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This new third edition of Bradt's Angola remains the only dedicated English-language guide to this increasingly popular southern African nation. Thoroughly updated, it includes full practical and background information, everything you need to know about the capital city, Luanda, plus coverage of the rest of the country in 16 chapters. Also featured are 38 maps, including detailed city maps for all 18 provincial capitals, plus a specific section devoted to the sometimes-tricky process of applying for a visa.
Bradt's Angola is written by expert author Oscar Scafidi who lived and worked in Angola for five years, has travelled to all the country's provinces, and who has successfully completed a record-breaking kayak trip along the length of Angola's Kwanza River. Thanks to his knowledge, Bradt's Angola is ideal for everyone from independent surfers and bird-watchers on organised tours to fishing enthusiasts, conservationists, surfers, NGO workers and overlanders, not to mention adventurous travellers simply wanting to discover this intriguing country.
Angola continues to change at a rapid pace and offers everything from colonial Portuguese ruins to $100-a-plate sushi bars, landscaped waterfronts to grand public buildings, Portuguese and Brazilian heritage to frontier diamond towns, tropical rainforests to desert, and relaxed coastal resorts on 1,000km of unspoiled beaches. It's also the site of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Mbanza Kongo, once the centre of power for the Kilukeni dynasty, who founded the city almost 100 years before the arrival of the Portuguese.
Whether wildlife watcher or surfer, business traveller or pioneering adventurer, Bradt's Angola provides all the information you will need to get the most out of this vast country.

About the author

Oscar Scafidi is originally from the UK and Italy and spent five years living and working in Luanda as a history teacher. Before this he was based in Khartoum, Sudan. In 2016, Oscar and his friend Alfy completed the first ever source-to-sea navigation of Angola's longest river, the Kwanza, a journey of over 1300km. When not teaching, Oscar also writes travel journalism focusing on difficult destinations, such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Liberia and East Timor. Some of his work can be found on Sean Rorison's website Polo's Bastards ( A book and documentary film of his kayaking expedition through Angola can be found at Oscar is currently based in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

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Amazing insight to an amazing country
Review by rosanna
Absolutely essential for anyone planning a trip to Angola... whether you are going on a business trip and need pointers where to find the best bars, beaches and markets of Luanda or you want to explore the phenomenal beauty of the provincial towns and villages, this guide book will point you in the right direction and will make your trip efficient and easy! Loads of information which really I have not come across anywhere else, since there is little tourist information about Angola freely available on the internet. I attempted to research before arriving and literally found nothing. Likewise if you do not speak Portuguese it is no goods hoping the info will just come to you upon arrival. I don't know what I would have done without this book... probably I would not have discovered some of the best sites in Angola! It literally has all the information you need to make a fantastic and efficent trip. Go to Angola and take this guide book is my double advice!!!!
(Posted on 27/02/2017)
Must have guide
Review by Fiona
If you are living or traveling in Angola, you need to have this guide. My copy has been extremely well used, and it has proven to be an accurate source of information and ideas.
(Posted on 27/02/2017)
Info packed
Review by francesca
The authors have really had hands on true lived life research experience in Angola to write this guide.
Full of helpful necessary information for a country that needs to grow its tourism industry.
This guide is an important handy companion for the intrepid traveller, random visitor, expat etc.
Necessary in a country that is so full of diverse landscapes, cultures, bureaucracy, etc.
(Posted on 27/02/2017)
Great book that helped on our travels
Review by Sintija
We went to Angola in 2015, travelling overland from South Africa. We found this book very helpful in our travels, as there is not much information on the country available elsewhere. We travelled from very South to the Congo river, so we covered a lot of km, and we relied on the book to see some sights in the cities we crossed and find places to eat and sleep. There's good information on history as well.
(Posted on 27/02/2017)

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Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Education, Religion, Culture
Chapter 2 Practical information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety and security, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Activities, Photography, Media and communications, Business, Living in Angola, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively

Chapter 3 Luanda
History, Orientation, Getting there and away, Getting around, Local tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Sports, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Luanda

Chapter 4 Bengo Province
History, Caxito, Ambriz, Barro do Dande, Catete, Sangano Beach, Cabo Ledo, Muxima, Kissama National Park
Chapter 5 Kwanza Norte Province
Getting there and away, N'dalatando, Golungo Alto, Dondo, Kambambe, Massangano, Lucala, Camabatela
Chapter 6 Kwanza Sul Province
History, Getting there and away, Sumbe, Porto Amboim, Binga Waterfalls (Cachoieras de Binga), Conda, Seles, Gabela, Quibala, Calulo, Ebo, Cubal River Gorge, Rio Longa, Suggested itineraries around Kwanza Sul from Luanda

Chapter 7 Uíge Province
History, Getting there and away, Uíge, Encoje, Béu Forest Reserve, Negage, Bombo Falls
Chapter 8 Zaire Province
Getting there and away, M'banza Congo, Soyo
Chapter 9 Cabinda Province
History, Getting there and away, Cabinda, Buco Mazi, Montanha Sao Luis, Fútila, Cacongo, Malongo, Maiombe Forest Reserve

Chapter 10 Benguela Province
History, Getting there and away, Benguela, Around Benguela, Catumbela, Lobito
Chapter 11 Namibe Province
History, Getting there and away, Namibe, Tombua, South from Tombua, Arco, Pediva hot springs, Tchitundo-Hulo prehistoric rock paintings, Iona National Park and Namibe Reserve
Chapter 12 Huíla Province
History, Getting there and away, Lubango, Around Lubango, Bicuar National Park
Chapter 13 Cunene Province
Getting there and away, Ondjiva, Xangongo, Mupa National Park, Ruacana Falls, King
Mandume's memorial

Chapter 14 Huambo Province
Getting there and away, Huambo, Caála, Livongue, Bailundo, Mount Moco (Morro de Moco)
Chapter 15 Bié Province
Getting there and away, Kuito, Camacupa, Cuemba, Chinguar, Munhango, Tchikala-Tcholohanga, Pedras Candumbo and Pedras do Alemao
Chapter 16 Moxico Province
Getting there and away, Luena, Cameia National
Park and Luizavo Forest Reserve
Chapter 17 Cuando Cubango Province
Getting there and away, Menongue, Cuito Cuanavale, Longa, Caiundo and Savate, Missombo, Mpupa Falls, Luengue-Luiana and Mavinga Reserves, Nankova

Chapter 18 Malanje Province
History, Getting there and away, Malanje,
Capanda Dam, Evangelical Church at Quéssua,
Kalandula Waterfalls (Cachoeiras de Kalandula), The
Black Rocks at Pungo Andongo, Cangandala National
Chapter 19 Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul Provinces
History, Getting there and away, Lunda Norte, Around Lunda Norte province, Lunda Sul
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Further Information