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Diamond dust beaches, almost virgin wildlife parks and Africa's second largest waterfall; Angola holds a lure that few other places can match. And with a landmark 2002 ceasefire ushering in a new era of peace and economic stability, opportunities for exploration are slowly opening up.

Capital: Luanda

Language: Portuguese

Currency: Kwanza (AOA)


Angola's tropical plateau climate means it gets pretty damp between October and March, especially higher up inland. At this altitude, the months stay comfortably temperate, usually around 25 to 28°C (77-82°F). Lower and coastal regions are slightly warmer in the summer, with average temperatures a low 20-24°C (68-75°F) in winter; however, fresh coastal breezes can sometimes keep the mercury down. Angola's average temperature on the coast is 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 °C) in the winter and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 °C) in the summer.


Angola is a country in south-central Africa bordering Namibia to the south, Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, and Zambia to the east, and with a west coast along the Atlantic Ocean. The exclave province Cabinda has a border with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Angola is bordered by Namibia to the south, Zambia to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north-east, and the South Atlantic Ocean to the west. The exclave of Cabinda also borders the Republic of the Congo to the north. Angola's capital, Luanda, lies on the Atlantic coast in the north-west of the country.