The Country

Angola is located in the South-Western African region, with the following geographic data:

Latitude – North – 04°22'G / Sul - 18°02'G.
Longitude – East – 24°05'E.G / Oeste – 11°41'E.G
Surface: 1.246.700 km2
Extent of the Atlantic Shoreline: 1.650 Km
Land Borders: 4.837 Km

Bordering countries to the North: Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bordering Countries to the East: Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Zambia.
Bordering Countries to the South: Republic of Namibia.
Borders to the West: Atlantic Ocean.

Angola has 18 provinces:

Province

Extension

Capital

Bengo
Benguela
Bié
Cabinda
Kuando-Kubango
Kwanza-Norte
Kwanza-Sul
Cunene
Huambo
Huíla
Luanda
Lunda-Norte
Lunda-Sul
Malanje
Moxico
Namibe
Uíge
Zaire

33.016
39.826
70.314
7.270
199.049
24.110
55.600
87.342
34.270
79.022
2.417
103.000
77.367
97.602
223.023
57.091
58.698
40.130

Caxito
Benguela
Kuito
Cabinda
Menongue
N'dalatando
Sumbe
Ondjiva
Huambo
Lubango
Luanda
Dundo
Saurimo
Malanje
Luena
Namibe
Uíge
M'BanzaCongo

 

Approximately 65% of the territory is located in an altitude between 1000 and 1600 metres.

The official currency is the Kwanza. The Official Language is Portuguese, besides the various national languages (dialects), being the following the most spoken ones: Kikongo, Kimbundo, Tchokwe, Umbundo, Mbunda, Kwanyama, Nhaneca, Fiote, Nganguela, etc.

 

Climate

The Angolan climate has two seasons: the Rainy Season, the hottest period that occurs from September to May, and the Dry Season (Cacimbo), which is less hotter and corresponds to the period between May to September.

The country has the distinct geographical position of being in the inter-tropical and sub-tropical zones of the Southern hemisphere, near the sea, and the specific features of its topography divide it into two distinct climatic regions:

  • The Coastal Region, with an average annual relative humidity of 30% and an average temperature above 23°C;
  • The Interior Region, subdivided into the Northern Area, with high rainfall and high temperatures, the Altitude Area that encompasses the central plateau regions with a Dry season with lower temperatures, and the Southwest Area, a semi-arid region due to its proximity to the Namib Desert, an extension of the Kalahari Desert, which is subject to large tropical continental air masses.

The Average Temperatures in the country correspond to a high of 27°C and a low of 17°C.

To this climatic diversity corresponds a potential for tourism represented by a rich natural heritage in the diverse flora and fauna, thus making possible the enjoyment of all kinds of leisure activities, hobbies and adventures.

 

Flora

Angola has five types of natural areas, the humid and dense forests such as the Maiombe Forest, which contains the rarest woods in the world, the Savannahs, usually associated with forests as is the case in the Lundas, and the Dry Savannahs with trees or bushes, in Luanda, lower Kassanje and certain areas of the Lundas.

There are also Steppe Areas along a strip of land which begins south of Sumbe and, finally, the Desert Area that occupies a narrow coastal strip in the extreme south of the country, where we can find the "Welwitchia Mirabilis" in the Namib Desert, an endemic and unique species in the world which is so characteristic of this country.

 

Fauna

Numerous species are spread throughout the various regions of Angola. The Maiombe Forest is inhabited by gorillas, chimpanzees and parrots, In the more humid natural zones of the north, centre and east, we find Golungo antelopes, Giant Sable antelopes (an endemic species threatened by extinction), pygmy antelopes and elephants. In the drier regions we can find springboks, gemsboks or Oryx gazelles, wildebeest, impalas, cheetahs, buffalo, as well as elephants, zebras and giraffes. Animals that are more or less common throughout the entire territory are hyenas, roan antelopes, lions, leopards and hippos.

As for marine fauna, there is an enormous variety of fish and shellfish, which are also found in the rivers, where crocodiles and alligators can also be seen.

 

Major Rivers

Angola's main river is the Cuanza, which gives its name to the national currency, and is 1000 km long, of which only 240 km are navigable. Next, there is the Cubango River which is 975 km long, the Cunene which is 800 km long and completing the list of the country’s four major rivers, the Zaire that has 150 km of navigable waters.

The Angolan rivers offer opportunities for setting up businesses for tourism or a mixture of business-tourism, as well as ecotourism in the country.

 

Mineral Resources

Angola is a country potentially rich in mineral resources. It is estimated that its subsoil contains 35 of the 45 most important minerals in world trade, including oil, natural gas, diamonds, phosphates, bitumen, iron, copper, magnesium, gold and precious stones, etc.

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Government of Angola http://www.governo.gov.ao/
Newspaper of Angola http://jornaldeangola.sapo.ao
Public Television of Angola www.tpa.sapo.ao
National Radio of Angola www.rna.ao

Official Address

Official Address of the Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Guinea-Bissau

Av. Francisco Mendes 13, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Tel: (+245) 320 73 76/7
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Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday - Closed

 

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