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Angola

 

Angola located on the Atlantic coast of south-western Africa. The country is quite large and may be approximately two times the size of Texas. Its neighbours include Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Namibia. The country’s capital city is Luanda and recent estimates put its population in the range of 16 million. The country’s economy is mainly driven by oil produced in the Northern Province of Cabinda.

Climate

Angola’s climate is much more tropical in the North than in the arid south. The northern rainy season runs from November to April while the south experiences scattered rains bi annually between March to July and October to November. It’s best to visit outside of the rainy seasons; in the North between May to October and South between July and September. The terrain is characterised by rain forests in the North and dry savannah in the South.

Angolan wildlife and landscape

The country is home to the Giant Sable antelope thought to be extinct prior to rediscovery a few years ago. The country has a lot to offer in relation to beauty of its landscape as is evident in the remarkable Ruacana falls.

Angolan people and language

Most of its inhabitants live on the narrow coastal plain that rises into an elevated plateau in the interior. The country’s official language is Portuguese but a number of Bantu and ethnic languages also exist.

Other Facts and Angolia

The capital Luanda is bustling but fairly expensive and has a very excellent nightlife. It is situated on the coast close to the beaches. The Angolan currency is known as the Kwanza. The country’s main industrial products include petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, gold, phosphates, uranium, feldspar and bauxite. The economy is also complemented by agricultural products such as sugarcane, coffee, sisal, livestock, timber and fish. Angola’s economy is growing fast due to proper management of oil resources after civil strife that persisted from 1975 to 2002.

 

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