Angola is famous for its protected areas, waterfalls and pristine beaches. Tribes still live on the territory of the state, which have preserved the customs and traditions of their ancestors. This amazing, vibrant and original country will appeal to those who are tired of a measured European holiday.
Who is suitable for holidays in Angola
Angola is primarily an option for those who love nature. Places here are untouched, reserved. Beach lovers will also like it. There are well-equipped areas here, all conditions for divers and surfers are created. In addition, those who are fond of sport fishing come here. Connoisseurs say that the catch here is no worse than on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Turtles, mollusks, various types of fish live in the waters of the ocean — even black whales swim.
Fans of ecotourism prefer to relax in Angola. The territory of the country is completely covered with savannas and wild forests. Rare species of animals live here. And walks in the national parks of the state will allow you to see them in close proximity. In general, national parks are the pride of Angola. In total, there are 8 of them on the territory of the country. Hunting in these places is prohibited, but filming and photography is allowed.
Quite turbulent rivers flow through the lands of Angola, so rafting is often organized here. This is the right place for those who are used to active recreation. Or you can go on an ethnographic tour to get acquainted with the daily life and culture of the natives.
Historical and architectural sights
Fort San Miguel
Near the city of Luanda is Fort San Miguel. This historical building, founded by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, performed security functions. Here you will see the stone figures of kings, which are installed at the very entrance and, like guards, monitor the order of the entrusted territory.
Most of the inhabitants of Angola are Christians. Believers rush here to bow to the holy places. The magnificent building of the Cathedral of the Holy Savior is located in the capital of the country — this is a monument of the 17th century, which is a national treasure of the state. Also on the territory of the country are Jesuit churches of that time: the Temple of the Carmelites and the Madonna of Nazareth.
Museums in Angola
Museum of Anthropology
Here are collected items related to the life of various ethnographic groups living in the country. The collections will help to understand what tools were used, for example, by the Kikingo or Mbunda tribes. You will also see ritual masks and ritual utensils in the exposition.
In total, the museum presents more than 6 thousand items. One of the exhibitions is temporary, that is, the exhibits are periodically changed in accordance with the chosen theme.
Located in the building of the former temple — a monument of the 17th century. In this church, slaves were baptized before being given into the hands of a new owner. The expositions tell about the development of slavery in the country. The instruments of punishment, decorations and clothes of servants are exhibited here. Particular attention is paid to the process of the slave trade.
Museum of Natural History
The most visited place that children will definitely like. The museum presents species of plants growing in different parts of the state. Thematic exhibitions and educational events for the youngest visitors are often organized.
Museum of the Kings of the Congo
The expositions of this mini-museum are exhibited in a building that used to be the residence of the ruling persons. The collection includes personal items and jewelry of the monarchs.
This is the only literary museum in the country dedicated to the work of O. Ribash. It is located in the house where the writer lived for several years. The collections will allow you to get acquainted with how Ribash lived and worked, whose work is known far beyond the borders of the country.
In addition to personal belongings, visitors will also see exhibits that are not related to the work of the prose writer. For example, items that were used for interior decoration in the last century are exhibited here.
Natural attractions of Angola
Fans of picturesque views should definitely visit Mount Moko. It is located in the province of Huambo and is the highest point in Angola. Moko rises to 2600 meters above sea level, and numerous reptiles, insects and animals live on its slopes. The authorities have repeatedly tried to turn this zone into a reserved place. But attempts have so far been unsuccessful. Forests continue to be cut down, thereby reducing the number of animals.
Serra da Lebba
Serra da Lebba connects the capital of Angola with the Atlantic coast. This is a mountain range through which a serpentine road is laid. It was built by the Portuguese in the 70s of the last century. There is an observation deck with a stunning view of the surroundings.
Not far from the town of Pungo-Andongo there is an amazing place about which there are legends and traditions. Here, pieces of solidified lava — Black Stones — are scattered throughout the territory. There is a belief that if you touch one of the boulders, then a person will certainly expect a prosperous, long life. There are also special “male” and “female” stones here that help in love.
Waterfalls of Angola
This waterfall is located on the border with Namibia. From a height of 124 meters, squalls of water are rapidly falling down and rushing into the Kunene River. True, in dry years the river dries up, and the waterfall no longer makes such an impression.
It is the second largest waterfall in the region. Its height is 105 meters, but its width is all 400. Calandula is especially beautiful during the rainy season. This is a very popular place, so they even built a hotel nearby. But swimming is prohibited here — the risk of collapses is too high.
Like Ruakana is located on the border with Namibia. The height of the waterfall reaches 60 meters. This place is not so easy to get to, so it has retained its original beauty. Around grow fig trees, palm trees and centuries-old baobabs. I can’t even believe that the sultry desert is not far away.
Natural attractions and national parks
The largest protected area of the state covers an area of 900 thousand hectares and is located on the Atlantic coast. Rare animals live here: red buffaloes, warthogs, sirens. It is because of these representatives of the fauna that many tourists come to Kisama.
The territory was allocated for hunting back in the 30s of the last century, but after some time the site was given the status of a national park. Cameo covers an area of about 15 thousand square kilometers. This is mainly a wetland with lakes that have been chosen as a habitat by marsh birds.
Although this place is considered one of the driest on Earth, flora and fauna are quite richly represented here. Among the sand dunes, you can find striped zebras, oryx, antelope and other artiodactyls. An amazing sight — desert elephants.
These giants can go without water for several days and have incredible endurance. In addition, a special plant, mirabilis, will grow in the sands. You will not see this green centenarian on any continent again. Scientists claim that the plant is able to live for more than 1000 years.
A separate attraction of the Namib Desert is the Sossusvlei area. Here, in the middle of the sands, there are salt lakes, and nearby lies the Dead Valley. In the middle of the red sands, the trunks of trees blackened from the heat rush straight into the sky.
County of Bibala
Move away from the capital for 150 km and get into the county of Bibala. This land is famous for its healing springs. There are a myriad of mineral springs here. People come here to drink the purest water and wash in the rejuvenating springs.