Fly To Luanda, Angola
Luanda, formerly known as São Paulo da Assunção de Loanda is the capital city of Angola. A place that was overshadowed by the brutal civil war during 1974 and 2002 is now a destination that not only has a rich history, but is surrounded by natural beauty and attractions like the fortress of Sao Miguel which was built by the Portuguese in 1576. Luanda is such an attractive destination, every traveller will be amazed by what it has to offer.
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Why visit Luanda
- Explore Luanda from the culture and scenery of Miramar which boasts amazing views or Corimba which is a perfect place to swim and soak up the beauty of this city.
- Experience wildlife up-close-and-personal at The Quissama Natural Reserve which is rich with elephants, antelope, giraffe, exotic birds, and numerous beautiful species of local flora.
- The Museo da Esclavatura is an experience that no one should miss out on, this sight takes every visitor on a tour of the horrific slave trade that is a large part of Luanda’s history.
The best time to visit Angola would be between June and September when the temperatures are dry and cool, which are perfect for sightseeing.
The most spoken language in Luanda is Portuguese.
- Luanda is Angola’s largest city, the chief port, and Angola’s administrative centre.
- This city is not only the capital of Angola, but the world’s most expensive city for expats.
- Angola is twice the size of Texas.
Luanda is an African city that has so much to offer, with the charm of this city that fill the streets, there are many reasons why this place is considered to be an African destination that should be visited at least once in your life. Make your way to Kissama Game Park and explore this stunning place that is situated 70km south of Luanda it is worth the visit if you are in search of seeing Africa’s most precious wildlife. Fortaleza is also a must. Built by the Portuguese in the 17th Century, it is used to serve as a vantage and defence point against potential invaders, and was turned into a museum after independence.
The many attractions that should be explored include:
- The Marginal
- The Museum of Armed Forces
- The Cathedral of the Holy Saviour, Luanda
Angolan cuisine has been influenced greatly by the Portuguese, as it was a Portuguese colony for centuries. Some of the local favourites to try in the city are definitely not for the faint-hearted. Dishes like the Canidela is a meal dish that is cooked in blood, served with rice and funge. The less risky dishes include the Caldeirada de Cabrito which is a goat meat stew that is served with rice, and it is a traditional dish for Angolan Independence Day.
The finest restaurants to try out when on holiday include:
- Restaurante Cais de Quatro
- Espaço Luanda
- Restaurante Veneza
- La Vigia
- Vaskus Luanda
- Restaurante Fazendeiro Luanda
The most followed religion in Luanda is Catholicism, which is the largest single religious group. There are still traditional African religions that are adhered to by a few peripheral rural societies only, but some traditional beliefs are held by many people. The Constitution provides for the freedom of religion, the Government generally respected this right in practice. Luanda is generally considered to be a very welcoming and friendly city with so much to offer in terms of its rich history which has shaped it into the destination that we all know and love today.
Luanda is generally a safe place to visit when compared to its other neighbouring countries. It is advised to not venture into the slums, and to not go out at night alone as it can be very dangerous, especially if you are a visitor.
South Africans need a visa in order to visit Luanda, or any other city in Angola. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
Address: Rua Premio Dubai Condominio Ouro Verde Municipio Da Samba, Sector ZRGA Caixa Postal 6212 Luanda Angola
Telephone: (+244) 222 460 732 / (+244) 222 460 908
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
Fax:(+244) 222 460 638 / (+244) 222 460 844
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90.00||R 100.00||R 288.15|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 32.42|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 35.96|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 14.41|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 32.42|
Luanda Airport’s (code LAD)
Luanda Airport’s (code LAD) official name is a mouthful, but all you really need to know is that it translates from Portuguese to 4 February – a national holiday on the Angolan calendar marking the start of the struggle against Portuguese colonial rule on 4 February 1961. The airport is located about 5km from Luanda CBD and acts as a hub for national carrier TAAG Angola Airlines. Luanda (LAD) is the only international airport in Angola serving flights to/from South Africa (Johannesburg on SAA and TAAG), Europe, China and the Middle East. Luanda Airport tip: Don't carry any local currency (Kwanza) with you when you leave. There have been reports of local currency being confiscated without explanation from Angolan authorities.
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