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Malanje

Malanje

MalanjeProvinceis an Angolan treasure for being home to some of the country’s famous attractions.

In the city of Malanje, the province’s capital, you’ll see the Calandula Waterfalls. These captivating waters drop from a height of 105 meters (344 feet), releasing powerful sprays as they reach their destination.

Also found in the province are the Black Rocks of Pungo Andongo (Pedras Negras de Pungo Andongo), a collection of large rocks, some of which are strangely shaped as animals. This interesting site is located 116 kilometers (72 miles) from the city ofMalanje.

The Cangandala National Park is another must-see destination in the province. With a size of only 600 square kilometers (232 square miles), the park is the smallest in the country; but it makes a verdant home for the giant sable antelope, locally known as the Palanca Negra Gigante. This rare subspecies of the sable antelope is endemic to Angola and is the national symbol of the country.

Lubango

Lubango

Capital ofHuílaProvince, Lubango is set against a mountainous landscape. This, along with its cold climate and numerous attractions, makes the thriving city a tourist destination.

Towering over the city is Christ the King, the white marble statue of Jesus Christ. The statue, which is locally known as Cristo Rei, stands on a hill and provides a pleasant view of the city.

There are only four Christ the King statues in the world, so it’s worthwhile to visit the Cristo Rei while in the country. The Angolan statue was built in 1945 to 1950 together with the statues in Lisbon, Portugal, and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The more recent one, built only in 2010, is inSwiebodzin,Poland.

If you want to be even more mesmerized by the natural features of Angola, climb 2,600 meters (8,530 feet) above sea level to reach the Tundavala Fissure. Nestled between Lubango and Namibe, the volcanic fissure offers a striking view of the plain below.

Indulge yourself in more adventure by taking the Leba Mountain Pass, a rail-less road snaking from Lubango to Namibe. Perched at 1,845 meters (6,053 feet) above sea level, the zigzag road offers sights of waterfalls, rock formations, and the surroundings as it brings you to your destination.

Lubango is every bit a tourist-friendly destination, especially with its range of cafés, restaurants, and accommodations.

Huambo

Huambo

Huambo, the capital city of HuamboProvince, was one of the most promising cities during the Portuguese occupation. In fact, it almost became the colonial capital, as suggested by its former colonial name, Nova Lisboa (New Lisbon). However, it didn’t fully develop during the long years of civil war, when it became a battlefield.

The city began its rebuilding efforts after the war, turning itself again into a peaceful and interesting tourist destination. And thanks to its green surroundings and pleasant climate, the city sets the stage for a pleasant sightseeing adventure.

Framing the city are mountains, while parks and gardens highlight the lushness of Huambo even more. The most notable of the parks is the Parque Almirante Americo Tomas, which is set in the city center and has a natural reserve and a children’s park.

Completing the beauty of the city are the colonial buildings, which provide a glimpse into Huambo’s history, and the rivers that are perfect for fishing.

Cameia National Park

Cameia National Park

Cameia National Park, located in Moxico Province, is slowly reestablishing itself after the widespread poaching and the exodus of wildlife resulting from the civil war.

The animals that migrated to neighboring countries have started going back to the national park. These animals, which join the existing birdlife, hopefully will make the place vibrant once again.

And it’s not impossible. Since Cameia National Park has a lush environment – proof of this are the park’s woodlands and the lakes fringing the area – it can very well support the returning animal species.

Improvements in the park are also underway to make the place even more inviting to guests.

 Miradouro da Lua

miradouro da lua angola

About 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Luanda City is the strange yet engaging Miradouro da Lua, or Moon Valley Viewpoint. This landscape is aptly named because of its moonlike surface.

Miradouro da Lua, characterized by pinnacles and ridges that were formed by erosion, stretches far and wide, displaying a scene that delights and, at the same time, confounds the eyes.

The landscape is especially captivating at dusk. As the sun begins to sink below the horizon, the features of the odd landscape become even more vivid.

Miradouro da Lua is one of the most prominent attractions inAngola, and it beckons to be included in an Angolan itinerary.

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