Guarded Secrets: 10 Most Beautiful Places in Angola

Relax on vast seashores, taste the privacy in virgin wildlife parks or go through the wrecks of Portuguese imperialism. From Luanda to Lubango the distinctions are astonishing. We share to you 10 places in Angola you sure wouldn't want to miss.

Luanda is the capital of Angola. Located on Angola's coast facing the Atlantic Ocean. Luanda was founded in 1575 under the name São Paulo de Loanda by a hundred families of settlers and four hundred soldiers. Luanda grew with the extensive shipping trade with Brazil it is in this city’s port where nearly all slaves bound for Brazil left. Today Luanda's skyline is dotted with cranes, erecting numerous social housing highrises to replace slums and existing, but grossly dilapidated, 40-plus year old highrises as well as offices for numerous foreign companies operating in Angola. While in Luanda do not forget to visit historical sites, museums and art galleries such as Fortaleza de São Miguel, Augostinho Neto Mausoleum, National Museum of Slavery, National Museum of Anthropology and Humbi-Humbi Art Gallery among other top sites. 


Benguela is a city in the Central Angola Highlands it is also located in the Atlantic Coast of the African continent. Benguela, a Portuguese fort from 1587, was founded in 1617 by the Portuguese. It was long the centre of an important trade, especially in slaves to Brazil and Cuba. Starting in the early 20th century, Benguela attracted, developed, and retained quality businesses and professionals into its thriving and growing economy.  Do not miss the beautiful beaches, historical sites and landscapes while on Benguela. Our top picks are Morena beach, Coatinha beach, Ombaka Stadium, Kunene River, Benguela Market and Baia Azul.

Kissama National Park
Kissama National Park is approximately 70 km from Luanda, the Angolan capital, Parque Nacional da Kissama or Quiçama National Park, also known as Kissama National Park, is located in northwestern Angola. What is now Quiçama National Park was formed as a game reserve in 1938. It was proclaimed a national park by the Portuguese administration of the Overseas Province of Angola in January 1957. The park once was home to an abundance of large game animals such as elephants and Giant Sable, but after wide-scale poaching during 25 years of civil war, the animal population was virtually eliminated. In 2001, the Kissama Foundation, a group of Angolans and South Africans, initiated 'Operation Noah's Ark' to transport animals, especially elephants, from neighbouring Botswana and South Africa. These animals, who were from overpopulated parks in their home countries, adapted well to the move. Noah's Ark was the largest animal transplant of its kind in history and has given the park momentum to be restored to its natural state.

Huambo, formerly Nova Lisboa is a city in the Central Angola Highlands with a population of 225,268. Huambo receives its name from Wambu, one of the 14 old Ovimbundu kingdoms of the central Angolan plateau.  It was one of the main economic engines of Portuguese Angola In 1928 Huambo was renamed Nova Lisboa indicating that the colonial administration intended making of it at some point the capital of the colony. Until the independence of Angola in 1975, the city of Nova Lisboa expanded and its economic growth and development boomed, making it one of the most important urban centres in the then Portuguese Overseas Province of Angola.

Benguela–Lobito Railway
The Portuguese government initiated the construction of the  Benguela–Lobito Railway in 1889. The line proved very successful and profitable, especially in the early 1970. The Benguela railway has a length of 1,344 kilometres (835 mi) in Angola and provides access to the inner part of the country, but achieved its greatest success through linking to the Copperbelts of Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia. In October 1992 due to the armed conflict in Angola, Caminhos-de-Ferro de Benguela (CFB) quit running the Benguela/Huambo route. CFB resumed service linking Huambo with Benguela on 29 August 2011.

Lobito is a town and municipality in Benguela Province in Angola. The town was founded in 1843 by order of Maria II of Portugal, and its harbour works were begun in 1903. The carnival in Lobito was also one of the most renowned and popular in Portuguese Angola. During the Angolan Civil War (1975–2002) Lobito’s port activities were highly limited by disruptions to railway transit and high insecurity. With peace and stability, in the 2000s the Lobito started a process of reconstruction and resumed its path to development.

Lubango is a city in Southwest Angola. The city, originally established in 1885 to serve colonists from the Madeira Islands, lies at an elevation of 1,760 metres in a valley of the Huíla Plateau and was surrounded by a scenic park spreading up the mountain slopes. After the end of civil war in 2002, both Angola at large and the city of Lubango, resumed a process of notable economic growth and development within an environment of stability and peace.

Namibe is a coastal desert city located in southwestern Angola.  Namibe was founded in 1840 by the Portuguese rulers of the territory. The area was colonized mainly by Portuguese settlers from Madeira and Brazil; in the 1850s the Portuguese government also gave sea passage and financial assistance to a large number of German colonists. Aside from a very beautiful landscapes and coast, Namibe is also home to the Iona National Park.

Miradouro de Lua 
Miradouro de Lua is located about 40 km from the city of Luanda on the road heading to south kwanza sul and Benguela provinces, it is one of the top rated tourist attractions in Angola. The “Miradouro da Lua” or the Moon Valley Viewpoint when translated to english is an amazing roadside near Luanda, Angola, somewhat similar to the moon surface. The shape of this amazing piece of Earth’s wonder is a result of erosion caused by wind and rain which, over time, have created these cliffs overlooking the sea.

Cameia National Park
Cameia National Park is a national park in the Moxico province of Angola.  Established as a game reserve in 1938 and as a National Park in 1957. The wildlife in the park has been almost completely wiped out after the civil war wrought devastation to the park, including uncontrolled poaching and the destruction of infrastructure. There is a serious lack of staff, resources and support for the park.


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