Angola Vacation Information

Angola is situated in south-central Africa, bordered by Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and the Atlantic. The influence of Portuguese colonisation until 1975 can still be seen in much of the country. Angola is now recovering from the post-independence Civil War, and its wealth of natural, architectural and cultural attractions are drawing tourists from all over the world.

To appreciate one of the country’s natural wonders, head for the beautiful beaches of Namibe. Access is via the ancient city of Lubango, which sits in a largely agricultural part of the country and boasts many historic attractions. A photo of Lubando or a photo from any other province is a must a, you will want to look into these later as there will be plenty of food for the eyes. On your way to the coast, keep an eye out for the Tunda-Vala – a volcanic fissure, where climbing is available for up to 2600km, for a truly spectacular view of the drop to the point of sea level.

Angola Vacation Information

Angola Vacation Information

Adventure seekers will love the desert trips now operating in the country that are marketing Angola throughout the world and attracting more and more curious. These trips can include camping in the dunes, visits to hot water springs at Pediva and the Arco, or travel further south as far as the Namibian border to experience huge lagoons, and landscapes populated with an abundance of wildlife. To the North, set amidst tropical rainforests, are the Calandula Waterfalls, a not-to-be missed spectacle, especially at the end of the rainy season.

Get ready for a closer look at its wildlife. In Angola nature is simply overwelming! The Kissama National Park is a great example of the way wildlife is being regenerated after years of strife. Water buffalo, elephants, antelopes and sea turtles that are nesting can all be found here, as well as wildebeest, and giraffes, thanks to a relief project which combines imported and indigenous species.

For history buffs, Angola boasts ancient forts and museums aplenty. The Fortaleza de Sao Miguel is Luanda’s oldest building, built by the in 1576 by the Portuguese and today is home to the Museum of the Armed Forces. The Museum of Anthropology boasts collections of musical instruments and African masks and hunting relics, in an older style building, while the Natural History Museum offers fascinating collections of marine life and mammal exhibits. Lovers of architecture will also love Luanda’s old colonial churches and national buildings, including the pink Banca Nacional de Angola which dominates the harbour, and the Palacio de Ferro, designed for the Paris Universal Exhibition by Gustave Eiffel.

There is plenty of nightlife in Angola, so grab your camera and head down to the capital, to take some pictures of Luanda . Cinemas and nightclubs are an alternative, playing a variety of Caribbean, afro and Brazilian sounds, rub shoulders with restaurants serving everything from high end international food to the mid and budget range food influenced by the country’s chequered history and emerging diverse culture.

Whether you are a thrill junkie a culture vulture or a pleasure seeker, Angola is rapidly emerging as a travel destination with something for everyone.

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