Angola in Africa is a place for those who have a penchant for uncharted territories. The county has remained unexplored since the later years of the 20th century, after the pre-civil war. However, with a proper infrastructure and development happening today, it is an upcoming tourist destination for adventure enthusiasts across the world. This little country is a hidden gem in terms of tourism and only when you touch this land, do you realize what you have been missing. With their pristine nature reserves, untouched wildlife, expansive beaches, and Portuguese ruins, the country is a perfect blend of adventure and solitude.
Best time to visit Angola
Located in the southern hemisphere, Angola experiences winters between May to October, which is the best time to visit. During this time, the temperatures lower down and the rainfall reduces, making the weather soothing. More than its equatorial location, the weather of Angola is influenced by its altitude and nearness to the sea.
How to reach Angola
Several connecting flights are available from the major cities of India to Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport in Luanda, the capital of Angola. Vistara
, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France
, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Air India, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, etc. are the airlines which fly on this route. You can book a cab or board a bus which is easily available outside the airport terminal, to reach the city center.
Accommodation in Angola
With a number of upscale accommodation options, Luanda, the capital city of Angola, is sure to make your stay, an extravagant one. The tariffs range from INR 8,000 to INR 35,000 (approx.) per night. Moderately priced hotels within INR 6,000 are also available, providing a comfortable stay. Hostels and campsites for backpackers can be arranged in and around Luanda.
Sightseeing in Angola
Iona National Park, even after the destruction due to the pre-civil war, remains the most visited attraction of Angola. It was once a thriving reserve, and efforts are being made to revive its biodiversity. Leba Mountain Pass with its winding roads and 5000-feet altitude is the best destination for every daredevil. If you like to explore the diverse bird life, visit the freshwater oasis, Lake Arco, for its amazing rock formations and bird diversity. The oldest desert on the planet, the Namib Desert stretches from Tombwa to Walvis Bay in Namibia. If you like variety, experience it at its best at Namibe, which has a brilliant combination of beach and desert.
Deserts, architecture, history - you can indulge in all of this and more, all at Baia Azul in Benguela. Take a stroll on the beaches, explore the colonial ruins, and sift through the vibrant markets in Luanda.
Take a short trip to the famous Statue of Christ and the tropical forests in Lubango. For all coffee lovers, Angola has something special to offer. Kwanza Sul is the largest producer of coffee in the world; it is complemented by scenic spots such as River Kwanza, Binga Waterfalls, Conde Hot Springs, Waku Kungo plains, and the Cambambe Dam. With fort ruins and cave paintings, the Cubal Canyon is also a must-see attraction.
Must-buys in Angola
Angola is known for its handicrafts. Check out the artifacts, structures, paintings, jewelry, pottery, and handwoven baskets at the vibrant markets of the country. Ivory items, carvings, and malachite are an important part of African arts and can make for the perfect souvenir to take home from Angola.
Eating out in Angola
Being a Portuguese colony, the cuisine of Angola is greatly influenced by Portuguese cuisine. Cabidela (a dish served with rice and cooked with blood), Caldeirada de cabrito (a goat meat stew), Calulu (a dish made from dried fish), and Chikuanga (Angolan bread), are the must-try dishes when in Angola.
FAQs on Angola Flights
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Angola?
From India, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offers the cheapest airfares.
•What is the time difference between India and Angola?
India is 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Angola.
•What is the time taken to reach Luanda from major Indian cities?
Delhi to Luanda
– 13 hours 45 minutes
Mumbai to Luanda
– 11 hours 05 minutes
Chennai to Luanda
– 16 hours and 10 minutes
Bangalore to Luanda
– 15 hours and 20 minutes
•Which are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Angola?
Major layover airports for connecting flights to Angola from Delhi are Paris, Amsterdam, Dubai, Muscat, and Hyderabad.
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