Thinking of traveling to Angola?
There are quite a lot of amazing things to do in Angola, from the capital city of Luanda to the less-populated regions in the south and east.
And great food, warm people, and plenty of sun to take in, as well!
Here is our list of the best things to do in Angola:
1. Hit the Streets of Luanda
Luanda is the capital city, and it’s got many of the best things to do in Angola. Home to over 2.5 million people, many of them from the ethnic group known as the Ambundu, it’s a bustling city without being oppressively so. Also, it’s located on the Atlantic Ocean, making for a well-rounded base for a variety of Angolan activities and adventures.
If you love the waterfront, you can take a walk along the Marginal, a seafront promenade on Luanda Bay. For history and culture, the city has its share of great museums, including the Museu de História Natural, the Museu de Antropologia, and the Museu Central das Forças Armadas. And don’t forget to try the local cuisine! Angolan dishes mix local ingredients with some Portuguese influence, and there are some great fish and meat dishes, often spicy.
Just save up before you go. Luanda was ranked as the most expensive city for expats recently, ahead of even Hong Kong!
2. Enjoy Some Sun on Angolan Beaches
Angola has a lot of frontage along the Atlantic Ocean, so you have beaches galore. There are beaches right in and around the city of Luanda, such as Mussulo, so you don’t have to stray too far from your hotel. If you can manage to get a bit further away from the capital, the beaches of Sangano and Cabo Ledo (around 100 km away) get you away from the city feel and the crowds. And if you are able, check out the deep blue waters of the Baía Azul in Benguela, south of Luanda.
3. See the Moon at the Miradouro da Lua
The Miradouro da Lua, or “the Viewpoint of the Moon” in English, is located in Belas a short distance from Luanda. Though we know the moon doesn’t quite look like this now, it was thought back in the day to have a lunar-like surface. You have to admit, these cliffs do have an otherworldly quality, don’t they?
4. Watch the Setting Sun in Angola
If you ever wanted to see a gorgeous African sunset, Angola is the best country for you! Since it has ample acreage along the southern Atlantic Ocean, facing west (looking towards the ocean), you have abundant opportunities to view one of the best things to see in Angola, it’s sunset.
But, you don’t have to catch it over the ocean for it to be beautiful. This image above was taken inland from a boat doing a river cruise on the Kavango River on Namibia’s border. A red sunset is always solid gold!
5. Visit the Town of Muxima
Muxima is a cute little town, but one that has a brutal history dating back to the 1600s during Portuguese colonization. In Kimbundu, one of the Bantu languages spoken in Angola, “muxima” means “heart.” As one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Angola, over 1 million tourists come to this small town between the end of August and early September.
While there, take time to see the Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Muxima (“Church of Our lady of Muxima”), a place added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List for its cultural importance and history dating back to the African slave trade. Hundreds of years ago, slaves were baptized here and blessed before being sent off. It might be one of the saddest places to go on your trip, but super important to know about nonetheless.
Well, that’s our guide on the best things to do in Angola, and we hope it helps you make the most of things in this amazing African country! Got any questions, feedback, or other Angola things to do? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!