Angola Travel Facts

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Natural Features: There is a coastal plain in the south to the north, the land rises towards the high in land plateau covering almost two third of the country. Angola has two highest peaks, the Moco and the Meco

Rainy Seasons: November to April

Accommodation: Many hotels in Angola have recently been refurbished and are air-conditioned and equipped other facilities. However, there is a general shortage of accommodation, and it is advisable to book well in advance.

Climate: Angola has a healthy and pleasant climate for a tropical country. The north of the country is hot and wet during the summer months of November to April when rainfall is heaviest on higher ground. On the coast, a cold oceanic current brings much fog and cloud as well as sea breezes. The south is hot throughout much of the year with a slight decrease in temperature from May to October when it is winter.

Getting There:

Air: TAAG Angola Airlines (DT) is the national airline. Approximate flying time from London to Luanda is nine hours. Flights are via Brussels, Lisbon or Paris. The international airport - Luanda (LAD) - is 4km from the city.

Rail: Plans are underway to secure the re-opening of the Benguela railway after a greater degree of peace is established.

Sea: Cabinda, Lobito, Luanda and Namibe are the main ports.

Travel Around:

Air: TAAG Angola Airlines operate flights to major towns within Angola. Private jets are operated by some Portuguese, French and Italian business interests in the north of the country, particularly to and from the Cabinda enclave. Passengers on internal flights must however be in possession of guia de marcha,an official authorization.

Road: There were once nearly 8000km of tarred roads but much of the infrastructure was destroyed in the conflict after 1975. Many roads are unsuitable for travel at the present time, and local advice should be sought and followed.

Rail: Trains run on three separate routes inland from Luanda to Malanje daily with short branches to Dondo and Golungo Alta, Lobito to Dilolo and Mocamedes to Menongue daily. The services could be erratic though, due to the instability of the political situation.

Driving: Traffic drives on the right. International Drivng Permit required.

Passport and Visa: Required but NOT by the following: 1) Nationals of Angola holding an Identity card showing place of birth Angola.

Passport validity: Passports must be valid for 6 months.

Visas: Required ,but NOT by the following: 1) Nationals of Angola.

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid, yellow

Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. Exempt infants under 1 year.

Museums: Instituto Nacional Formacao Artistica e Cultural, Museu Nacional de Antropologia, Museum Nacional Historia Natural

Religion: Christians, Indigenous beliefs

Languages: Bantu, Other African Languages, Pt

GDP: $350 per capita

Currency: Readjusted Kwanza (AOR 100 Lwei)

Credit Cards: Traveller's cheques and credit cards are generally not accepted, although American Express and Diner

Time: GMT+1

International Dialing Code: 244

International Radios: BBC KHz:(daytime)17830, 15400, 6005, (evening)17830, 15400, 11835

Business Hours: Government offices are open from 0800 to 1200 and 1300 to 1600 Monday to Friday

Weekly Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Public Holidays: New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) , New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Martyrs of Colonial Repression Day (Jan. 4), Inicio de Luta Armada (Feb. 4), International Women’s Day (Mar. 8), Victory Day (Mar. 27), Youth Day (Apr. 14), Workers’ Day (May 1), International Children’s Day (Jan. 1), Armed Force Day (Aug. 1), National Hero’s Day (Sept. 17), All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2), Independence Day (Nov. 11), Pioneers’ Day (Dec. 1), Pioneers’ Day (Dec. 10).

Last Updated on Monday 30th November 2009