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Angola sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Angola has much to offer to tourists. This is a country where visitors will find truly amazing, one of a kind nature. Picturesque savannahs, tropical forests, magnificent coastline and tender sun make this country a candidate for a perfect resort destination. The country is famous not only for its nature landmarks, but also for numerous interesting towns rich in history. Angola is home to some unique places of interest and its rich heritage simply cannot leave visitors indifferent.
The capital of the country, Luanda, is, without a doubt, the main historical center of Angola. The city was founded in the end of the 16th century, when Angola was yet a colonial country. Many architectural landmarks of Luanda are reminiscent of that period in the history of the country. The major part of streets and quarters was built in 16th – 18th centuries. If you take a walk on the streets of Luanda, you will surely notice beautiful mosaic that adorns mains streets of the Old City. Fortress of Sao Miguel and the building of the university are considered the most famous buildings of the colonial period. There are also several museums that are mostly dedicated to ethnographic and historical collections. The biggest expositions and most valuable artifacts can be found in the Museum of Angola and the Dundu Museum.
Those tourists, who prefer active rest, will find what they want in the town of Namibe. The resort is famous for its absolutely stunning beaches that are suitable for various water based activities. There is a desert with the same name not far away from the resort. The desert is a true paradise for fans of hunting. During a trip among barchans, you will see exotic animals, rare flowers and oases. Tombua is another popular tourist destination in Angola. This is a port city that is very popular with fans of fishing. Tombua is the largest fishing region in the country, so best seafood markets and fish restaurants are located there. Guests can also buy finishing gear and try their luck. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
One of the most beautiful national reserve areas in Angola is called Bibala County. The reserve is famous for its unique mineral springs and forests rich in herbs.

Fans of sightseeing are recommended to visit Benguela. The town still keeps an ancient fort built in the beginning of the 16th century. The fort witnessed numerous fights and attacks. It had a major role in the outcome of many military campaigns. Besides the old castle, the historical part of the town is the location of several quarters that date back to the colonial period, as well as of several museums, the majority of which are dedicated to the history of Angola.

History and Entertainment

In the 6th century BC, the territory of the modern country was inhabited by the Bushman tribes that started gradually banning the Bantu. The early history of the first state systems in Angola is associated with multiple tribal wars lasting until the 13th century. In the Early Middle Ages, Angola became a part of the powerful Kingdom of Congo.
In 1482, The Portuguese people were the first to board the coast of Angola. Later, Portugal competed with Holland for the right to own the new lands for many years. Despite multiple wars and indigenous people’s discontent, Portugal was holding control over Angola for hundreds of years. The country gained independence only in 1975.
Luanda from the fort For many travelers, the enchanting African country is a place for exotic recreation. Today, there are modern beautiful resorts in the coastal area. Here, travelers can take advantage of the first-class hotel services and visit different restaurants and entertainment centers.
The coastal waters of Angola are rich in fish, so the country is visited by big fans of fishing. In Tombwa, there are several upscale sports fishing centers where you can rent the necessary equipment and order the trips to the most interesting fishing docks. The underwater wealth makes Angola an attractive place for diving and snorkeling fans. In the particular period, the tourists can take part in tours to admire rare black whales.
Sunset over the Atlantic, seen from Luanda Nowadays, Angola is one of the best places for ecotourism. Half of the entire territory of the country is unique forests and savannas. In Angola, there are also several big national parks. During the excursions, you can see here typical African animals in their natural habitat and admire rare plants.
Despite the fact that Angola is an African country, it is characterized by the ramified river network, which conditions unique natural treasures. Precious waterways have long turned into important tourist sites. Travelers here can do the river rafting and take a boat trip. Fans of ecotourism are especially impressed by volcanic districts of Angola where you can admire beautiful desert landscapes.
Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Angola
♥   National Park 'National Park Cameia' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'National Park Cangandala' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'National Park Iona' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'National Park Luengue-Luiana' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'National Park Mavinga' . On the map   Photos
Country maps Maps of Angola

Sightseeing in popular cities of Angola

Luanda
The outstanding architectural monuments of a later period can be admired during a walk in the Upper City. Now, in this new part of Luanda, there are buildings of important government institutions, including the Presidential Palace and the Bishop's Palace. Next to these palaces are the most splendid mansions in the city with spacious verandas decorated with exotic plants. On the territory of the Upper City, is located the Academy of Music. It will be interesting for everyone who is … Read more

Map of travel guides to Angola cities

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