Angola is a moderate size country in the Central African region. The Democratic Republic of the Congo borders it on both the northern and the eastern sides. Namibia is to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and Zambia to the east. It is the 17th largest country in Africa, and its capital city is Luanda.
The country boasts numerous navigable rivers. Major rivers include both the Zaire and the Cuanza. Modern Angola has its roots in early Portuguese colonization, going as far back as the 16th century. For centuries, Angola was coastal settlements and trading posts. However, it is widely believed that the country has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Era.
Transportation in Angola varies widely. Three separate railway systems and a 47,613-mile network of highways both comprise the ground travel here. Other transportation includes thousands of navigable inland waterways, several large seaports, and 243 airports.
Car hire is available in Luanda. However, you should only use reputable companies and it is better to rent a car with a driver. Outside of the capital city, driving is risky. Car-jacking is common in the country.
In Angola, they use electric sockets of type C. Plugs of types F and E are also applicable. The standard voltage is 220V.
The official language in Angola is Portuguese. However, every ethnic group has its own language. The most widely used national languages are Umbundu, Kimbundu, and Kikongo. The predominant religion in Angola is Christianity, Roman Catholicism dominating. There are also Baptists, Lutherans, Adventists, and other representers of different branches of Christianity in the country. Also, there is a community of Muslims in Angola, but they are in the minority.
The official currency is Kwanza. The approximate exchange rate is AOA165 for US$1. Currency exchange is available at bureaus de change throughout the country. However, US Dollars are acceptable widely. Credit cards are not generally acceptable. ATMs are available in major cities and towns, but many of them don’t accept international cards.
Angolan culture is African, with a strong influence of the Portuguese. The ethnic communities still try to preserve the original heritage, while in the cities there is already a mixture of cultures, with the domination of the Portuguese. The process of disappearing of African features in Angolan culture has even been reflected in contemporary literature.
The best time of year to explore Angola’s northern territory is May through October. Visitors to the southern area benefit most when visiting July through September. Both areas have stunning views, breathtaking scenery, and opportunities for exploration. Whenever you plan to travel, don’t neglect to explore this beautiful country!
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