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Angola Travel Guide: All you need to know to visit Angola in 2023

Welcome to Angola

Angola is a coastal country in southwestern Africa. Besides its shorelines with pristine beaches, the island has rocky places, natural landscapes and ruins of Portuguese colonial history. Its culture has remained intact over the centuries, giving it an ancestral genius. Angola also boasts the Namib Desert, a perfect place for exploring, and much more. In this ultimate Angola travel guide, you will find valuable information to plan your trip to this vast country.

Document checklist for Angola

  • Visa

  • Health declaration

  • Valid passport

  • Sufficient funds

  • Return airline ticket

Essential Angola travel information

  • Currency - The Angolan currency is the Angolan Kwanza (AOA). USD 1 is equivalent to approx. AOA 503,78.

  • Daily budget for 1 person - The budget for one person is 30,621.16 AOA (USD 60).

  • Languages - The official language is Portuguese, but there are other national languages: Kimbundu, Umbundu, Chokwe, and Kikongo.

  • Socket type - For Angola, the associated plug type is C. Angola operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.

  • Time zone - West Africa Standard Time (GMT+1).

  • Top 3 cities to visit - Luanda, Benguela, and Lobito.

  • Top 3 landmarks/monuments - Kalandula Falls, Kissama National Park, and Lona National Park.

Visa information for Angola

It is essential that before you travel to Angola, you have all the necessary documents to ease your arrival and immigration check with the Angolan authorities. For this reason, we recommend you use our Visa Checker Tool, where you can see the visa documentation you need according to your nationality.

For now, here are the documents we can help you get!

Angola eVisa on Arrival explained

The Angola eVisa on Arrival is a eVisa for family visits, tourism, or business activities. An important fact is that 60 nationalities can apply for this visa. iVisa offers you the Pre-Arrival Authorization to get this visa.

Angola Pre Authorization of Entry explained

The Angola Pre Authorization of Entry is the official travel document you will need to present to receive the Angola eVisa on Arrival at one of the permitted ports of entry in Angola.

The Angola visa on Arrival is valid for 30 days after arrival. The Pre Authorization of Entry must be used within 60 days of being granted to get your Angola e-visa.

Travel Registration Explained

The Angola Travel Registration is a travel document that Angolan nationals and foreign national residents in Angola must fill out before entering the country. We recommend completing this form no more than 72 hours before arrival. You can do this process 100% online with us!

Typical costs and budget for Angola

Here is an idea of the basic costs in Angola, to plan ahead and budget accordingly.

Daily spending per person - 30,621.16 AOA (USD 60).

  • Meals - For food, 15,310.806 AOA (USD 30).

  • Transport - For public transportation, AOA11,718.179 (USD 23).

  • Hotel - A hotel room for one person, AOA 19,393.184 (USD 38) and AOA 38,255.861 (USD 75) for a hotel room for a couple.

Transport and ways to travel around Angola

There are many ways to travel in Angola, so we give you the most popular options used by locals and foreigners over short and long distances.

  • Taxi- It is a straightforward and popular way to move around the cities of Angola. In addition, if you arrive at Luanda airport, it is the safest way to get from the airport to your hotel.

  • Rent a car- If you want to avoid using public transport for convenience and speed, renting a car or minivan with a local driver who knows the best routes is advisable.

  • Bus- This is the most economic travel method, but it is a little slower.

  • Train- You can also travel by train. The northern line runs from Luanda to Malenje with a comfortable and complete service. You can choose the type of ticket you want to buy, from the most expensive, offering maximum comfort, to the cheapest. The middle line is also fully functional, serving Luau, Lobito, Cubal, and Huambo. The southern sector is still under construction and will run between Namibe, Menongue, and Lubango.

Safety in Angola

When traveling to Angola, you must keep in mind that it is a country that still has crime problems, so you must always be careful and alert. However, if you take the necessary precautions, you can explore this country safely.

Here are a few recommendations for you to consider while in Angola:

  • Carry your identity documents with you at all times.

  • Always carry bottled water.

  • Have insect repellent.

  • Take care of yourself in crowded or public places.

  • Avoid going anywhere alone at night.

  • Don't take pictures of government buildings; it's illegal.

  • Ensure you have international travel insurance in case you need medical assistance.

  • The north of Cabinda province can be dangerous; avoid this area.

Weather in Angola

The average annual temperature in Angola along the north coast is around 26 °C/79 °F. In contrast, in the interior highlands, the yearly average is 19 °C/66 °F. The coldest months are July and August.

Angola has two distinct seasons: rainy and dry. As a recommendation, go to the south, where the best months to travel are June, July, August, and September.

Popular cities and towns in Angola

Top 5 of the best cities to explore and enjoy in Angola:

  1. Luanda - It is the capital of Angola and one of the ports of Southern Africa, full of life with markets, beautiful landscapes, and modern buildings. The city has the Atlantic coast to observe and marvel at while strolling and taking a cultural tour.

  2. Benguela - Angola's most popular tourist destination. Its charming Portuguese architecture gives it a lovely vibe. Also, its locals are amicable. Its romantic beaches are a great place to relax and swim.

  3. Lobito - Lobito is a small town on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean located in the province of Benguela. It is trendy for its beaches, where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset and taste exquisite local dishes in restaurants of Portuguese colonial architecture.

  4. Huambo - It is a province of Angola. Here you can find the Kavongue National Forest Reserve, where you can explore and practice sports. This city has roots in the industrial and mining area.

  5. Cabinda - This is a large city with the wealthiest oil industry in Angola. Cabinda has tropical forests where you can find cocoa, wood, raw rubber, coffee, and palm oil.

Must do and see in Angola

Don't miss these great things to see and do when you come to Angola:

  • Kalandula Falls - It is one of the most famous places in Angola. At 105 meters (344 feet) high and 400 meters (1,300 feet) wide, you will be amazed. Plus, in the rainy season, they are much more magnificent.

  • Kissama National Park - This is one of the most popular national parks. Located 75 km south of Luanda, it is nearby if you want a hiking adventure. You can see elephants, giraffes, zebras, and other animals—all a tremendous natural wealth.

  • Lona National Park - It is one of the most popular tourist attractions. It covers 5,850 square miles and was a true animal paradise before the civil war. The government is trying to revive the wildlife population.

  • Cangandala National Park - This is an incredible place to immerse yourself in nature and wildlife. It's home to the giant sable antelope, the rarest antelope in the world and the country's national symbol. Protecting this park and its indigenous wildlife have become a national priority.

  • The Tunda Vala Fissure - This place provides one of the most extraordinary views in Africa. It lies between Lubango and Namibe at an altitude of 2,600 meters above sea level. Its view of the descent to sea level is dizzying.

Typical Angolan food to try

  • Muamba de Galinha or chicken muamba - It is a traditional dish known as the country's national dish. It is a chicken stew with palm oil, tomatoes, pumpkin, and okra. Are you willing to taste it?

  • Kizaka- It is a vegetarian dish with ground peanuts and boiled yucca leaves, making it a plate with many flavors. Both yucca and peanuts are simmered until the mixture is thick, silky, and nutty.

  • Chikwanga- It is a traditional dish of cassava flour cakes wrapped in steamed banana leaves. It is served with African stew, soup, and sauce to balance its flavor. There are many traditional restaurants to try Angolan cuisine; in the meantime, you can explore the country.

Vaccine information for Angola

When planning your trip to Angola, remember to check the vaccine requirements, like COVID-19 and Yellow Fever, among others, to enter Angola without concerns. Click on the CDC website for full information on local health conditions.

Portuguese is Angola's Official Language

Angola was a former Portuguese colony. As a result, Angola's official language is Portuguese. However, many native languages have been preserved and are still recognized. These include Umbundu, Kimbundu, Kikongo, and Tchokwe.

Fun facts about Angola

  • It is possible that Samba was born in Angola. Brazil is recognized for this type of dance. However, Angola has a traditional dance called Semba, which is believed to be the origin of the roots of Samba in Brazil.

  • The Giant Sable Antelope was rediscovered in Angola. Long thought to be extinct, the giant sable antelope was recently found in Angola and is a national icon.

  • Luanda, Angola's capital, is the world's most expensive city for ex-pats. It is the Paris of Africa with its prices and vibrant cultural life!

  • The Civil War lasted from independence from Portugal in 1975 (Angola was a Portuguese colony) until 2002. After Angola gained independence, it went through a long civil war that cost millions of lives.

  • Angola has a very young population; nearly 70% of Angolans are under 24.

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