Angola

Angola is a country in south west Africa. Though not popular like South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, it offers visitors with the great opportunity to enjoy game viewing with less crowds.

The Facts

  • Borders the countries of Namibia, Zambia, and Congo. Angola also borders the Atlantic Ocean off the west coat and with a west coast along the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Angola has plenty of natural resources; the most common being oil and diamonds.
  • Capital city is Luanda, which is also the largest city
  • Official language is Portuguese
  • Total area – 1,246,700 kmĀ²
  • Population – 10,978,552 (ranked 71 in the world for size)
  • Angola is a former portuguese colony
  • Angola is divided into 18 provinces: 1 Bengo, Benguela, Bia, Cabinda, Cuando Cubango, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Cunene, Huambo, Huila, Luanda, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Malanje, Moxico, Namibe, Uige, Zaire
  • Angola has three main ethnic groups, each speaking a Bantu language: Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, and Bakongo 13%.
  • The great majority of the inhabitants are of Bantu stock with some admixture in the Congo district.
  • In the coast towns the majority of the white inhabitants are Portuguese.
  • The Mushi-Kongo and other divisions of the Ba-Kongo retain curious traces of the Christianity professed by them in the 16th and 17th centuries and possibly later.

Travel Guide for Angola Visitors

  • Upon arrival at 4 de Fevereiro International Airport in the capital- Luanda, you may choose either the green route, if you have nothing to declare; or the red route, if you carry something subject to customs fees. Items for personal effect are duty free. Travelers should register with their embassy on arrival, and de-register on departure similarly.
  • All visitors to Angola especially those traveling outside Luanda are advised to travel under the patronage of security because leisure travel in Angola is not recommended. Driving outside Luanda can be risky.
  • Travelers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets particularly destinations popular to foreigners.
  • Travel to the North and South Luanda Provinces is advised against since visitors may be subject to movement restrictions. Cabinda Province more especially is common with violent incidents.