Must see attractions in Angola

  • Sights in Angola

    Parque Nacional da Kissama

    Kissama (also spelt Quiçama), situated 70km (43.5mi) south of Luanda, is Angola's most accessible and well-stocked wildlife park. This huge swathe of coastal savannah punctuated by gnarly baobab trees is home to elephants, water buffalo, indigenous palanca antelopes and a precarious population of nesting sea turtles.

  • Sights in Luanda

    Museu de Antropologia

    The Fortaleza de São Miguel guarding the entrance to the bay was constructed by the Portuguese in 1576 and is Luanda's oldest surviving building. Altered in 1664, whereupon it took its present star shape, the fort today houses the Museu Central das Forças Armadas and offers sweeping views of the city below. Other museums worth seeing are the Museu de Antropologia, with its African masks, musical instruments and indigenous hunting artefacts housed in an old colonial building, and the Museu de História Natural, which boasts two permanent exhibitions in its marine and mammal halls.

  • Sights in Luanda

    Museu Central das Forças Armadas

    The Fortaleza de São Miguel guarding the entrance to the bay was constructed by the Portuguese in 1576 and is Luanda's oldest surviving building. Altered in 1664, whereupon it took its present star shape, the fort today houses the Museu Central das Forças Armadas and offers sweeping views of the city below.

  • Sights in Luanda

    Banco Nacional de Angola

    The curvaceous sweep of the harbour-side Marginal makes an interesting stroll at any time of day. Look out for the striking domed pink façade of the Banco Nacional de Angola designed by architect Vasco Regaleira and inaugurated in 1956.

  • Sights in Luanda

    Palácio de Ferro

    Architectural buffs will also want to check the Palácio de Ferro, designed by Frenchman Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame) in the 1890s for the Paris Universal Exhibition. The construction was dismantled and brought to Luanda in 1902

  • Sights in Angola

    Tunda-Vala Volcanic Fissure

    Largely unaffected by the war, Lubango provides access to the beautiful beaches of Namibe. En route, watch for the Tunda-Vala volcanic fissure, where you can climb to 2600m above sea level. The view of a sheer drop to sea level is quite spectacular.

  • Sights in Luanda

    Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazaré

    Luanda has a smattering of old colonial churches hidden among the skyscrapers. A bit of careful searching will reveal the diminutive Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Nazaré, dating from 1664.

  • Sights in Luanda

    Museu de História Natural

    The Museu de História Natural boasts two permanent exhibitions in its marine and mammal halls.