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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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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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Afghanistan
159,896
7,393
6,199
Albania
248,070
3,305
24,081
Algeria
238,885
6,508
71,753
Andorra
33,025
144
5,009
Angola
96,582
1,888
7,472
Anguilla
2,187
7
183
Antigua and Barbuda
5,931
122
764
Argentina
7,862,536
119,168
880,266
Armenia
352,399
8,028
9,977
Aruba
32,405
193
583
Australia
2,239,310
3,161
1,073,530
Austria
1,625,651
14,000
219,118
Azerbaijan
634,488
8,619
13,275
Bahamas
32,137
729
7,733
Bahrain
334,164
1,399
27,697
Bangladesh
1,699,964
28,238
113,867
Barbados
39,709
276
7,691
Belarus
728,804
5,949
1,634
Belgium
2,697,239
28,780
666,361
Belize
45,753
616
9,463
Benin
26,309
163
640
Bermuda
9,766
112
1,886
Bhutan
3,811
3
1,154
Bolivia
813,609
20,630
145,212
Bosnia
334,141
14,085
127,838
Botswana
243,946
2,544
6,372
Brazil
24,127,595
623,356
1,652,317
British Virgin Islands
5,602
47
5,555
Brunei
16,148
98
368
Bulgaria
880,228
32,664
202,421
Burkina Faso
20,514
353
471
Burundi
36,868
38
36,057
Cabo Verde
55,401
391
1,095
Cambodia
121,066
3,015
819
Cameroon
114,113
1,867
6,196
Canada
2,928,966
32,685
278,558
Caribbean Netherlands
6,419
27
765
Cayman Islands
11,666
15
3,558
Central African Republic
13,611
109
6,643
Chad
6,887
185
1,828
Channel Islands
38,232
126
3,055
Chile
1,984,190
39,535
185,042
China
105,660
4,636
2,754
Colombia
5,740,179
132,240
166,918
Comoros
7,812
159
87
Congo
23,485
371
3,816
Costa Rica
643,496
7,451
65,564
Croatia
878,891
13,451
57,073
Cuba
1,025,419
8,367
17,216
Curaçao
36,092
216
4,703
Cyprus
241,888
713
116,805
Czechia
2,763,800
37,050
213,701
Côte d'Ivoire
80,176
779
2,566
DRC
84,283
1,278
32,075
Denmark
1,381,511
3,621
425,155
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
15,349
189
248
Dominica
8,517
49
735
Dominican Republic
542,056
4,289
24,868
Ecuador
664,664
34,287
630,377
Egypt
410,098
22,368
43,759
El Salvador
127,012
3,857
5,402
Equatorial Guinea
15,690
179
1,007
Eritrea
9,332
95
455
Estonia
296,466
2,008
49,519
Ethiopia
462,514
7,265
67,231
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
85
0
85
Faroe Islands
14,865
17
7,155
Fiji
61,898
779
3,263
Finland
449,346
1,815
401,531
France
16,800,913
129,022
6,211,015
French Guiana
73,691
361
62,076
French Polynesia
47,470
636
46,834
Gabon
45,909
300
4,905
Gambia
11,572
347
1,069
Georgia
1,059,392
14,732
77,075
Germany
8,795,381
117,508
1,404,773
Ghana
155,665
1,370
3,227
Gibraltar
11,937
100
1,528
Greece
1,812,384
22,748
219,811
Greenland
9,823
4
7,058
Grenada
11,344
205
2,114
Guadeloupe
94,765
762
91,753
Guatemala
669,830
16,268
33,958
Guinea
35,908
416
3,719
Guinea-Bissau
7,211
154
651
Guyana
57,227
1,134
13,774
Haiti
28,471
783
3,397
Holy See (Vatican City State)
29
0
2
Honduras
388,436
10,482
250,925
Hong Kong
13,286
213
501
Hungary
1,441,385
40,944
191,312
Iceland
58,409
44
11,109
India
39,543,328
489,896
2,249,287
Indonesia
4,289,305
144,227
20,867
Iran
6,258,181
132,251
43,171
Iraq
2,159,993
24,300
54,515
Ireland
1,149,660
6,087
444,338
Isle of Man
14,126
70
301
Israel
2,212,596
8,393
442,229
Italy
10,001,344
143,875
2,709,857
Jamaica
120,682
2,599
49,620
Japan
2,169,653
18,506
337,059
Jordan
1,152,526
13,088
49,357
Kazakhstan
1,157,681
13,142
150,599
Kenya
320,399
5,558
22,924
Kuwait
502,630
2,487
45,344
Kyrgyzstan
195,820
2,851
9,452
Lao People's Democratic Republic
130,293
527
122,106
Latvia
339,494
4,799
50,641
Lebanon
866,894
9,499
174,418
Lesotho
32,049
690
10,369
Liberia
7,208
288
1,173
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
407,758
5,936
13,234
Liechtenstein
8,013
73
328
Lithuania
612,500
7,762
65,213
Luxembourg
143,067
945
27,367
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
79
0
0
Macedonia
256,996
8,240
20,020
Madagascar
57,375
1,223
4,140
Malawi
83,927
2,528
13,453
Malaysia
2,836,159
31,902
45,208
Maldives
120,168
270
15,734
Mali
29,742
707
3,606
Malta
66,071
534
5,120
Marshall Islands
7
0
0
Martinique
71,193
813
70,276
Mauritania
57,480
932
6,735
Mauritius
25,159
762
162
Mayotte
35,691
187
32,540
Mexico
4,667,829
303,183
660,198
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
412,231
10,542
29,853
Monaco
7,691
44
559
Mongolia
428,350
2,094
113,000
Montenegro
213,896
2,524
9,256
Montserrat
155
1
22
Morocco
1,101,163
15,167
62,105
Mozambique
222,652
2,159
15,220
Myanmar
534,163
19,310
2,522
Namibia
155,255
3,914
6,599
Nepal
918,448
11,659
82,550
Netherlands
3,954,299
21,219
901,167
New Caledonia
16,000
282
2,520
New Zealand
15,625
52
1,133
Nicaragua
17,604
215
13,164
Niger
8,592
296
596
Nigeria
252,187
3,124
22,655
Norway
622,596
1,414
532,230
Oman
324,085
4,129
13,552
Pakistan
1,374,800
29,105
76,617
Palau
651
0
595
Palestine
457,654
4,792
14,325
Panama
644,683
7,598
83,343
Papua New Guinea
36,480
597
72
Paraguay
536,977
16,970
53,533
Peru
2,946,151
204,323
2,741,828
Philippines
3,442,056
53,519
262,997
Poland
4,547,315
103,846
581,561
Portugal
2,254,583
19,613
509,628
Qatar
326,093
636
36,293
Romania
2,029,211
59,588
148,880
Russia
11,173,300
326,767
801,197
Rwanda
128,205
1,433
81,250
Réunion
133,617
462
46,486
S. Korea
741,413
6,565
132,725
Saint Helena
2
0
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
5,270
31
619
Saint Lucia
19,755
324
4,171
Saint Martin
9,143
60
7,684
Saint Pierre Miquelon
696
0
224
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
6,615
90
873
Samoa
20
0
17
San Marino
11,466
107
1,684
Sao Tome and Principe
5,836
69
562
Saudi Arabia
657,192
8,922
42,140
Senegal
84,374
1,929
4,391
Serbia
1,559,946
13,306
232,456
Seychelles
34,367
143
5,260
Sierra Leone
7,593
125
7,468
Singapore
316,774
848
13,461
Sint Maarten
9,076
78
1,409
Slovakia
921,422
17,675
57,573
Slovenia
612,017
5,787
118,661
Solomon Islands
289
0
269
Somalia
24,322
1,335
9,805
South Africa
3,581,359
94,117
75,687
South Sudan
16,673
137
3,602
Spain
9,280,890
91,994
3,562,883
Sri Lanka
602,763
15,313
11,126
St. Barth
3,282
6
3,276
Sudan
53,959
3,393
10,237
Suriname
70,074
1,239
19,624
Swaziland
68,118
1,370
252
Sweden
1,784,005
15,639
499,700
Switzerland
1,871,340
12,675
633,828
Syrian Arab Republic
50,985
2,968
11,814
Taiwan
18,376
851
1,247
Tajikistan
17,180
124
85
Tanzania
32,393
753
31,640
Thailand
2,384,639
22,048
82,482
Timor-Leste
19,869
122
8
Togo
36,323
267
5,082
Tonga
1
0
0
Trinidad and Tobago
106,806
3,320
19,194
Tunisia
853,905
25,988
107,907
Turkey
11,014,152
86,125
611,529
Turks and Caicos Islands
5,570
34
293
UAE
828,328
2,219
56,651
UK
15,953,685
153,916
3,394,801
USA
72,309,635
890,158
26,809,035
Uganda
160,572
3,483
57,994
Ukraine
3,870,370
99,282
185,750
Uruguay
588,995
6,308
73,789
Uzbekistan
215,063
1,542
9,304
Vanuatu
7
1
0
Venezuela
469,566
5,405
16,990
Vietnam
2,155,784
36,884
277,720
Wallis and Futuna
454
7
9
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
10,485
1,995
1,439
Zambia
301,924
3,900
5,439
Zimbabwe
228,254
5,294
9,661
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