Angola Travel Overview
At a glance
Official language: Portuguese
Continent: Central Africa
Vacation in Angola
According to Countryaah, Southwest African Angola borders Namibia, Zambia, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Atlantic Ocean. Angola vacationers can expect a wealth of sights. Nature lovers, those interested in art and culture, hobby historians and bathers will get their money’s worth here.
The relatively sparsely populated Angola extends over three different climatic zones. The best travel time for the whole country is after the rainy season, in the months between May and October. At this time the temperatures are still relatively mild and it is dry. Temperatures and humidity are very high between October and May. If you come to the country during this time, you should definitely book accommodation with air conditioning. Without air conditioning in the rooms, there is a risk of severe overloading of the circuit.
Transport network & individual travel
Trips organized by travel agencies should definitely be given preference. Because traveling on your own is extremely difficult due to difficult roads and slow train traffic.
Official language: Portuguese
Kwanza (100 Lwei)
ISO 4217 code
AOA / 973
Geo coordinates: S -11 ° -12 ‘-9.7 “E 17 ° 52’ 26”
Highest mountain: Morro de Moco (2,620 m)
Total area: 1,246,700 km²
Mainland: 1,246,330 km²
National border: 5,198 km
Coastline: 1,600 km
Dependency: Portugal until 1975
UN member since: 1976
Other political affiliation: African Union
Form of government: Presidential Republic
Export goods: Oil, coffee, diamonds
BSP: $ 20,333,800,000
GDP: $ 24.986 billion
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 28.16 billion
Economic growth: 20.3%
GDP share of agriculture: 10.1%
GDP share of industry: 64.8%
GDP share of services: 25.1%
Inflation rate: 15%
State budget revenue: $ 4294967295
State budget expenditure: $ 4294967295
Export: $ 31,480,000,000
Import: $ 13.774 billion
Foreign debt: $ 8,890,000,000
Gold and currency reserves: $ 4,426,000,000
Electricity consumption: 2,230 million KWh
Gas reserves: 45,870 million m³
Gas production: 950 million m³
Gas consumption: 950 million m³
Oil reserves: 25,000 million m³
Oil production: 1,840,000 million m³
Oil consumption: 70,000 million m³
Cultivation area: 2.95%
Bovine: 4,320,000 pieces
Pigs: 790,000 pieces
Fishing: 298,000 t
Residents in cities: 4,006,000
Average age: 18 years
0-14 years: 43.7%
15-64 years: 53.5%
> 65 years: 2.8%
Population growth: 2.45%
Birth rate: 44.64 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 24.2 / 1,000 residents
Migration: 3.55 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 1.02
Fertility: 6.35 children / woman
Infant mortality: 185.36 ‰
Life expectancy men: 37.47 years
Life expectancy women: 39.83 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: AO
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: AGO
ISO 3166 numeric: 24
Top Level Domain: ao
IOC country code: ANG
UN / LOCODE: AO
Telephone connections: 117,200
Cell Phones: 189,000
Internet users: 133,000
Railway lines: 2,761 km
Paved roads: 6,942 km
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 4
Number of doctors: 1.010
Daily food intake: 1,980 kcal / resident
HIV- infected people: 290,000
Last sovereign since: 1975
Main religious group: Christians
Prison inmates: 6,900
Armed forces (troop strength): 131,000
Defense Spending: $ 2,190,000,000
Arriving by plane
Angola’s national airline is called TAAG Angola Airlines (DT).
Transfer connections via Brussels, Paris or Lisbon exist with various airlines, including TAP Portugal (TP) (Internet: www.flytap.com). Lufthansa (LH) flies directly from Frankfurt / aM to Luanda and in codeshare with Brussels Airlines (SN) (Internet: www.flysn.com) via Brussels to Luanda.
Note: All Angola’s airlines are currently on the EU’s black list due to safety deficiencies and are subject to a flight ban in Europe.
Frankfurt – Luanda: 8 hours 25.Vienna / Zurich – Luanda: approx. 11 hours
Arrival by car
The border crossings to neighboring countries are currently closed. Overland trips by car should not be undertaken because of the extremely poor road conditions and the risk of mines still existing.
Arriving by train
Overland connections to neighboring countries are generally not open, but this can change at short notice.
Arrival by ship
The main ports are Malongo, Lobito, Luanda and Namibe.
ON THE GO
There are strict controls everywhere ?? many regions can only be reached by plane. International companies with business interests in the north of the country or in Cabinda own private planes. Current information is available from the embassies.
Traveling by plane
TAAG Angola Airlines (DT) scheduled flights connect all major cities. However, the aircraft are often in poor technical condition and travelers should only use machines that are used by well-known international organizations or companies. Air Gemini and Sonair also carry passengers. The Cabinda enclave can only be reached by plane.
Note on air travel
There are strict controls everywhere – many regions can only be reached by plane. International companies with business interests in the north of the country or in Cabinda own private planes. Current information is available from the embassies.
Benguela – Luanda: 50 min; Cabinda – Luanda: 50 min; Huambo – Luanda: 1 hour; Namibe – Luanda: 1 hour 45; Lubango – Luanda: 1 hour 10.
On the way by car / bus
The civil war destroyed much of the existing infrastructure. Many roads have been destroyed or lead through mined areas and are therefore currently impassable. You should inquire exactly on site.
Bus: Buses run very irregularly and are very overcrowded. Foreigners run the risk of being attacked.
Taxis are mostly available, but you should plan to wait. Travelers should make sure that they are picked up on arrival at the airport and that they are accompanied by people familiar with the area during the first few days.
Rental cars are available for around US $ 100.
Documentation: international driver’s license.
Traveling in the city
Buses in Luanda have unit fares.
On the go by train
Due to the unstable political situation, rail traffic is irregular. There are three railway lines with daily connections inland: Luanda – Malanje, Luanda – Lobito – Dilolo and Luanda – Mocamedes – Menongue. Food and drinks are offered on some routes, sleeping cars and air conditioning are not available.