Africa’s most untouched tribes and virgin ecosystems

Why Angola?

Situated in Central Africa, west of Zambia and north of Namibia, Angola is slowly realizing its potential as a tourist hotspot, after decades of civil war following independence from Portugal in 1975.

Africa’s most untouched tribes, virgin ecosystems, unique cultural heritage, a stunning coastline strung with beautiful sandy beaches, and a mountainous interior that gives way to deep gorges and tumbling waterfalls, Angola offers a wide array of opportunities for tourism to its visitors. Cultural diversity and natural beauty aside, the country also boasts a rich gastronomy (fusion between African, Portuguese and Brazilian cuisines) with delicious culinary specialties and a people that are known for their hospitality and friendliness.

As Angola is opening up to the rest of the world, more and more people are taking advantage of the wonderful landscapes and unique tribal groups. To get the most out of your t Read More

Mumuila 

Also known as Muila or Mwila.

Population & Ecosystem
100.000 Mumuila live in Huila Plateau. Last Places team of ethnographers has divided the Mumuila tribe in Plain Mumuila (East of Chibia town) and Mountain Mumuila (West of Chibia town). They speak the same Nyaneka language with slight dialect differences but women dress differently with Plain Mumuila more richly decorated (hair and necks).

Economy & Society
Subsistence agriculture (mostly maize) and livestock keeping (cattle, goats and fowl). They gather in daily markets (except Sundays and Mondays) to sell and buy agriculture, artisan, and manufactured products. Some few Mumuila women still produce fine pottery to sell in markets.
Mumuila have a tribal chief who serves as the head of the tribe followed by a headman. Serving under the headman are the elders. Conflicts are resolved by the elders an Read More

Old forts of Angola

Portuguese explorers reached the coast of what today is Angola in 1482. By mid-16th Century the Angolan northern coast and riverbanks where splashed with several military fortress and Baroque style churches. Some of this colonial heritage has been destroyed during the Civil War (1975-2002) but many are still standing. Some interesting examples to visit are:

Cathedral of the Holy Saviour of Congo, located in the city of M´banza Kongo (North Angola) and today in ruins. Built at the end of the 15th century in the capital of the Kingdom of the Congo, it was the first Catholic cathedrals in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a UNESCO site since 2017.

The Fortress of Muxima, built of stone and mortar in 1599, is situated in the  Read More
Miradouro da Lua
Miraduoro da Lua or Moon Viewpoint is one of the greatest sightseeing places in Angola. It is located south (one hour drive) from Luanda. Miraduoro da Lua boasts of breath-taking landscape which consists of rock formations created over thousands of years by rain and wind erosion. Thus, Miraduoro da Lua reminds of the surface of the moon.

Kissama National Park
With 12.000 km² Kissama or Quiçama National Park is Angola's most accessible (1h drive south of Luanda) and well-stocked wildlife park. This huge swathe of coastal savannah punctuated by gnarly baobab trees is home to elephants, zebras, giraffes, ostriches, and wildebeests imported from game reserves in South Africa and Botswana. Kissama National Park remains at the forefront of Angola's wildlife regeneration efforts despite of years of poaching and neglect during the civil war.

Kalandula Falls Read More
TRAVEL INFORMATION

Angola Visa
A valid passport and a visa are required for travel to Angola. Applications for visas can be made online (pre-visa) or in advance in the travelers’ home country. Last Places assists all travelers that need any type of help applying for the online visa or at the embassy. We recommend that passports be valid for six months from date of arrival.

Vaccines and Travel Health
A valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is essential for entry to Angola. Malaria is prevalent in the country. It is wise to take Malaria prophylaxis when travelling through Angola. Water supply is unsafe to drink, visitors should drink bottle water. Visitors should also avoid eating unpeeled, unwashed fruit and vegetables. The milk in Angola is unpasteurized and should be boiled; alternatively use tinned m Read More

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