Angola is a bucket list destination like no other. Like many African countries, it’s main attraction comes from its natural landscape. From dazzling waterfalls to awe-inspiring beaches, Angola is just waiting to be explored. Angola’s landscape is undeniably gorgeous. An entire trip could be made of just visiting the 1,600 km of beaches that border the country. If you are particularly adventurous, you can try your hand at wave surfing as the Cabo Ledo beach is home to the 500m longest left-hand waves in the world. The Sangano beach is more relaxing but no less beautiful with it’s white sandy beaches and fishing boat views of the locals. The beaches in Angola are home to rustic tankers whispering stories of how they found themselves ashore while the waterfalls themselves allow a hunt for the legendary Queen Ginga’s footprints which are said to be fossilised in the rocks of Pungo Andongo. The historical backdrop is one that cannot be forgotten or ignored. Promenades to the beach can be followed up with a trip to the Kalandula waterfalls, the third highest waterfall on the continent spreading 410 m wide and reaching a height of 105 m. As the water crashes and dances in the sunlight, the curved stream creates a wondrous rainbow. What makes this waterfall extra special is the plunge pool that is shallow enough so as to really immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings.

 

Why travel to Angola?


Angola is awash in cultural significance arising from it’s often turbulent history. In the heart of the country is where you can find Angola’s first UNESCO world heritage site in M’banza-Kongo. This is where the first church in Central Africa was founded by the Portuguese in the 1600s. Similarly, Luanda, the Fortaleza de São Miguel (or the Saint Michael Fortress in English) gives rise to panoramic views of the cities while sculptures, cannons and other cultural artifacts are scattered around the fortress itself. The natural landscapes are also nothing short of marvelous with the Kissama National Park, being the only national park in the country and host to a lion conservation unit among other varieties of animal species such as giraffes and elephants. For those with a more adventurous itch that needs to be scratched, adding to this is the thousands of kilometres of steep mountainous terrain perfect for hiking and climbing such as Tundavala. Angola’s weather is either distinctly wet or dry and therefore the best time to visit the country is between June and September, where it is dry and you can avoid the rainy and stormy nature of the other months..

Commitment to sustainable tourism


The tourism sector has the opportunity to create the highest number of jobs in Angola, ranging to upwards of 500,000. This goal of creating jobs can only be reached with a larger investment and commitment into the tourism sector by the government and investors. Angola is becoming one of the fastest growing economies in the world. There is a clear commitment to continue this upward change if the government changes its visa requirements to make it even easier for tourists to enter the country and marvel at the wonders that are contained within. With a reinvigorated energy to invest in the training of the population and the recent completion of Operation Noah’s Ark, which saw a number of overpopulated species from Botswana and South Africa be transported to Kissama National Park, there is a clear commitment to improving the overall tourism sector and encouraging growth.

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