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Angola

Angolan destinations may be considered diamonds in the rough because most beautiful sceneries are surrounded by obvious remnants of the desolation caused by civil war. It is not to say that Angola still echoes its dark past because the country has done a great job of elevating itself from its once despondent history. At present, Angola is continuously refining and rehabilitating its image in the tourism industry and economy, being Africa’s second-largest oil-producing sub-Saharan country.

Top Destinations in Angola

Visiting Angola was difficult before due to the known struggle in getting a visa. But it was worth it because of the friendly and hospitable citizens. It wasn’t until recently that Angola opened its doors to more countries for travel. Fifty-nine countries were given the green light to apply for a pre-visa online in 2018. You may as well get an International Driver’s License or an International Driving Permit for Angola online, too, so you can drive to Africa’s hidden gem that was once a war zone.

If you’re coming from any region of the African continent, bring your International Driving Permit for Angola. It’s essential whether you’re driving from the mainland to the Mussulo Peninsula or the exclave of Cabinda province. You can apply by checking out the International Drivers Association’s website and get a digital copy of your International Driving License for Angola in 20 minutes. You can track your physical copy of the International Driving Permit after receiving an update on the shipping confirmation so you can travel to Angola without any hassle.

Luanda

Luanda has a lot of great things to offer as Angola’s capital. The reinvention of the city from a war zone to a thriving economic and historical center makes it the perfect place to accommodate tourists who want to experience the whole country’s potential in the tourism industry. Despite the relatively recent release from war, the city is striving for change. Most Luandans speak little English, so it is best to have an international driver’s license in Angola for traffic authorities who carry out identity checks around the country.

What makes it famous and what activities can you do there?

Driving through Luanda with your International Driving Permit in Angola will allow you to discover local shopping districts. Luxurious shopping malls, frugal local markets, delightful fine dining to delectable street foods, a whole lot of history to brush up on, and natural environments to frolic around in best captures Luanda’s richness. Monuments, museums, and bay walks would surely capture your heart as you probe the city for its splendor.

What are the popular places to visit here?

You can opt to stay in Luanda at a modern luxury hotel or stay at a trendy beachside hotel with a stylish roof bar and restaurant. Whichever your choice may be, some of the popular neighborhoods in Luanda, like the area of Baixa de Luanda, Cidade Alta, or the small peninsula of Ilha do Cabo, offer different vibes for people of different tastes both for food and lifestyle. The food district and luxury getaway areas in Luanda are best traveled by car so remember to bring your domestic driver's license and International Driving Permit for Angola, so you can drive vehicles.

After picking a neighborhood to stay in, you can pick out itineraries from the list below of the best places to visit in the capital, or better yet, explore them all! You can use your international driver’s license for Angola as an ID for identification checks for entering some of these establishments.

When is the best time to go there?

You may want to visit Luanda between May and October, when the temperature is cooler and drier on an average of about 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Hotel and accommodation prices are not fixed and may vary with the season. Staying for one night at a three-star hotel in February would probably cost you around $109 on average.

  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museu da Moeda
  • Museu Nacional da Escravatura
  • Museu Nacional de Antropologia
  • Fortaleza de São Miguel
  • The Museum of the Armed Forces
  • National Museum of Slavery and Capela da Casa Grande
  • Quiçama (or Kissama) National Park
  • Sangano Beach
  • The Marginal or Avenida

Lubango

Lubango is a city in southwestern Angola, about 160 kilometers east of Namibe, which you can reach by rail. Established in 1885, the city started as a settlement for colonists in the Huila Plateau valley. It was once central to the Portuguese settlement in southern Angola, with all the foreign style of architecture evident in most structures. Portuguese influence reflects on Lubango’s customs and language, so you can’t rely on English here. Having an International Driving Permit in Angola helps you translate your license into English or other languages.

What makes it famous and what activities can you do there?

The most iconic destination found just 18 km to the southeast of Lubango city is the Tundavala Gap. Get your rental car and international driver’s license in Angola ready to visit this natural and geological highlight found within the mountainous region. If you’re looking to camp out, several locations for lodging or camping are within 10 km away from this location. To explore this nature-surrounded district of Lubango, it’s best to drive on your own with your International Driving Permit in Angola and domestic driver's license, or you can join a guided tour.

What are the popular places to visit here?

Lubango offers various magnificent tourist spots that you shouldn’t miss during your trip to Angola. Here are the top places to go to if you plan to visit Lubango.

To explore all these places, drive a rental car and bring your International Driving Permit in Angola with you at all times. You can easily apply for an International Driving Permit for Angola online via the International Drivers Association’s website and get it within twenty minutes. The International Drivers Association transacts virtually, so better to apply for your International Driving Permit for Angola here so you won’t have to go through the hassle of visiting a physical branch to claim it yourself.

When is the best time to go there?

It is best to visit Lubango for ideal weather between mid-June to September based on their average temperature and humidity. The warmest months to visit is in March, April, and December. Between May to July is the time with the lowest chance of rain. Economically speaking, January would be the best time to visit, and October being the worst since the hotel and flight prices are high during this time. Remember to bring your international driving permit in Angola to drive anywhere, whichever season you choose to visit.

  • Tundavala
  • Christ the King Statue
  • Parque da Nossa Senhora do Monte
  • Serra da Leba
  • Cathedral of St. Joseph of Lubango
  • Xyami Shopping Mall
  • National Museum of Slavery and Capela da Casa Grande
  • Quiçama (or Kissama) National Park

Huambo

The city is located in the western-central part of Angola, lying south of the Cuanza River on the Bié Plateau. In 1928, the city’s name was changed to Nova Lisboa or New Lisbon and restored to its original name after Angola declared its independence in 1975. It became the headquarters of a guerrilla movement called UNITA or the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola during the civil war.

What makes it famous and what activities can you do there?

During the construction of the Benguela Railway, Portuguese settlers who were working on it established this city in 1912 and was the heart of Portuguese efforts to boost Angola’s economic potential. Its strategic location has made it into a transportation center rooted in the mining industry with a large rail-repair shop in Africa before the civil war.

Today, it is a large province with about 116 identified tourist spots in 11 municipalities, with a population of around 1.7 million people. Forest reserves offer activities such as rappelling, canyoning, paragliding, and canoeing. You can explore its herbarium with 40,000 plant collections or take part in the Plant-A-Million-Trees Project if you’re a gardening enthusiast.

What are the popular places to visit here?

Tourism has yet to be established for visitors to really enjoy all there is to experience in Huambo, but its tourism development plan has been in motion since 2011. Tour around Huambo by driving your car or a rental along with your domestic driver's license and your International Driver's Permit for Angola if you want a refreshing break after this quarantine. Tourists should apply for their International Driving Permits for Angola online. Driving permits are delivered after you provide your details like your contact number, address, city, country, and zip code.

When is the best time to go there?

The climate in Huambo is characteristic of tropical Angola. Fall is when a lot of activities can be done; therefore, it is the busiest and most expensive season to visit. Hotels and flights are most expensive in April, June, and October, but planning and booking ahead of time may save you money and time. Warm but rainy weather and slow tourist influx may be enjoyed in summer.

  • The highest mountain in Angola, Monte Moco, and hills and natural stone formations listed below are great places for hiking, abseiling or rappelling, paragliding, canoeing, and bird watching.
  • German stoneGanda-Kawe stones Kambundu stone Caça-Yombua stoneCaminhamba stoneBanguela hillSanto António hill
  • Some rivers, including Keve, Cunene, Caalai, Cunhangâmua, Capanda, Anhara, and Cinquenta, are great spots for sport fishing while the Mupas do Cuiva waterfalls suits kayaking activities very well.
  • Se Catedral do Huambo
  • Nossa Senhora do Monte
  • Ilhas dos Amores complex
  • Forest Reserve of Kavongue
  • Morro Lubiri
  • Mupas do Cuiva
  • Mount Nganda
  • Centro de Estudos Florais and
  • Centro de Estudos de Sacaála
  • Paços do Concelho
  • Municipal Anthropological Museum
  • Regional Museum of Huambo
  • Ruins of Embala Grande
  • Tomb of King Ekuikui
  • Garden of Culture

Benguela

The province is located on the central coast bordered by Kwanza Sul, Huambo, Huíla, and Namibe. The population of 715,000 is mostly from the Ovimbundu and Nganguela ethnic groups, with Umbundu as the most spoken language. Local industries include exporting agricultural products, sugar milling, fishing and fish processing, manufacture of soap, tools, pottery, and livestock raising.

What makes it famous and what activities can you do there?

The Benguela Railway is the most extensive railway line which connects to one of the best natural deepwater ports on the African coast. Leaving from Benguela, the railway line crosses the whole country to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The province is known for its beaches and a few forest or park reserves home to rich biodiversity. Visiting monuments and chapels are also enjoyable for colonial architecture.

What are the popular places to visit here?

Benguela offers a variety of tourist destinations for its tourists, including beautiful beaches, fascinating museums and churches, and also forest reserves. Here are some of the famous places you can visit in Benguela:

To get around Benguela and visit the forest reserve zone, you need to have your international driver’s permit in Angola. You can apply for an international driver’s permit in Angola and have it delivered to you if you do not want the hassle of visiting a branch to claim your physical copy. You need to go to the IDA website and fill out the form with your name, contact number, address, city or state, country, and zip code. Once you complete the form, your application for an international driver’s license or permit in Angola will be processed in less than two hours.

When is the best time to go there?

Since beach activities are usually why the city is flocked with tourists, the best season to visit Benguela is during summer. February and April are the months when there is most sunshine while the sea is at an ideal temperature of 25.8°C or 78.4°F for swimming in May with only about 3mm of rainfall accumulated.

  • Praia da Caota
  • Praia da Caotinha
  • Baía Azul beach
  • Praia Morena
  • Chimalavera Regional Park
  • Búfalo Reserve
  • Cubal and Catumbela Forest Reserve
  • Chongoroi Forest Reserve
  • Chapel of Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes
  • Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Graça
  • Government Palace
  • Nossa Senhora da Arrábida Church
  • Lobito Ethnography Museum
  • Quilve Lighthouse
  • S. Pedro da Catumbela Lighthouse
  • Termas da Jomba
  • Bela Vista Platform

Cabinda

The city of Cabinda is a northern exclave of Angola within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo, situated north of the Congo River estuary with its coastline extending 90 kilometers along the western Atlantic. It has very distinct cultural traditions and is a vibrant and hypothetically self-sustaining city that seeks independence from Angola.

What makes it famous and what activities can you do there?

Crude oil being its dominant export, Cabinda’s offshore oil discoveries are responsible for Angola’s dominance in the African oil industry owing 60 percent of its products to the province. You can access it by plane to the provincial airport having the second largest runway in the country. Beaches, natural reserves, and historical landmarks to enjoy are abundant in the area.

What are the popular places to visit here?

Like most cities in Angola, Cabinda also caters to different kinds of tourists with a wide range of choices for tourist attractions. Below are some of the popular tourist attractions you can check out:

If you’re coming from the main territory, bring your International Driving Permit in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo since the driving route to Cabinda province will cross the border to the DRC before reaching the province. What you need to do is go to the IDA website, provide your name, contact number, address, city or state, country, and zip code then finish the whole form to process your application for an International Driver’s License or Permit in Angola. Always bring your local valid driver's license with you.

When is the best time to go there?

The temperature in the Cabinda Province is hot during the wet season, while the dry season is characterized by warm and partly cloudy weather. The best time to visit Cabinda if you want to enjoy the beach and do hot-weather activities is from May to October.

  • Kakongo Forest Reserve
  • Luali River
  • Inhuca River
  • Maiombe Forest
  • Swamp of Lândana
  • Chiloango River
  • The Lagoa de Sassa-Zau
  • Lagoons of Manenga and Tchúqisse
  • 10 de Maio Beach
  • Lândana Beach
  • Lândana Beach
  • Chinga Beach
  • Fútila Beach
  • Malembo Beach
  • Mandarim Beach
  • Cabassango Beach
  • Capelo Beach
  • M´Buco-M´Buadi Cemetery
  • Historical landmark of the Simulambuco Treaty
  • Ruins of the Old Episcopal
  • Lândana Church
  • Catholic Mission of Vila de Lândana
  • People's Palace
  • Museum of Cabinda
  • Church of Our Lady Queen of the World
  • Church from the immaculate Conceição
  • Mboca Church
  • Church of S. António

Malanje

It is a north-central town in Angola which developed into an essential open-air market district and the principal cotton-producing area within Angola before the civil war. It was partially destroyed because of the civil war, but since the peace negotiations were set, its reconstruction has also begun and is still well on its way. It is home to many waterfalls, forests, and nature areas for safaris or extreme excursions.

What makes it famous and what activities can you do there?

Bring your local valid driver's license, as well as your International Driver’s License for Angola, if you want to drive through the landscape of Malanje, which has three very distinct forms, with one region differing from the other: the Malanje Plateau, the Lower Kassanje, and the Songo or Alto Kwanza. Visiting geo-reserves and nature parks is truly remarkable for its vast inclusions of flora and fauna, focusing on the Palanca Negra Gigante, a rare type of antelope that is the symbol of Angola.

What are the popular places to visit and activities to do there?

If you’re fond of nature walks or wildlife activities, Malanje is one of the best places to visit in Angola. The city is abundant with national parks and reserves that will surely fulfill your heart’s desires.

All these beautiful places can be explored by driving, and you cannot drive in Angola without your International Driving Permit. You can apply for an International Driver’s License in Angola today and have it delivered to you if you do not want the hassle of visiting a branch to claim your physical copy. Just go to the IDA website and provide your details, including your name, contact number, address, city or state, country, and zip code, then finish the whole form to process your application for an international driver’s license or permit in Angola. Note that your IDP will only be recognized if you have your local valid driver's license with you as well.

When is the best time to go there?

If you are looking to visit nature parks and reserves, not minding to experience them with rain when plants are more vibrant and full of life, then visit and drive through the region in November with your international driver’s permit in Angola. This is also an especially great time for you to experience the base of Kalandula Falls with a higher water level than going there during the dry season when there is a shallow water level.

  • Kangandala National Park
  • Luando Nature Reserve
  • Milando Special Reserve
  • Samba-Lucala Forest Reserve
  • Lagoons of
  • Quibemba (in the municipality of Kabumdi Katembo),Dombo (in the municipality of Luquembo) and Sagia (in the municipality of Quela).
  • Historic Cemeteries
  • Baixa Kassanje Cambumdi-Catembo Cemetery ,Kizenga Cemetery and other in the municipalities of Caculama and Cacuso
  • Tombs of the Kings and the Royal family
  • Ruins of Cacumbo
  • Ruins of the Pung-Andongo Fortress
  • Ruins of the Quissol Factory
  • Black Stones of Pungo Andongo
  • Pégada do Rei Ngola Kiluanji
  • Pégadas da Rainha Njinga
  • Cantinho do Céu
  • Pedra do Velho Caturra
  • Pedra do Pomar Sagrado
  • Capanda Dam
  • Furnas do Cacolo
  • Rapids of River Kwanza
  • Kalandula Falls

Most Important Driving Rules

You cannot venture out into all the places to see in Angola with your rental car if you don't have your domestic valid driver's license and International Driver’s License. Also, you should know enough information about the country’s essential traffic rules laws, such as the speed limit and driving age in Angola. Read below to brush up on the most important road traffic rules when driving in Angola.

What do you need to remember before driving in Angola?

You must be well-rested and be wary of medications that would make you feel sleepy before driving and some that may also cause you to fail a breathalyzer test. Angolans drive on the right side of the road, which is typical for most countries. You must never pay cash on the spot to any enforcer or police officer. The minimum legal age before an individual can drive is 18 years old. The validity period of a driving license issued in Luanda to a driver who passed the driving test at 18 years old will continue up until 22 years before it expires.

Speed Limit

Never drive beyond the speed limit in Angola. The speed limit within urban areas is 60 kph, while the speed limit for rural areas is 100 kph. Vehicles without trailers are limited to the speed limit of 60 kph in built-up areas, 90 kph outside of built-up areas, 100 kph on open road car or motorcycle lanes, and 120 kph on highways. Angola does not have fixed speed cameras, but the police have mobile speed traps set up anywhere, most likely targeting rental cars rather than locals. So it is best to stick to the speed limit even if other cars around you seem to go over them.

Seat Belts and Car Restraints

It is mandatory for the driver and passengers in both the front or rear seats to use seat belts when riding a vehicle in Angola. It is best to only travel with children if there is a suitable child seat or restraint. Angolans tend to go over speed limits, and you may encounter drivers like this on the road, so it is best to keep your little ones safe.

Right of Way

You should give way to cars coming from the right in intersections and junctions. If your lane has the right of way, you should observe the needed traffic safety measures. When driving in Angola, you must give way to other drivers exiting a parking lot or gas station. The right of way must also be given to cars already in a roundabout and leaving a level crossing.

Overtaking

If you want to overtake a vehicle on the road, you must do it cautiously and try to alert the other drivers of your planned action using lights, car horns, or by hand signals or waving at them, etc. You must not overtake a vehicle at speed bumps, curves, tunnels, intersections, junctions, bridges, immediately before and at pedestrian or railway crossings, as well as when you want to overtake a car that is overtaking another.

Alcohol Influence

The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Angola is 0.06%, equal to 60mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Roadside breathalyzer tests are done, and once you fail, you will be taken to the nearest police station for a blood test. Failing a blood test will result in license suspension and a fine, at the minimum, while more severe cases can lead to legal proceedings or imprisonment.

Age Limit

The minimum legal age before an individual can be allowed to drive is 18 years old. Although if you wish to rent a car, you’d have to be at least 21 years old to do so. The validity period of a driving license issued in Luanda to a driver who passed the driving test at 18 years old will continue up until 22 years before it expires. The new license issued after the driver turns 40 will continue to be valid for ten years.

Parking

Stopping or parking in busy areas or places where visibility tends to be scant, such as roundabouts, tunnels, bridges, and underpasses, are not allowed. Parking is also prohibited within less than 10 m of level crossings, less than 5 m on either side of the filling stations, intersections, and before marked pedestrian or bicycle crossing.

Use of Gadgets

The use of a mobile phone or any gadgets while driving is prohibited in Angola. But as with most Angolan traffic rules, this is often contravened by locals as well. But, do not be tempted to imitate this behavior since tourists’ minor violations would be hot in most police officers’ eyes than violations done by locals. No rules are established against hands-free devices, so it is recommended to use that instead.

What are the documents or legal requirements for driving in Angola?

You should have an ID, passport, driver’s license, an insurance certificate, and an international driver’s license in Angola to drive there. Applying for an IDP is a lot easier and can be received faster when ordering from International Driver’s Association since they offer worldwide express shipping. You will need to provide your name, contact number, address, city or state, country, and zip code to process your application for an international driver’s license or permit in Angola.

What do you need to know regarding an International Driving Permit in Angola?

If you are interested in applying for an international driver’s license or an international driver’s permit for Angola today, you can visit the International Drivers Association website. The IDA offers an online application and express shipping worldwide. You will just need to fill out the application form providing your name, contact number, address, city or state, country, and zip code to receive an international driver’s license or permit for Angola.

After filling out the online form, passport-sized photos and a copy of your local license must be submitted to process your international driver’s license for Angola. A free replacement service is offered if you lose your license. You can report your lost international driver’s license in Angola to IDA’s customer service via their email address or contact number, which can also be found on the website. After providing your IDP details, the physical copy of your IDP will be shipped to you again within 24 hours.

More information regarding the international driver’s license in Angola can be found on the page, driver’s, so make sure to check it. Besides application for an international driver’s permit or license, the International Drivers Association website also has an update on the quarantine and border status.

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