Angola, officially named the Republic of Angola, is a country in Central Africa, bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north-east and north, Zambia to the east, and washed by the Atlantic Ocean from the west. The total area of Angola comprises 1.2 million square kilometers; the population is 24 million people. The capital of the country is Luanda. The official language is Portuguese.
Angola’s terrain consists of a coastal plain, changed by a belt of hills and mountains, and then a big plateau. The climate is semiarid, with two distinct seasons - the cool one that lasts from June to September; and the rainy one, continuing from October to May.
The national currency is the Angolan kwanza. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere. Money can be exchanged at banks, in many shops or in licensed money changers. Although there are ATMs in Angola, most of them do not accept foreign credit cards.
Most tourists, annually visiting Angola are attracted by its amazing nature: the stunning views of the coast, the Namib Desert, located in the southern part of the country, and the savanna.
Moreover, many foreign visitors come to see the traditional life of some tribes living in Angola – some of them have preserved their lifestyle since the Stone Age.
As a result of centuries of colonial status in African states there are not many man-made sights, although you can find some architectural monuments in Luanda.
In Malanje there are the stunning Kalandula Waterfalls, especially impressive in rainy season. In the Kissama National Park you can see lots of different wild animals, including the endemic black palanca antelope. Off the southwest coast of Angola there is Tiger Bay, an isolated island, home to marine turtles and some endangered seabirds. On the coast you can see many forts, built during colonial times, including the well-known Fortress of San Miguel, founded in 1789.
Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD) the main international airport of Angola, situated near Luanda.
Albano Machado International Airport (NOV), Huambo
Although Angola is not a primary diving destination, its underwater world keeps a lot of interesting. You will find here stunning views, white-sand beaches, clear water and interesting reefs. Many of Angola’s beaches are almost unexplored and uncrowded, which makes them a perfect destination for those who like solitude and discoveries.
Beginning divers will like Lucira Beach with its extensive reefs, good visibility and light currents.
The waters off Bibala Beach are said to have healing properties. It is hard to say whether it is true or not, but diving here will be a good experience.
Benguela Beaches can boast turquoise water, panoramic views and interesting underwater landscape with inlets and coves.
Clear and calm waters of Das Miragens and Azul on the Namibe Peninsula are suitable both for diving and snorkeling.