Angola - the country in Southwestern Africa, a brief look at how it is

Angola officially the Republic of Angola (Portuguese: República de Angola), is a country located on the west coast of Southern Africa.

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It is the second-largest lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) country in both total area and population (behind Brazil), and it is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Angola has an exclave province, the province of Cabinda that borders the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The capital and largest city is Luanda.

    FROM A GLOBAL STANDPOINT…

    Take a look below. If you’re wondering where the Republic of Angola resides, well now you know. It may look like a small nation from a global perspective, but the total area is 1,246,620 km2 (481,321 sq mi). In fact, the landmass itself is so large that the Portuguese didn’t start colonizing its interior until much later in its history.

    The Republic of Angola resides along the South Atlantic Ocean. There are four neighboring nations: Republic of Congo, Congo DRC, Namibia, and Zambia. As expected, the capital city of Luanda is a coastal city and is one of the most expensive cities in Africa! This is due to the fact that the city is going through an architectural boom and imports most of its goods, thus increasing prices and demand.

    MAP OF ANGOLA..IN SOUTHWESTERN AFRICA

    You would think that there are three countries bordering Angola, but no! If you notice the Angolan province of Cabinda, it juts out into the Congo. Cabinda is important because it contains more than 60 % of Angola’s oil reserves.

    SUNSHINE OR RAIN?

    Angola is located in a tropical zone, but doesn’t have the weather characteristics of a tropical zone. The heavier rainfall and tropical characteristics are definitely present along the coastline, however, the influence of the geographic terrain of Angola’s interior, as well as the dry air from the Namib Desert intermingles with the weather patterns. The cold Benguela current coming in from the south coast mixes cool water with warm, tropical air.

    Angola is divided into eighteen provinces. This leads to a total of 162 municipalities and even 559 communes! The Moxico region in the east consists of hundreds of diverging rivers. As you go to the northeast, you’ll experience vast savannas and a more arid climate. The southwest contains deserts as well.

    MAP OF ANGOLA: DEMOGRAPHICS

    There are 31 million people living in Angola. Out of all of the tribes, the Ovimbundu make up the largest portion of the population. Below is a list of the various groups native to the country. There still remains a small Portuguese population of about 1%, and 1% Chinese population. The Chinese population is a recent development, as China has invested a lot in Angola’s economy, primarily with construction projects.


    ITIES, REGIONS, AND PLACES TO SEE

    Angola has many places for you to see. Here are main points that you want not to be missed.

    Luanda: Mussulo Island is great for beaches and other aquatic activities. Check out the Benfica market for your souvenirs and rest along the Kwanza River.

    Benguela:take a stroll on Baia Azul for wonderful desert beaches. There’s plenty of Art deco architecutre in Beguela as well as ice cold draught Cuca beer.

    Kwanza Sul – for nature lovers you have Cubal Canyon, Conde Hot springs and Cachoeiras / Binga Waterfalls. On the Kwanza river you have the Cambambe Dam. Waku Kungo plains has fantastic wildlife scenery for the more adventurous types.

    Malange – Behold the spectacular Kalandula Waterfalls and Pungo n’Dongo Black Stones.

    Namibe – Visitors can see Arco Lagoon, various beaches and deserts . You can meet and interact with Mucubais Tribes People.

    Huambo – Enjoy the Alto Hama hot springs, and fantastic scenery. Yes, fantastic scenery is a common theme in Angola.


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