Future is waiting
Favorite thing: There's a lot to be done. But how far can such a rich and fertile country go, as soon as it finds it's way? The friendly children deserve a better future.
Tourism in search of authenticity and a boosting nature will help.
Professional contacts are opening a chance to return. I will, with pleasure!Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Portuguese & Angolan mixed culture
Favorite thing: Angola and Portugal share 500 hundred years of common history. Those five centuries have definitely left their marks in their cultures.
Many Portuguese still carry fond memories of their past time lived in Angola. Many still dream about returning to this African country.
No other country and no other people will understand Angola better than Portugal and the Portuguese. Friendship between these two countries will always be there.
The picture of this tip, which features Portuguese traditional culture, is a painting in one wall of an Angolan restaurant in Luanda.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
The Palanca Negra - The Giant Sable of Angola
Favorite thing: The Giant Sable (Hippotragus niger variani) - the Palanca negra - is a national icon in Angola.
Even the players of the Football National Team are known as Palancas Negras.
"The giant sable (Hippotragus niger variani) is a beautiful animal that is unique to Angola" /// - Bjørn Hallstein Holte (more here).
"The most striking characteristics of the Giant Sable, a subspecies of the common sable antelope, are its long recurving horns which rise almost vertically above its head before curving backwards and the absence of the full white eye-to-nose line which occurs on the face of the better-known sable antelope." /// - www.kissama.org (more here).
Favorite thing: • Tap water is not safe to drink , but water in bottles can be bought.
• Due to long period of political and military instability in the country Angola’s economy is emerging. Strong growth is being experienced with ongoing interest in SA’s infrastructure.
• Tropical diseases like Malaria ,Bilharzia, Cholera and Meningitis occur in the country and medical advise should be sought prior to departure regarding what vaccinations and prophylactics are recommended.
• While the major Towns do have hospitals facilities adequate medical facilities do not exist else where and visitors should carry their own medicines where possible.
• A return ticket air ticket is required by visitors and yellow fever vaccination obligatory.
*Visas required , except for those in transit and not leaving the airport, as are passport for entry into Angola. Exit permit required following must accompany the visa: valid passport, photos,covering letters from the company sending the person, a letter of invitation from the company in Angola or the Angolan government
Fondest memory: INFORMATION
Area: 1 246 700 square km sq
Population: 11 900 000
Official language: Portuguese
Climate: Average temp. 20-35 degrees C
Buying Power: (AON 5.20=US $1)
Per capita GNP $2800 (from tourism-NA):
Currency exchange rate: 40 Kwanza = 1 $
Visa requirements: Visas are required
Airport tax: US $20
Health risks: Malaria, bilharzia, cholera, meningitis
Kissama National Park,
Museum of Slavery,
National museums of AnthropologyRelated to:
- Family Travel
Africa at its best!
Fondest memory: Clear transparent waters at the beach of the Ilha do Mussulo, a wonderful peninsula in front of Luanda. Lots of colorful fishes.
The thick rain drops during the sudden, fast yet powerful rainfalls are a beautiful sight.
The red ground and the all day going on music (merengue ) playing.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
ENGLISH - Everithing could be...
Favorite thing: ENGLISH - Everithing could be very nice. Just wait a few years more...
PORTUGUÊS - Poderia haver coisas óptimas. Vamos esperar uns anos...
FRANÇAIS - Tout pourrait être splendide. Attendons quelques années...
Fondest memory: ENGLISH - When I spent six months working in Angola, every saturday and every sunday:
Riding (as a matter of fact, I learned from experience)and swimming at KM17 (places are called like that, number of km from Luanda) where a few old and scarved horses survived.
PORTUGUÊS - Quando passei 6 meses em Angola, todos os sábados e domingos: equitação (na verdade aprendi por tentativas) e praia no km 17 (os sítios são designados assim, pelos km de distância a partir de Luanda) onde umas tantas pilecas tinham sobrevivido.
FRANÇAIS - Quand j'ai vécu 6 mois en Angola, chaque samedi et dimanche: de l'équitation (en vérité, j'ai appris par tentatives) et ensuite la plage au km 17 (les endroits sont désignés ainsi, d'après leur distance de Luanda) où quelques vieilles montures avaient survécu jusque lá.
FrodeK's General Tip
Fondest memory: A guy from the embassy took me into the dark back alleys of Luanda one evening. I could hardly see anything. Then he stopped the car and told me we were getting out here...My eyes got used to the dark, and I saw some women on the side of the road with small stalls. When we got out they approached us, and my friend from the embassy negotiated in Portugeese. We sat down in the side of the road, and was served beer, and the best tasting chicken I've ever had....I will never forget this experience.
After two years I found alot...
Favorite thing: After two years I found alot of nice restaurants and good places to have a decent meal. As a portuguese I tried to found the best of my country cuisinne in this country...
As I saw in a few VT pages about Angola... this country isnt definetly a tourist country (in a few decades but not now)...
...hereunder find the names and places of good restaurants in Luanda:
a) Miramar´s GuestHouse - probably the finest little restaurant u can find; nice international cuisine made with 'charme' and 'savoir faire'. The maitre (Mr.Paixão Micas) is very pleasant and atencious...tell him u go by my tip ;)
b) Lua Cheia - best quality/price in Luanda... the owner himself fishes during weekend to sell at mondays lunch ...the portuguese 'tapas' are delicious. The Chief is his wife so u can imagine the fine cuisine u can expect. Mr. Zé Souto, the owner deserves the premium for the best 'petisco' in Luanda... u can find it on the street that connects US embassy with S.Paulo market, after Norweign compound check in your left...
c) Rialto - u dont missed, everybody nows it... in Marginal (Bay Av) in front of petrol station... u have good Pizzas and better 'spaghetti'
d) Coconut´s - on the beach, best French 'savoi-faire'. Fair price 4 Luanda.
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