For intrepid travellers, Angola has it all: cascading waterfalls, tropical rainforests in the north, desert dunes, volcanic gorges and stretches of beach. After years of unrest, Angola is coming out the other side and is a welcoming destination for tourists. Infrastructure may be basic, but the country rewards adventurous types handsomely in natural wonders.
Visa requirements: Required; tourists must complete a Visa Application Form prior to travel
Time zone: GMT + 1
Population: 29.78 million
Electricity: 220V and 50Hz
Tipping policy: Tipping isn’t that common except for on tours, where you should tip the guide around ten per cent of the total and the driver around five per cent. If you had good service in a restaurant and wish to leave a tip, around ten per cent is fine
AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Indirect flights (one stop) to Luanda (average travel time: 20h): Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle
TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Kissama National Park
Viewpoint of the Moon
Mussulo for surfing
Sumbe Music Festival
Luanda Island Feast
FCO TRAVEL ADVICE
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to the provinces of Cabinda (but not including Cabinda city) and within 1km of the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Lunda Norte province, except at official border crossings and their access roads. Visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/angola for the latest travel advice.