Luanda Travel Guide

  • Found this beautiful chair at the park
    Found this beautiful chair at the park
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    This is my own take on this very popular...
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Luanda Highlights

  • Pro
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     Mussolo island 

  • Con
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     poverty, dirty streets, traffic 

  • In a nutshell
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     Not for Tourists 

Luanda Things to Do

  • Mussulo

    A few kilometers far from Luanda, Mussulo Island was a paradise. Now that the economy is recovering, and Luanda starts attracting again, some visitors, I'm curious about what they will do in that Island or with what remains of it. But it surely is a great opportunity, and something to visit in my necessary future visit.

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  • The Bay

    Not suitable to swim, the bay of Luanda is wonderful, no matter the point from where you observe it, day or night. Miramar, a high quarter, is, maybe, the best point to do it. If you want to swim, the facing island is only a long and narrow strip with open waters.

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  • Corimba

    In the southern area of Luanda, Corimba invites to swim. With a boat, the island of Mussulo is the top destination but not beating the beauty of the coast (This, before civil war. But I'm curious to see it again).

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Luanda Hotels

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Luanda Restaurants

  • IIha's Finest!

    Nice tasty food... I mean, food with real, full taste. Lovely environment and ambiance, too The Steak was awesome

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  • Frozen fish!

    I had the mis-pleasure of eating here with my partner and some work colleagues. We wandered past the attractive-looking buffet to find our pals in the corner. The "A la Carte" restaurant resembles a Travelodge foyer, and was unnacceptly hot for a so-called four-star hotel. The waiter rushed us into ordering and messed who had asked for what dish....

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  • Care for Chinese?

    This is a popular Chinese restaurant in Luanda. Most of the staff are from mainland China. It looks like a typical Chinese restaurant with lanterns and all. It's popular because of the variety of dishes they serve here as well as having authentic Chinese alocholic spirits. There are two Chez Wous in Luanda, I and II, as they have expanded. Seafood...

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Luanda Nightlife

  • Luanda at night

    A good suggestion for dinner is to try a restaurant in the Island, which is right in the other side of the Luanda Bay.There are several restaurants to choose from. So, options are various.The restaurants located in the east side of the island offer this view (pictured here) of Luanda city.

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  • Dance the Kizomba

    This is a sprawling venue on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The area appears like an massive African thatched house that is open and airy, with wooden floors . This place is popular day or night. It is a buffet/restaurant during the day or evening where a smorgasbord of Angolan dishes is laid out. However on weekend nights, the venue is...

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  • Monte Carlo? No Luanda!

    This bar cum nightlub is trendy. Luanda nightlife is certainly improving with the introduction of places like this. The open air bar/disco extends out to the water and it overlooks the city of Luanda from the Ilha. Luanda from afar can be deceptively beautiful, almost like the French Riviera!! The Bank of Angola building and the Fortaleza have...

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Luanda Transportation

  • Boat to Mossolo

    Although Mossolo is not really an island, being a thin strip of peninsula attached to the mainland, the only way to get there is by boat. There are boats around Benfica, in the southern suburbs of Luanda, that can take you there. One has to bargain with the boatman as prices can be high. Make sure you form a large group to save money. One can also...

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  • Kangongeiros

    There are no proper taxis with meters in Luanda. So if you do not have a car in Luanda, you are stuck. However, you can travel around with a Kangongeiro, a "taxi" van that is painted in blue and white and can carry up to about 12 passengers. These kangongeiros do not have signs of their destination. However, they have a written side on the side...

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  • Good Rent a Car

    Moving around in Luanda is unthinkable without a car. Taxis do not legally exist, and they charge 25 usd$ for any traject, short or long. Better you rent a car with a local driver. Cost of driver is only 20 usd$ per day, and he will save you the burden of driving through an exasperatingly slow heavy traffic. Also, he will know directions, difficult...

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Luanda Shopping

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  • Where is the local handcrafted "Pau...

    Unlikely in Maputo, Mozambique's capital, in Luanda I couldn't find local people selling their wood handcrafted ART in the street !!! - This fact was very disappointing since I was traveling to Luanda expecting to buy quite a few of those Pau Preto ("black wood") handcrafted art pieces.Only in some particular shops, at the airport for instance, I...

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  • Buy some mint at the market near Cacuaco

    There are lots of ad hoc grocery shopping opportunities in and around Luanda. This one is just north of Luanda in Cacuaco - maybe about 25 km up the coast on the main road that goes by the refinery. A lot of the produce that comes from these roadside markets is grown locally, and purchasers are cautioned that these goods must be cleaned very...

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  • Grocery: Review of Intermarket

    Intermarket is the best located grocery store in Luanda, being right by the port and protected by a guard in the parking lot. They sell most foods and some drug items, and housewares, and have a small household furniture section as well. Food items are basic, but they have the staples, plus milk and some cheeses. They typically do not have bread....

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Luanda Local Customs

  • Open your senses

    Walk around Luanda and the the beat of the people. Ask them for a good picture, look at the blue taxis picking people here and there. And the mothers selling fruits while their children are carried on their back. With more time go to the Island (Ilha de Luanda) and get a feeling of the sea…Luanda is not full of tourist attractions but there are a...

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  • Blue Soda: 100% Angolan

    Once I got in Luanda I immediately noticed the cool Blue soda advertising billboards. This sodas' street advertising is really, really good.No wonder why those outdoor billboards keep being robbed by the locals for private home decoration. :)

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  • Advertising Painter.

    This shot was done today, 2 December 2010.I've just saw this great sign on the Resolução de Outubro Avenue (aka: Airport Avenue), opposite to Clinica Girasol.The sign advertises services for Painter, Designer, Simple or w/ Light Adds, House Painters, Stickers, etc, and they do also make License plates.My whole attention goes for the painting itself...

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Luanda Warnings and Dangers

  • Angolan Land Mines. The aftermath of...

    Angola has been at war almost continually since it received independence from Portugal in 1975. During the long and devastating periods of conflict, mines have been used extensively by several parties in all of Angolas 18 provinces. A great majority of the Angolan districts are therefore inaccessible due to mines or damaged roads and bridges....

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  • Driving is an headache !!!

    Driving in Luanda is an headache, despite being a major personal challenge as well :(The goods news is, I feel driving in Luanda nowadays is not as bad as it used to be four years ago, in 2006, when I visited Luanda for the very first time.-MF-

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  • Mind the short bus when getting off the...

    Now, riding the short bus back home in Indiana means something altogether different than here in Angola… As the cabin door of my plane opened to greet the warm air of Luanda, the Air Namibia ostrich medallions were settling nicely in that vast expanse I call my belly…I was feeling pretty good, like the fat cat I am… However, this mild, dizzy-like...

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Luanda Tourist Traps

  • Luanda Traffic

    Driving in Luanda it's an art. Even if you are the best driver in the world, you will have a lot to learn here. So don't hire a car, try to get a car with a driver. Luanda it's...Luanda. Everything that you think that can't be done when driving a car or a motobyke, you will see it in Luanda. There's no updated GPS router for Luanda streets, there's...

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  • Customs?

    Further to the previous warning on customs, I think they mean the "Policia Fiscal". These officials have a small office in the international departure lounge, on the ground floor. They will stop affluent- looking europeans and americans and usher them into a small interview room. The Policia Fiscal are there to ensure you do not take the local...

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  • Customs

    Do not leave the country with money in your pockets. When you go through customs they ask if you have any money and search for it in you clothes and bags. Spend it all before leaving the country, give it to someone you met there...better than leaving it at customs.

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Luanda What to Pack

  • Mosquito repellent and insect repellent...

    Luanda airport is full of mosquitos and you need to take this threat very seriously indeed. Don't even think about travelling to Luanda without taking malaria medication. You will need to have some sort of masquito spray ( DEET preferrably) or anti- insect wipes. I would also suggest that you take some toilet paper because if you ARE forced to...

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  • Mosquito repellent

    Malaria is rife even in the city of Luanda. Always have protection against mosquitos. It is particularly bad during the rainy season. If you need to wear shorts because of the heat and humidity, you are advised to take precaution against malaria. If you are staying in Luanda only for a short term, take propylactics.

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Luanda Off The Beaten Path

  • High technology

    This is also Luanda harbour, in contrast to the other 2 tips - this shows something very high-tech, It is the ship "Skandi Navica" spooling up pipe from the base operated by SevenSeas.

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  • Where old ships rust slowly

    Again, Luanda harbour - this baby is a Russian trawler which was scuppered by the South African navy during the civil war. In the next few months, it will be removed to make way for more reclaimed landfill.

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  • The busiest port in Africa?

    Luanda harbour and particularly SONILS (Sonagol Integrated Logistics Services) is very very busy place - I heard that when a ship turns up, it has to wait 10 days until a berth is available. Nevermind, like all harbours, it is a working place which is a wee bit grimy, but plenty atmospheric.

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Luanda Sports & Outdoors

  • Entertaining spectators

    Watch a football match between Angola and another African country. You will be surrounded by a sea of Red, Black and Yellow (the colours of Angola). The drum beating and dancing and flag waving is hypnotic. It is very interesting to watch the spectators cheer for their country and the atmosphere is superb. Very noisy!! Oh don´t forget to see the...

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  • Deep Sea Fishing

    Boats can be chartered from Club Nautico. Full day of deep sea fishing 15 miles off the coast of Luanda. Competitions are held there too.

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Luanda Favorites

  • No taxis in Luanda

    Luanda is now a big, crowded town with more than 3 million people. Dowtown Luanda is not too big, but street traffic is so dense and slow that visiting customers will take you hours¡¡Do not count on more than 2-3 visits breakfast to lunch.There is hardly a few Traffic lights, and every single crossroad is packed with cars trying to go in all...

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  • plan enough time for every trip in...

    Always try to plan enough time if your are travelling in and around Luanda. Distances from 25 km could take a 45 minutes drive or a five hour drive. It always depends on the traffic....... 25 km distances - 5 hours driving

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  • A Bunch of Pictures of People of Luanda

    Take some time to meet some local people. They are generally guarded and skeptical, at first, but this wears off pretty fast if they sense that you are just another human being. Nothing better than a good laugh with some locals. Tell them something you like about Angola, and you will have a friend for life! Muita saudade dos momentos com os meus...

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