Top 10 things to do in Angola

Angola

Former Portuguese colony which went through a brutal civil war. Now largely safe, but has been slow to appear on the tourist radar.

Angola is a country.

Angola /ænˈɡoʊlə/, officially the Republic of Angola (Portuguese: República de Angola pronounced: [ʁɛˈpublikɐ dɨ ɐ̃ˈɡɔlɐ]; Kikongo, Kimbundu, Umbundu: Repubilika ya Ngola), is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh largest country in Africa, and is bordered by Namibia on the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the north, and Zambia on the east; its west coast is on the Atlantic Ocean and Luanda is its capital city. The exclave province of Cabinda has borders with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Portuguese were present in some – mostly coastal – points of the territory of what is now Angola from the 16th century, interacting in diverse ways with the peoples who lived there. In the 19th century, settlers slowly and hesitantly began to establish themselves in the interior. Angola as a Portuguese colony encompassing the present territory was not established until the early 20th century, after the Mbunda resistance and abduction of their King, Mwene Mbandu I Lyondthzi Kapova. Independence was achieved in 1975, after a protracted liberation war. After independence, Angola descended into an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002. Despite the civil war, areas such as Baixa de Cassanje continue a lineage of kings which have included the former King Kambamba Kulaxingo and current King Dianhenga Aspirante Mjinji Kulaxingo.

Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, and its economy has on average grown at a double-digit pace since the 1990s, especially following the end of the civil war. In spite of this, standards of living remain low for the majority of the population, and life expectancy and infant mortality rates in Angola are among the worst in the world. Angola is considered to be economically disparate, with the majority of the nation's wealth concentrated in a disproportionately small sector of the population.

Angola is a member state of the United Nations, OPEC, African Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Latin Union and the Southern African Development Community.

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Top 10 things to do in Angola

Lubango

Lubango
Lubango is the capital city of the Angolan province of Huíla. Its last known population was 100,757. Until 1975, the city's official name was Sá da Bandeira.History

Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, Luanda

Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, Luanda
Also known as Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, this 17th century cathedral serves as the seat of the Archbishop

Iona National Park

Iona National Park
Iona National Park is a national park in Namibe Province of Angola. It is about 200 kilometres from the city of Namibe and, at 5,850 square miles sq. miles, the ...

Cunene River

Cunene River
The Cunene River or Kunene River is a river in Southern Africa. It flows from the Angola highlands south to the border with Namibia. It then flows west along the ...

Cangandala National Park

Cangandala National Park
Cangandala National Park is a national park in Malanje Province, Angola. It is situated between the Cuije river and 2 unnamed territories of the Cuanza, with the towns of Culamagia ...

Kalandula Falls

Kalandula Falls
Kalandula Falls are waterfalls in the municipality of Kalandula, Malanje Province, Angola. On the Lucala River, the falls are 105 meters high and 400 meters wide . They are one ...

Huambo

Huambo
Huambo, formerly New Lisbon , is the capital of Huambo Province in Angola. The city is located about 220 km E from Benguela and 600 km SE from Luanda. The city is ...

National Museum of Slavery

National Museum of Slavery
The National Museum of Slavery is located in Morro da Cruz, Luanda, Angola.The museum was founded in 1997 by the National Institute of Cultural Patrimony, with the objective of depicting ...

Quiçama National Park

Quiçama National Park
Quiçama National Park, also known as Kissama National Park , is a national park in northwestern Angola.It is the only functioning national park in all of Angola, with the others ...

Fortress of São Miguel

Fortress of São Miguel
Fortaleza de São Miguel or Saint Michael Fortress was a Portuguese fortress built in Luanda, Angola.São Miguel fort was built in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais. It became the ...

Bicauri National Park

Bicauri National Park
Bicauri National Park is a national park in Angola. It is located in the south-west region of the country on the Huila Plateau, about 120 km SE of Lubango. The park ...

Mupa National Park

Mupa National Park
Mupa National Park is a National Park in Angola's Cunene province. It was proclaimed a National Park on 26 December 1964 while Angola was a Portuguese territory.It is significant for ...

Cabinda Province

Cabinda Province
Cabinda is an exclave and province of Angola, a status that has been disputed by many political organizations in the territory. The capital city is also called Cabinda. The province ...

Namibe

Namibe
Namibe is the capital city of Namibe Province in modern day Angola. It is a coastal desert city located in southwestern Angola and was founded in 1840 by the Portuguese ...

Saurimo

Saurimo
Saurimo is the capital of the Lunda Sul province of Angola, Saurimo has a population of approximately 200,000. The population has increased due to migrants fleeing areas affected by the ...

Sumbe

Sumbe
Sumbe is a city located in west central Angola. It is the administrative capital of Cuanza Sul Province. Its population counts about 26,000. ...

Kilamba

Kilamba
Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a large housing development 30 km from Luanda, the capital city of Angola. It is being built by the China International Trust and Investment Corporation ...

Kuito

Kuito
Kuito is a city located in central Angola. It is the administrative capital of Bié Province. Under Portuguese rule until 1975, it was called Silva Porto. Kuito was under siege ...

Dundo

Dundo
Dundo is an Angolan mining town located in Lunda Norte Province. The city is the home of the football club called Grupo Desportivo Sagrada Esperança, which plays at Estádio Quintalão. ...

Ondjiva

Ondjiva
Ondjiva is a town located in southern Angola. It is the administrative capital of Cunene Province.TransportOndjiva is not currently served by rail, but in 2008 a railway ...

Catumbela

Catumbela
Catumbela is a city and a municipality of the Benguela province in Angola. It has a population of 16,977.TransportCatumbela is served by a station on the national ...

Uíge

Uíge
Uíge is a provincial capital city in northwestern Angola located in the province of the same name. It grew from a small market centre in 1945 to becoming a city ...