Angola lies on the Atlantic Ocean in south western Africa and is popular for white sandy beaches, history, culture, nature, wildlife and a beautiful countryside as well as business, leisure, meetings, incentives, conferences and events.
Angola lies on the on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in west southern Africa bordering Namibia, Zambia and the DR Congo. It is home to many unexploited tourist marvels. Despite her turbulent past which had ravaged much of her infrastructures and national parks, the country has risen from the ashes, thanks to relative peace and tremendous wealth from natural resources lead by oil and diamond.
Today, the country welcomes tourists to savor her many attractions from white sandy beaches on her 1,700km coastline and offshore islands in the Atlantic promising sun, sand and fun; the under-developed hinterland is a bed rock of history, culture, mind-boggling nature and a stunningly beautiful and mysterious countryside as well as remnants of wildlife. Luanda, her capital and principal port is a cosmopolitan city of 3m with gleaming skyscrapers, beautiful beaches, world class hotels and restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. It is perfect for business, leisure, meetings, incentives, conferences and events notwithstanding her reputation as one of the world’s most expensive cities.
The Mussulo Islands (Ilha do Mussulo) off the Luanda coast must be the “Caribbean islands” of Africa; everything you need from white sandy beaches, great weather, bird species, great water sports and beautiful African Sunsets. The Island is within the capital city Luanda, and well connected by both sea and road transport.
Luanda, the capital of Angola is a land of stark contrasts with beautiful Atlantic Ocean views, busy ships and modern high rise buildings contrasted by little round huts accommodating the rapidly expanding city population.
Kissama National Park, situated 75km south of Luanda is home to some of Africa’s most sort after animals like the Zebras, Giraffes, Hippos, Elephants, crocodiles and other terrestrials in a stunning natural settings.
The Tunda Vala Fissure; if you have heard about the Grand Canyon then look no further, the Tundavala Fissure offers a spectacular natural sighting. Situated an elevation of about 2600m above sea level, it offers phenomenal views and some of the best vistas in Africa. The area can be accessed by road from either Namibe province or Lubango the Huila province headquarters.
Lake Dilolo: The mythical Lake Dilolo, Angola’s largest lake, found in Moxico, eastern Angola just outside of the Cameia Park boundaries is a popular tourist destination teeming with wildlife including rare bird species and aquatic life.
Dala Waterfalls are a spectacular 60m tall waterfall also referred to as the Chiumbe River Falls in Lunda Sol (not to be confused with the smaller Cassengo falls in the same area) and a site to behold as the powerful, misty and thunderous waters crash on the rocks below. There is a small tourist lodge nearby.
The Kalandula Falls, one of the seven wonders of Angola, is the second largest water fall in Africa after Victoria Falls. It is just a site to behold.
Benguela city on the Benguela bay is a must see tourist destination for many Portuguese tourist. Benguela’s early economy was based on mining and slave trade to Cuba and Brazil. Today the city is linked to an international railway line linking The Congo DR, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Tourism has become the biggest activity in the city.
Maiombe Forest (400km²), one of the most spectacular natural areas in Angola, is fittingly referred to as the “Amazon of Africa” with hundreds of rare flora and fauna species, many of them unique to the area. Wildlife includes gorillas, forest elephants, chimpanzees, rare birds and butterflies. Rare woods include ebony and mahogany. There is a small guesthouse with basic facilities at the nearby Buco Zau town.
Lobito (port and town) in Benguela is both an important port and the tourism attraction that is popular with anglers (try your hand at a giant Tarpons, can weigh up to 200lbs), nice beach, relaxation and sunshine. There are also plenty of restaurants and old Portuguese buildings here which can be worth taking the time to explore for a day or two.
Iona National Park (15,000km²), the largest national park in Angola, is situated in the extreme southwest of the country. It covers an expansive area of over.
Cangandala National Park is the smallest of but it still has plenty to offer, home to the amazing giant sable antelope, the most rare antelope in the world and the national symbol of Angola, the Palanca Negra.
Huambo is an industrial and mining province of 1.7m and home of Kavongue National Forest Reserve, popular for rappelling, canyoning, paragliding and canoeing and tropical climate.
Cabinda the city and province have some exceptional spots worth visiting. The M’Buco-M’Buadi Cemetery houses the remains of Cabinda kings as well as a range of marvelous sculptures. There are also ruins of a 16th Century cathedral and the forest reserve of Kakongo.
Malanje; as well as being home to the Cangandala National Park, Malanje is also home to the Black Stones of Pungo Adongo; a strange natural rock formation formed millions of years ago. The area is also home to many waterfalls, forests and natural areas which all make for great places to take safaris or try out an extreme excursion such as canyoning or bungee jumping.
Because much of the Angolan tourism infrastructure in hinterland is not developed, most of our guests to stay within and around Luanda spending time at leisure on the beach, on business in Luanda or undertaking various day trips from there. A local SafariDMC Tour Consultant/Angola Expert is always on standby to advise and make suggestions.
Luanda has many international standard hotels facilities however they seem insufficient for demand and get full months in advance. @SafariDMC recommends advance booking accordingly; an advance deposit is often required to guarantee availability. The standard of customer service at hotels and restaurant is sufficient and acceptable in regional standards but some people find it a bit slow; a good sense of humor and vigilance goes a long way in making your stay comfort.
Whilst Angola is a resource rich country, the wealth is inequitably distributed. As a consequence, petty thuggery is common. All our guests are briefed upon arrival by or local guide who has lived in Luanda for all his life. Safety and security in the tourism establishments is OK. Always exercise common sense and be aware of their surroundings. Avoid deserted and dark alleys, do not to flaunt expensive gadgets like jewelry, mobile phones and cameras in dark and crowded places where they may attract attention. Always follow our guide’s advise and all will be OK.
Almost all persons require a Visa to enter Angola with no exceptions. Visas must be obtained in advance before arrival; no visas are issued upon arrival. Unlike most African countries, Angola has a rather strict and draconian visa policy. Always discuss entry requirements with your Travel Agent and/or Air Carrier amply in advance before boarding
Most visitors to Angola are surprised by the price of goods and services; Luanda, the capital has the reputation of being the most expensive city in Africa but it is by no means un-affordable.
The Quatro de Feverreiro International Airport is the principal gateway to Angola. Situated 10mins from the Luanda central business district, it is visited by many of the major international airlines carriers/airlines including South African Airways, Emirates and others