The 10 best places to visit in Angola

 

Built in 1957, inspired by the world famous Christ The Redeemer statue in Brazil, is Angola's Christ The King Statue. Made of white marble, situated on a hill overlooking the city of Lubango in the south west of the country, it stands at 30 metres (98 ft) high, making it the tallest statue in Angola

10. Cristo Rei

 

In the far east of the country, close to the borders of Zambia and the Democratic Republic Of Congo is the Cameia National Park, encompassing 1,445 square kilometres (558 square miles) of protected land that is unlike the rest of the terrain within Angola. Much of the landscape consists of seasonally wet plains that form part of the Zambezi river basin. The rest of the park is covered in woodlands that cross into neighbouring Zambia, as well as rich grassy swamps that bring in a variety of animal species. As with all of Angola's national parks, from 1975 to 2002 during the Angolan civil war, illegal poaching and destruction have caused considerable damage.

9. Parque Nacional Do Cameia

 

South of both the capital, Luanda, and the Quicama National Park, carved by the Cambongo River are the Sassa Caves. This series of enormous caverns cut from the steep rocky cliffs are considered the best of their kind in Angola, and have been shortlisted among the countries seven natural wonders.

8. Grutas Da Sassa

 

In Cabinda Province, formerly the Portuguese Congo, an enclave of Angola separated from the rest of the country by the Democratic Republic Of Congo, is the Mayombe Forest, the southern margin of the Congo basin's tropical rain forest. It stretches from the south west of the Democratic Republic Of Congo, through Angola's separated Cabinda Province, into neighbouring Republic Of Congo then onward to Gabon. Visitors seeking something slightly different can get lost in this enormous rain forest, with tours offering the chance to see chimpanzees, western gorillas and forest elephants.

7. Mayombe Forest

 

In the extreme south west of the country, close to the border with Namibia, is the Iona National Park. Covering some 15,200 square kilometres (5,850 square miles) from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Escarpment it is the countries largest area of protected park land. Part of the Namib Desert, the oldest in the world, the landscape is one of vast plains, steep sand dunes and rough mountainous cliffs, making for some of the most rugged and spectacular terrain in the entire country.

6. Parque Nacional Do Iona

 

East of the capital, Luanda, is an area known for the Black Rocks Of Pungo Andongo, famed for it's series of unusual rock formations. On the relatively flat lands of the African savanna, monolithic black stones tower above the rest of the terrain, making for a spectacular and unusual landscape.

5. Pedras Negras De Pungo Andongo

 

East of the capital, Luanda, on the Lucala River, is one of the largest waterfalls on the continent, the Kalandula Falls. Measuring a whopping 400 metres (1,300 ft) across, with a drop of 105 metres (344 ft) it is also one of the most spectacular waterfalls in southern Africa.

4. Quedas De Kalandula

 

On the far western coast, slightly south of the capital, Luanda, is a bizarre lunar landscape of colourful cliffs, known as the Viewpoint Of The Moon'. Eroded by rain and wind over thousands of years, nature has left a ravine of unique geological features. Due to it's unique and unusual nature and it's proximity to the capital, it has become the most visited site in Angola.

3. Mirador Da Lua

 

In the extreme south of the country, on the Kunene River that forms the natural border between Angola and Namibia, is the spectacular and sometimes disputed Ruacana Falls. Measuring an enormous 700 metres (2,300 ft) across in full flood with a drop of 120 metres (390 ft) it is among the largest waterfalls in Africa by both volume and width. Though the waterfall sits within the borders of Angola, the best places to view this natural wonder are arguably from the Namibian side.

2. Quedas De Ruacana

 

In the far south west of the country, near the city of Lubango on the rim of the Serra Da Leba mountain range that forms the start of the Great Escarpment, are the Tundavala Cliffs. One of the highlights of the area is known as the Tundavala Gap, a spectacular gorge that offers visitors a view of the surrounding plains from 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) above the valley floor. Regarded a wonder of Angola, a place of waterfalls, ravines and spectacular mountain scenery, it truly is the jewel of the country.

Pictured is the Tundavala Gap.

1. Fenda Da Tundavala

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