Angola Travel Overview

Angola Travel Overview

At a glance

Capital: Luanda

Official language: Portuguese

Currency: Kwanza

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.

Important facts

Capital: Luanda

Official language: Portuguese


Currency (sub-unit)

Kwanza (100 Lwei)

ISO 4217 code

AOA / 973


Continent: Africa

Region: Central

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


Angola GDP - gross domestic product

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%

Unemployment: 36%

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

Demographic data

Residents: 12.127.100

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


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 117,200

Cell Phones: 189,000

Radios: 922,000

TV: 262,000

Computer: 86,000

Internet users: 133,000


Railway lines: 2,761 km

Paved roads: 6,942 km

Cars: 320,000

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


Illiteracy: 30%


Foundation: 1975

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: Lufthansa (LH) flies directly from Frankfurt / aM to Luanda and in codeshare with Brussels Airlines (SN) (Internet: 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.

Flight times

Frankfurt – Luanda: 8 hours 25.Vienna / Zurich – Luanda: approx. 11 hours

Departure fee


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.




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.

Flight times

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.

Buses run very irregularly and are very overcrowded. Foreigners run the risk of being attacked.

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.

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.