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Angola

The Republic of Angola a country in Southern Africa bordered on the north by the Democratic Republic of Congo, the east by Zambia and the south by Namibia, to the west is the Atlantic Ocean and Luanda the capital city lies on the Atlantic coast.

A lengthy colonization by the Portuguese is evidenced in the widespread use of the Portuguese language. After independence, Angola was the scene of an intense civil war, but the now peaceful Angola is becoming one of Africa’s safari destinations and, although very inexperienced in tourism, it offers largely virgin territory for its visitors to discover. In areas such as Iona National Park wildlife such as oryx, springbok, kudu, ostrich, mountain zebra, impala and klipspringer are increasing in numbers.

Although Angola is located in a sub tropical zone, its climate is not typical of such areas due to the cold current from Benguela that runs along the southern part of the coast, the highlands in the interior and the influence of the Namib Desert. This results in two seasons; dry season from May to October and hot rainy season from November to April. Angola’s average temperature on the coast is 60 °F (16 °C) in the winter and 70 °F (21 °C) in the summer.

Vast mineral and petroleum reserves have been discovered which will affect the country’s economy, although standards of living remain low for the majority of the population.

The coastline stretches for over 1.650 kms, and there are numerous small islands, bays and sandbanks where excellent beaches can be found.

The orography and the climatic characteristics of the land provide Angola with a vast diversity of fauna and flora species. Angola offers to the adventurous explorer a rare opportunity.

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