Luanda Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by globetrott
  • Things to Do
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Luanda Things to Do

  • Palacio de Ferro

    This was without doubt my favorite place to visit in Luanda: Palacio de Ferro was one of the highlights of our tour through Luanda and this iron building has a really interesting story: It was obviously preconstructed in France by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in the 1890s and taken by ship to Madagascar, where it never arrived, because the...

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  • The Interior of Palacio de Ferro

    Palacio de Ferro looks great from outside and in case that you are not able to enter the park and have to take your photos through the fence of the park around of Palacio de Ferro it might help you a bit to know that the interior of the building is not really worth the trouble to come again when the building is open for visitors again.The best part...

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  • 2 masks and 1 sculpture

    When you get inside of Palacio de ferro, these 3 are the only exhibits that you will see there: 2 very finely worked masks and one small sculpture and a lot of inscriptions in portugese and unfortunately no further informations were given about them by our tourguides.Palacio de Ferro was opened as a museum in January 2016 - read more about this in...

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Luanda Hotels

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Luanda Restaurants

  • A La Karte

    Went here on a Friday lunchtime and tried the Sushi. I have to say it was superb, fresh fish and well prepared. We even had Salmon Roses on the platter we ordered. Service was very good and the whole place very clean. Drinks were a bit slow but we weren't in a rush so it wasn't an issue. I will definitely go here again.

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  • Best Sushi in Luanda

    Went here on a Friday lunchtime and tried the Sushi. I have to say it was superb, fresh fish and well prepared. We even had Salmon Roses on the platter we ordered. Service was very good and the whole place very clean. Drinks were a bit slow but we weren't in a rush so it wasn't an issue. I will definitely go here again.

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  • 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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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

  • Cartrafic in Luanda

    When I read other transportation-tips here on VT, the cartrafic seems to be a horror, BUT that was not my own experience in April 2016 ! We arrived in Luanda on a Sunday morning in April 2016 and all of the areas that we drove through were quite spooky with almost nobody in the streets, shops were closed and half of the people that we could see in...

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  • private taxitours through Luanda

    Some of my friends onboard had organized a private taxitour through Luanda after our arrival in port. Taxis were waiting at the pier and there was also somebody who organized these taxis, so you know in advance, how much it will be, what places you will be taken to and how long the tour will take.Costs of such a tour were about 20,- $ per hour for...

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  • Sightseeingtours booked on your...

    "Sightseeing in a police-convoy" was a completely new experience for me: Unfortunately the guided tours through most of our exotic ports of call were quite expensive because of the "police-convoy" that was obviously necessary in some of these places.Obviously the best way to go sightseeing for tourgroups was a convoy with an armed policeman on a...

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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

  • a white man and a snake

    This is another quite interesting exhibit that I saw next to the seat of the clan-chief in the museum of Antropolgy in Luanda: it shows obviously a white man with a funny hat and a stupid (or maybe serious) expression in his face and a snake that is trying to maybe attack him from below. Unfortunately there was no further explanations given there !

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  • The seat of a clan chief

    This seat of a local clan chief that is similar to a throne and all of the scuptures that are shown on this seat have a certain meaning, but we were not given any more explanations about it , what a pity ! We have seen a similar throne in the museum of Lobito, but it was a lot smaller, with less sculptures and also no fur on the seat there, just...

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  • a Mantis religiosa visiting the museum

    I was lucky to see this small animal "exploring" the exhibits in the museum in the Fortress San Miguel in Luanda. Obviously this is a Mantis religiosa that is also called with the common name praying mantis (=Gottesanbeterin in german)This is a species of animal where the female part is eating up the male part right after the copulation...

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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 Hotels

    7 Hotels in Luanda

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Luanda Off The Beaten Path

  • The park around Memorial Agostinho Neto

    There is a wide park around of Memorial Agostinho Neto in Luanda , the giant monument that looks like a rocket. That park is almost empty except for the monument of an elephant and another monument closeby that shows somebody holding the flag of the country.Once again I did not have enough time to get any closer, so I could just take that photo...

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  • My favorite room of Fortress of San...

    My favorite part of Fortress of San Miguel is the interior of the central building in the 1st court of the fortress. Unfortunately the guides did not inform us about it, nor did the lecturer onboad of our cruiseship mention it and so I was lucky to go there by accident and was overwhelmed by the beauty of these great tiles. I could not find any...

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  • some great architecture in Luanda

    This is just another good example for some great building in the City of Luanda that was restored after the civil war and it looks great nowadays. We passed by it in our tourbuses, but no further infos were given, nor did I see any inscription on the building.

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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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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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