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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organising Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Organising Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Luanda is one of the most congested cities in the world and driving can thus be a real ordeal. The practical local mini buses (candongueiros) are available throughout the day and are used daily by Angolans, but are generally considered dangerous for expatriates. Taxis are also a convenient way to get around town.
Maps of Urban Networks
NGO DW

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport 4km 15min no no 15min

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Moving around the country is difficult and can be costly. Roads are in bad condition and driving is dangerous. The railway network, which is currently undergoing reconstruction, consists of three short unconnected sections. It is not advisable to walk alone, especially in the night and outside city centres; landmines are a major danger.
Rail Companies
Caminhos de Ferro de Luanda
Caminhos de Ferro de Benguela
Caminhos de Ferro de Moçamedes

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
TAAG Angola AirlinesTAAG Angola Airlines Traditional Yes Yes
Air Gemini Air Gemini Yes No

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Travelling By Yourself

Recommendation
Infrastructure which has been damaged by the war is currently being reconstructed, including roas which are in very poor condition. During the rainy season, many of the roads cannot be used. It is recommended to rent a car (4x4) with a driver. Outside city centers, landmines are a major threat. In Luanda, the most convenient way of getting around is to use a taxi.
Road Maps
Ezilon
Maps of the World
Find an Itinerary
Bing

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
Across the country, many remains testify to the days of slavery and the period of Portuguese colonization. There are many churches and forts along the coast, including the famous Fort Sao Miguel. The capital of the province of Zaire, Mbanza Kongo, is a historic town founded before the Portuguese arrived, which houses, among others, an ancient cathedral from the sixteenth century. The Slavery Museum is 25 km from Luanda.
Cultural
Angola has a very rich culture. Traditional handicrafts such as pottery, sculpture, textiles and painting are often used during ceremonies or rituals. Masks carved in ebony and ivory statues and bracelets can be admired in many provincial museums. In Luanda, the Humbi-Humbi Art Gallery, the SOSO or Dundo museum are worth a visit. Angola also has a rich musical tradition, influenced by Brazil, Cape Verde and Cuba. Popular musical styles include Semba and Kizomba and, more recently, Kuduro.
Nature
Angola is full of breathtaking sites of natural beauty, such as waterfalls (Chutes Calandula in Malanje), caves (Nzenzo), rivers (River Kuvango Huila), the Namibe desert, the Sierra de Leba (Huila), the Black Stones Pungo N'dongo (Malanje), the long Palmeirinhas beach, and many natural parks (Kissima, Chimalavera, Mupa) with a great variety of fauna. 
Religious
The country has many interesting ancient churches, for example: the Nossa Senhora do Pópulo church in Luanda is considered the first Anglican church; the Nazare church has a very distinctive pink marble altar; and the Church do Carmo.
Thermal
There are many thermal springs such as the hot springs in Conde (Kwanza Sul) and Alto Hama (Huambo).
Beach
The Angolan coast is lined by beautiful sand beaches. In Luanda, we could mention the Ilha Mussulo located five minutes from the city center, Ilha do Cabo or Palmeirinhas. In Benguela, do not miss the beaches of Baia Azul and Caota Caotinha; in Lobito the Restinga beach or the Miragens Azul and Namibe beaches.
Winter Sports
None
Outdoor Activities
There are many outdoor activities: fishing, safari, hiking, rock-climbing and golf.
Shopping
It is possible to buy traditional artisanal objects in main cities. In Luanda, you shouldn't miss the Benfica market, where you can find a great variety of products, from perfume to animal hides and tourist guides. Belas Shopping was the first shopping centre to open in Luanda.
Tourism Organisations
Guia Turistico Angola

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory. Hepatitis E is widespread and hepatitis B is hyperendemic. The threat of many insect-borne diseases (malaria, dengue) exists all year round throughout the country, including in urban areas. Avoid swimming in fresh water because of bilharzia (schistosomiasis). Meningitis outbreaks also occur. Vaccination against tuberculosis is sometimes recommended, as well as against rabies in case of a longer stay outside the capital. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should always be boiled or sterilized.
International Hospitals
There are hospitals in large cities, but the medical facilitites are far from adequate. However, there are high-quality private clinics in Luanda. Medical care is free but often inadequate. It is advised to travel with a sufficient reserve of medication because it is difficult to procure them locally.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
World Health Organization
Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Government of the United States
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Advice of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 

Emergency Numbers

Police 113
Emergency 112
Firefighters 115
Complaints 117
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Luanda (GMT+1)
Summer Time Period
None
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The country has a number of distinct climatic regions, including a tropical jungle in the north, the drier and cooler central highlands, and the southern arid belt, which is influenced by its proximity to the Kalahari Desert. The best time to visit Angola is during the drier and cooler months, from June to September.
For Further Information
The National Metorological Institute
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Calulu: dried meat or fish mixed with fresh meat or fresh fish, onions, tomatoes, okra at sweet potato leaves.

Muamba Chicken: Chicken seasoned with Mufete de Cacuso: fish seasoned with lemon and pepper

Farofa: a dish made of cassava flour

Funje: Angolan version of the West African fufu. Traditional dish made from dried cassava flour mixed with water.

Kizaka: popular traditional dish made of cassava leaves and peanut butter.

Drinks
Local or Portuguese beers, Portuguese wine
Dietary Restrictions
None

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Angolan New Kwanza
ISO Code
AON
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Money can be exchanged in banks, hotels or on the street (where the rates are sometimes more favourable). Local ATMs rarely accept foreign debit cards.
Possible Means of Payment
The most common means of payment is the local currency (kwanza). US Dollars are widely accepted, although this is officially illegal. Credit card are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and supermarkets.

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Speaking

Official Language
Portuguese
Other Languages Spoken
Bantu and other African languages like Ovimbundu, Kimbundu, Bakongo, Mestico (mixed European and native African), etc. English speakers are rare, except among the senior management of oil and petrol companies.
Business Language
The language of business is Portuguese, but managers of large companies speak English.
Getting Some Knowledge
To learn the basics of Portuguese, visit for example Nativlang or Easy Portuguese.
Free Translation Tools
Lexilogos :

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
http://www.booking.com/country/ao.html
http://www.hoteisangola.com/
http://www.booking.com/country/ao.html
http://www.booking.com/country/ao.html

To Find an Apartment
Century 21
Proimoveis

Casa Sapo
To Find a Job
Trovit
Sapo

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