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Angola

Angola has a stunning variety of landscapes for the intrepid traveller to explore, from tropical rainforest in the north to desert in the far south.

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There’s amazing birding, surfing, Portuguese architecture, food, and of course sublime weather.

Angola

The people of Angola are welcoming, even if you are one of the first tourists they have ever laid eyes on.

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Angola is changing incredibly fast. Travellers shouldn’t waste another minute if they’re keen to see its raw beauty.

The hackneyed phrase ‘war-torn Angola’ should be deleted and consigned to the recycle bin. Angola is moving forward, reconstruction is taking place everywhere and there is a huge feeling of self-confidence, pride and optimism.

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Angola refuses to cling mawkishly to its past, having emerged from the shadow of 500 years of Portuguese rule and a long civil war; the prevailing spirit is one of confidence, pride and optimism. For the ultimate bragging rights, Angola is the tourist destination. Business visitors are increasing but it’s still a very niche destination for tourists. Miles of remote beaches, tropical rainforests, burgeoning provincial capitals, and all manner of birds await. Race the waves in the Foz do Cunene–Baía dos Tigres beach run, see the grandeur of the Portuguese colonial pastel-pink  building and travel deep into the desert to see the mysterious Tchitundo-Hulo rock paintings or take a day trip to the Kissama National Park a few hours south of Luanda. Angola is keen to make up for lost time, and it would be a shame to miss out on its dramatic rebirth.

Mike Stead

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