Himba village, Angola
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Himba village, Angola

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Angola Travel Guide

Key Facts

1,246,700 sq km (481,354 sq miles).


18.6 million (2013).

Population density

14.9 per sq km.




Republic. Gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

Head of state

President José Eduardo dos Santos since 1979.

Head of government

President José Eduardo dos Santos since 1979.


220 volts AC, 60Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.

Angola is re-emerging from decades of civil war, and adventurous travellers are beginning to tentatively discover its Portuguese architecture, miles of stunning coastline and little-visited wildlife parks.

Thick forest, elevated plains and forceful rivers define the country's landscape - along with the sands of the Namibe desert. Visitors can search for African wildlife, including the black palanca antelope, a species unique to Angola. A ceasefire was finally achieved in 2002, paving the way for a final political settlement and, in April 2003, the people and government of Angola celebrated their first year of continuous peace for more than a quarter of a century.

Although there is still some sporadic fighting, notably between government forces and separatist groups in the oil-rich Cabinda enclave, most of the country has now embarked upon the monumental task of reconstruction.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 31 January 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Cabinda (but not including Cabinda city) and Lunda Norte.

You must get a valid visa and/or work permit before you travel to Angola. The process can take a long time and you should apply several weeks before your intended travel date.

There is a high level of crime in Luanda. Don’t walk around the city after dark.

Most visits to Angola are trouble-free.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

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