Key Country Facts
Home of the previously thought to be extinct giant sable antelope, a very rare species naturally found only in Angola.
Tundavala rock formations, Kalandula Falls, Christ the Redeemer statue in Lubango
Top exports: crude petroleum, diamonds, coal tar oil, refined petroleum, and petroleum gas.
The capital of Angola is Luanda and the country’s population is about 25.02 million (2015). Take note that Angola’s capital, Luanda, has been in recent years one of the most expensive cities in the world due to Angola’s rich oil and mineral resources that have in turn driven up prices of goods in more expat-dominated areas of the city. Angola is a primarily Christian country, with a mix of Roman Catholic and Protestants. The rest of the population holds more traditional beliefs. The official language is Portuguese due to Portugal’s influence over the country until its independence in 1975. Many people speak English or French as well. The time zone is 5 hours ahead of EST.
Travelers visiting Angola should take advantage of the absolutely breathtaking nature. The Tundavala rock formations has incredible views of the country from up high, with lush rolling hills and long rock canyons. Those who come here should take care to keep their trash and other litter pocketed away somewhere in their backpacks, as this helps keep the area pristine. Also incredible are Kalandula Falls, where rainbows can actually be found reflecting off of the water when visiting under the right weather circumstances. The view is amazing!
Many travelers are familiar with the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but there is another similar statue in Lubango as well, which is close to the more recently built Lubango sign that resembles the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. Also interesting to see – though difficult to get there – are the shipwrecks near Luanda on the coast, where old ships can be seen nestled between sand and sea.
A unique fact is that Angola is the home of the previously thought to be extinct giant sable antelope, a very rare species naturally found only in Angola.