|As mentioned above, due to having lived through years of civil war, although Angola now has a booming economy tourism is yet to take off. But the infrastructure of the country is being rapidly improved and it won’t be long before tourism too makes its mark.
In the meantime you can enjoy Angola in its more natural state, although this won’t mean everything is cheap. On the contrary, Luanda is a very expensive place to stay and buy food and drink.
Luanda is the capital and largest city and is situated on the Atlantic Coast. It is the country’s main seaport and has a number of hotels to stay in and restaurants to dine at. There are not too many things to do in the city – the bay is apparently very beautiful, whilst the Benfica Handcrafts Market, just south of Luanda, is the place where you can buy just about everything at very low prices!
A boat ride out to Mussolo Island, ‘the best beach in town’, is also recommended. This is an island in the middle of the Kwanza River and is a great place to visit as it has much natural beauty and well as services such as restaurants, plus beaches and palm trees.
About two hours south of Luanda is the Kissama Game Park (aka Parque Nacional Da Kissama). The park has just recently been re-stocked with wildlife and although amenities here are limited it is well worth the journey down. There is a tour company, called Eco Tur, who operate out of Luanda who you can take tours with to the park, where you will see giraffes, ostriches and other birdlife, gazelles and palanca antelope. Eco Tur company also offer tours to other places within 2 to 3 hours of Luanda.