Angola is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh largest country in the region by land area and is bordered by Namibia to the south, DR Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The capital of the country is Luanda, while the exclave province of Cabinda has borders with the Republic of the Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Previously, the country was a part of the slave trade – a form of human trafficking prevalent a few decades ago where the colonies serve their colonisers through slavery; hundreds of Africans and Angolans being shipped to unknown places to serve the then rich and wealthy upper classes.
What to see & do
Kalandula Falls – The Kalandula Falls are waterfalls found in the municipality of Kalandula, Malanje Province. The falls is 105 metres high and 400 metres wide, and is one of the largest waterfalls by volume in Africa. It falls like cascading curtains with several falls sitting side by side, dropping from lush green forests on the top. The water forms hills of the stones ground out of the mountain, while the waterfall is actually a quarry.
Cameia National Park – The Cameia National Park is a national park in the Moxico province of Angola, located about 1,100 metres above sea level. It shares its name with the nearby municipality, while the Cameia-Luacano road forms the northern boundary of the park. The park is filled with unique animals and greenery, although only a small part can be enjoyed by tourists who wish to explore the park. Outside the premises, two of Angola's lakes, Cameia and Dilolo (the largest lake in Angola), can be found.
National Museum of Slavery (Museu Nacional da Escravatura) – Found in Luanda, the National Museum of Slavery displays hundreds of items used during the slave trade, and is located in the former property of Alvaro de Carvalho Matoso, captain of the presidio of the Forte de Ambaca, Fortaleza da Muxima, and Forte de Massangano in Angola. The captain is one of the largest slave traders on the African coast in the first half of the 18th century. The museum was founded in 1997 by the National Institute of Cultural Patrimony, with the objective of depicting the history of slavery in Angola. The museum adjoins the Capela da Casa Grande, a 17th
century structure where slaves were baptised before being put on slave ships for transport to the Americas.
How to get around within Angola
Currently, Angola's train system is being restored with the help of Chinese firms after 30 years of disuse. There are three main lines which are not connected to each other, but apart from that issue, all trains are now functional since 2012. The Caminho de Ferro de Luanda, the Caminho de Ferro de Benguela, and the Caminho de Ferro de Mocamedes, are all functional and are providing travellers with services between cities in Angola.
How to get there
The Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport is the main international airport of Angola. It is located in the Southern part of the capital Luanda. The airport got its name from the date February 4, which marked the start of the armed struggle against the Portuguese colonial regime in 1961. In mid-2017, the airport is planned to be replaced by the new Angola International Airport. Airlines that travel to the destination include Air France, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Emirates, Iberia, Lufthansa, Royal Air Maroc, KLM, TAP Portugal, and others. Cheap flights can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines in the world, including the above-mentioned.
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