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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 36 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.

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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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Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history & conservation, History, Government & politics, Economy, People, Languages, 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 & drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Activities, Photography, Media & communications, Business, Living in Angola, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively

PART 2 Luanda Province
Chapter 3 Luanda
History, Orientation, Getting there and away, Getting around, Local tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment & nightlife, Sports, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see, A do-it-yourself city tour, Museums, Churches, Day trips from Luanda, Around Luanda

PART 3 Western Provinces
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, Conda, Seles, Gabela, Quibala, Calulo, Ebo, Cubal River Gorge, Rio Longa, Suggested itineraries around Kwanza Sul from Luanda

Part 4 Northern Provinces
Chapter 7 Uíge Province
History, Getting there and away, Uíge, Encoje, Beu Forest Reserve
Chapter 8 Zaire Province
Getting there and away, M'banza Congo, Soyo
Chapter 9 Cabinda Province
History, Getting there and away, Cabinda, Cacongo, Malongo, Maiombe Forest Reserve

Part 5 Southwestern Provinces
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

Part 6 Southeastern Provinces
Chapter 14 Huambo Province
Getting there and away, Huambo, Caála, Livongue, Bailundo, Mount Moco
Chapter 15 Bié Province
Getting there and away, Kuito, Camacupa, Cuemba, Cangala 280, Chinguar, Tchikala-Tcholohanga, Pedras Candumbo and Pedras do Alemão
Chapter 16 Moxico Province
Getting there and away, Luena, Cameia National Park and Luizavo Forest Reserve
Chapter 17 Kuando Kubango Province
Getting there and away, Menongue, Cuito Cuanavale, Longa, Caiundo and Savate, Missombo, Luiana and Mavinga Reserves,

Part 7 Eastern Provinces
Chapter 18 Malanje Province
History, Getting there and away, Malanje, Capanda Dam, Evangelical Church at Quéssua, Kalandula Waterfalls, The Black Rocks at Pungo Andongo, Cangandala National Park
Chapter 19 Lunda Sul and Lunda Norte Provinces
History, Getting there and away, Lunda Norte, Around Lunda Norte province, Lunda Sul

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