Angola has been blessed by nature and travelling through this country is a wonderful experience.
Its breathtaking landscapes and welcoming people alone are worth the trip. Luanda is a blooming, modern city, and currently the most populated in the country.
Cabo Island, only 10 minutes from the Waterfront, is often visited by bathers, customers and tourists looking for a cool dip in the warm waters or to experience the delicacies served at the many restaurants by the sea. Numerous nightclubs, as well as cultural and recreational centres in various parts of the city enliven and warm up the nights.
Heading south, on the outskirts of the city, in addition to the natural charm of the Mussulo Bay, the exotic beauty of Miradouro da Lua (Viewpoint of the Moon) and the mouth of the Kwanza River, are unique and mandatory attractions for lovers of great natural sceneries.
Viewpoint of the Moon / Mussulo Beach
Across the Bay of Luanda lies the island of Mussulo, surrounded by a series of smaller islands. In Mussulo, visitors can choose between the continental side of the island, with calmer waters, ideal for water sports, and the ocean side, with clearer, more turbulent waters, which bathe an almost deserted white sandy beach, inhabited only by native fishermen.
Board a boat at one of the clubs of Luanda Island. The various tourist resorts offer free shuttle boats to their guests. Palmeirinhas, in south Luanda, has more agitated waters and a cliff formation that makes for an astonishing view of the sea, especially at sunset. The city’s museums and churches, many of them dating back to the seventeenth century, ennoble the cultural, natural and religious world.
Some sights not to be missed:
- Church of Nazaré, in Luanda
- Ruins of Massangano
- Ruins of Quicombo
- Ruins of Cambambe
- Kinaxixe Monument
- São Pedro da Barra Fort
- São Miguel Fortress
- Queen Jinga Mbandi Monument
- Cabatuquila Fort (In Cabatuquila Hill, located in Poço Mais Antigo de Malange, in the Village Quarter)
- Ruins of Duque de Bragança (in the Calandula Municipality, located in Matari ya Ginga, in the Province of Malanje)
- United Methodist Church (in Quéssua, located in Poço da Sé Catedral, at the Central Catholic Church
- Old Palace of the city of Malanje (Located in Manivela Mais Antiga, in the Quizanga Quarter.)
- Cristo Rei – Huíla (built between 1945 and 1950, located at the tip of Lubango)
- Monument to the battle of Quifangondo Bengo; Independence Monument
Church of Nazaré / Ruins of Massangano
SPORTS AND ADVENTURE
Angola offers excellent conditions for sports, especially water sports, with special emphasis on sport fishing. Golf, tennis and ATV tours are also good options.
Sports in Angola
NATURE / SUN AND SEA
Massive rivers flow into wide estuaries all throughout its 1650 km of Atlantic coastline, depositing sediment dragged from plateau areas and forming numerous sandbanks, which then turned into amazing beaches.
Although the weather invites people to the beaches year-round, it is especially in the hot season that they are most sought after, making them quite lively next to beach bars and other establishments, where the mystery of the African night joins tropical-flavoured music and dancing.
Angola’s terrain and climate characteristics are at the origin of wide diversity in the vegetation cover, providing habitats for a wide variety of species of large and small animals. Cabinda is dominated by a lush rainforest, rich in exotic woods and still home to communities of gorillas in the wild. South of Zaire, in the basins of the Kwanza, Kuango and Kuito rivers, as well as in the basins of tributaries of the Kasai river, lies the forest/savannah.
The plateau area is dominated by open forests, with characteristic vegetation and wildlife. Further south is the desert area of Namibe, home to a plant species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world: the Welwitshia Mirabilis. In order to preserve animal and plant species, some of them endangered, protected parks and nature reserves were established all over the Angolan territory. Hunting is currently prohibited and special reserves were created to protect and control the wildlife. Among the various protected animal species are the giant sable antelope, which only exists in Angola, the elephant, the pacaça (African forest buffalo), the potamochero (red river hog), the lion, the leopard, the jackal, the olongo (greater kudu), the common eland, the wildebeest, the zebra and many others. Coastal parks are nesting sites for sea turtles.
Welwitshia Mirabilis, endemic to Angola / African Forest Buffalo, endemic to Angola
Angola is also immensely rich in natural beauty, which makes for spectacular landscapes, with highlights as rock formations, several waterfalls, beaches, lakes and rivers. Angola is very rich in mineral resources and its underground contains many of the most important minerals for world trade, such as oil, diamonds, natural gas, bitumen, iron, copper and gold.