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by WCC on March 16, 2012

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Angola is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Namibia to the south, Zambia to the east and the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north. The country is rich in natural resources: it has large reserves of oil and diamonds, hydroelectric potential, and fertile farmland. Nevertheless, Angola is a very poor country, after having ravaged by a bloody civil war of 1975 to 2002.

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The people of Angola are stoics. They have a deep understanding of the patient, and avoid blaming the difficulties the country faces the fact that it was war. In fact, the Angolans are behaving as if there were no war, but it is ingrained in all Angolans. Music is the heart and soul of all Angolans, it can be heard anywhere and use anything as an excuse to party. The country has a wide range of music, especially Kuduro, Kizomba, Semba and Tarrachinha, the latter being more sensual than any other. In all, it’s safe to say that the Angolans are fun and loving people with a thirst for more of what life has to offer.

Angola was a Portuguese overseas territory from the 16th Century until 1975. After Angola’s independence the scene of an intense civil war of 1975 was to 2002. The country is the second largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa, but the survival rate and infant mortality and life expectancy are both among the worst in the world. In August 2006 a peace treaty was signed with a faction of the FLEC, a separatist guerrilla group in the exclave of Cabinda in the north, which is still active. About 65% of Angola’s oil comes from this region.

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Like the rest of tropical Africa, Angola experienced significantly, alternating rainy and dry seasons. The coastal strip is tempered by the cold Benguela current, which is similar to a climate of the coastal Peru or Baja California. It is semi-arid in the south and along coast to Luanda. There is a short rainy season which lasts from February to April. The summers are hot and dry, winters are mild. The northern part has a cool, dry season (May to October) and hot rainy season (November-April). Inside, more than 3300 m (1006 m), the decrease in temperature and precipitation. The interior highlands have a mild climate with a rainy season from November to April from a cool, dry season from May to October.

The highest rainfall occurs in April and is accompanied by violent storms. The far north and Cabinda enjoy rain throughout most of the year.

The official currency of the Angolan Kwanza (AOA) is. In April 2011, 1 USD = 93.0 AOA, 1 € = 135.4 AOA and 1 GBP = 153.6 AOA. It is prohibited to import, or export a total of Kwanza, and try to do so results in loss of money and lead to penalties collected.

Just south of Luanda, the market offers the best prices for Benfica Craft crafts and souvenirs. This is an open market where local artists and artisans exhibit their products and bargaining is not only acceptable but recommended. The products range from sculptures and paintings, jewelry, batiks and accessories.

In Luanda: Mussulo island to tropical beaches and water to clean the Benfica market Kwanza River.

Eco Tur Angola does not measure the number of Angola, including visits by special vehicles Kissama observation games.

In Benguela: Baia Azul for beautiful secluded beaches. Art Deco in architecutre Beguela. Lobito city Penisnula Restinga and ice cold draft beer Cuca, the Benguela railway line and the fantastic landscape!

In Kwanza Sul – Cubal Canyon Hot Springs and Conde Cachoeiras / Binga Cascades, with the dam on the river Kwanza Cambambe. Waku Kungo levels has a fantastic setting!

In Malange – Kalandula Waterfalls and Pungo n’Dongo Black Stones.

In Huila – Serra de Leba, Tunbda Vala Gorge Mumuila tribes people, fantastic scenery

In Namibe – Arco lagoon, beach and desert, and the tribes Mucubais people.

In Huambo – City Tours, Alto Hama hot springs and stunning scenery.

In Cunene – Himba tribes peOople, Ruacana Falls, and the fantastic scenery.

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