala
1,060,714
19,140
34,862
Guinea
37,429
445
565
Guinea-Bissau
8,452
174
127
Guyana
70,222
1,272
472
Haiti
32,577
838
1,622
Holy See (Vatican City State)
29
0
0
Honduras
445,271
10,945
301,828
Hong Kong
1,397,920
9,554
141,637
Hungary
2,005,399
46,966
49,526
Iceland
202,831
179
202,652
India
44,190,697
526,826
128,261
Indonesia
6,261,605
157,149
52,043
Iran
7,451,779
142,654
178,390
Iraq
2,451,178
25,326
16,200
Ireland
1,647,605
7,662
22,642
Isle of Man
37,794
114
10,886
Israel
4,606,743
11,470
28,146
Italy
21,368,480
173,426
1,018,327
Jamaica
147,344
3,207
49,514
Japan
14,618,271
34,075
2,038,809
Jordan
1,720,778
14,090
4,701
Kazakhstan
1,370,983
13,672
25,507
Kenya
337,884
5,672
283
Kiribati
3,430
13
714
Kuwait
655,854
2,562
1,042
Kyrgyzstan
201,329
2,991
1,932
Lao People's Democratic Republic
212,027
757
211,270
Latvia
877,702
5,908
18,953
Lebanon
1,189,500
10,553
91,360
Lesotho
34,206
704
9,347
Liberia
7,548
294
1,507
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
505,805
6,433
8,399
Liechtenstein
18,872
86
130
Lithuania
1,094,136
9,227
46,609
Luxembourg
284,931
1,114
7,967
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
791
6
5
Macedonia
332,667
9,398
4,379
Madagascar
66,557
1,409
239
Malawi
87,637
2,671
943
Malaysia
4,714,498
36,044
42,717
Maldives
184,591
307
20,597
Mali
31,237
739
84
Malta
113,378
797
1,092
Marshall Islands
125
1
66
Martinique
216,335
1,022
215,209
Mauritania
62,675
992
219
Mauritius
39,751
1,015
920
Mayotte
39,663
187
39,476
Mexico
6,875,708
328,437
475,341
Micronesia
7,125
18
7,008
Moldova
532,187
11,608
16,437
Monaco
14,182
57
140
Mongolia
962,494
2,179
960,315
Montenegro
266,422
2,756
5,448
Montserrat
1,077
8
26
Morocco
1,262,887
16,260
1,814
Mozambique
229,777
2,216
249
Myanmar
614,240
19,434
1,770
N. Korea
4,772,813
74
0
Namibia
169,253
4,065
375
Nauru
4,605
1
4
Nepal
991,681
11,977
5,885
Netherlands
8,356,803
22,532
114,418
New Caledonia
72,226
314
2,010
New Zealand
1,671,922
2,426
35,169
Nicaragua
18,491
225
14,041
Niger
9,125
311
186
Nigeria
261,885
3,147
3,257
Niue
60
0
13
Norway
1,457,385
3,834
2,751
Oman
396,722
4,260
7,793
Pakistan
1,560,702
30,508
11,136
Palau
5,308
6
76
Palestine
615,497
5,387
18,646
Panama
960,300
8,434
7,906
Papua New Guinea
44,800
663
155
Paraguay
710,890
19,289
7,303
Peru
3,970,336
214,694
96,634
Philippines
3,813,952
60,889
36,035
Poland
6,105,306
116,717
652,717
Portugal
5,367,395
24,707
105,237
Qatar
416,636
681
5,965
Romania
3,137,858
66,262
113,769
Russia
18,770,657
382,902
312,035
Rwanda
132,298
1,466
85,310
Réunion
434,924
838
15,514
S. Korea
20,845,973
25,382
1,699,743
Saint Helena
2
0
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
6,477
46
23
Saint Lucia
28,233
387
390
Saint Martin
11,667
63
10,205
Saint Pierre Miquelon
3,112
1
662
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
7,102
115
346
Samoa
15,405
29
13,771
San Marino
20,074
118
163
Sao Tome and Principe
6,120
76
4
Saudi Arabia
811,512
9,264
4,076
Senegal
87,696
1,968
202
Serbia
2,178,198
16,380
101,609
Seychelles
45,692
168
177
Sierra Leone
7,740
125
7,615
Singapore
1,771,088
1,542
87,914
Sint Maarten
10,791
87
26
Slovakia
1,825,164
20,274
10,652
Slovenia
1,098,327
6,738
20,819
Solomon Islands
21,544
153
5,034
Somalia
27,020
1,350
12,488
South Africa
4,006,916
101,982
7,327
South Sudan
17,780
138
2,012
Spain
13,280,557
111,339
306,942
Sri Lanka
667,158
16,594
1,552
St. Barth
5,138
6
5,132
Sudan
63,128
4,960
58,168
Suriname
80,988
1,380
30,006
Swaziland
73,311
1,419
32
Sweden
2,545,671
19,402
20,220
Switzerland
3,975,537
14,096
142,707
Syrian Arab Republic
56,604
3,155
553
Taiwan
4,801,676
9,298
439,455
Tajikistan
17,786
125
397
Tanzania
37,865
841
37,024
Thailand
4,611,741
31,698
21,096
Timor-Leste
23,036
134
47
Togo
38,211
281
166
Tonga
12,836
12
284
Trinidad and Tobago
173,535
4,070
6,638
Tunisia
1,134,660
29,105
1,105,555
Turkey
16,295,817
99,678
321,018
Turks and Caicos Islands
6,328
36
29
Tuvalu
8
0
8
UAE
1,001,445
2,338
18,929
UK
23,368,899
185,052
249,903
USA
94,128,907
1,059,641
3,799,113
Uganda
169,396
3,628
65,337
Ukraine
5,026,496
108,727
5,281
Uruguay
973,420
7,423
1,599
Uzbekistan
243,423
1,637
913
Vanuatu
11,723
14
37
Venezuela
538,877
5,768
4,441
Vietnam
11,353,573
43,095
1,313,342
Wallis and Futuna
761
7
316
Western Sahara
10
1
0
Yemen
11,903
2,152
634
Zambia
331,568
4,016
1,134
Zimbabwe
256,490
5,586
320
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