In a world where no place seems undiscovered, Angola is just beginning to reveal its rich identity. Years of civil war closed the southwestern African country to travelers, but since fighting ended in 2002, Angola’s hidden beauty has steadily emerged. Cities and infrastructure still show battle scars, but prolonged peace has brought the pleasant population out of its shell and they openly share the country’s cultural charms—art, food, and especially music. Adventurers find both virgin wilderness and vibrant cities where past, present and future blend into a surprising array of gourmet dining, high-end shopping and thought-provoking sights, giving the exciting sense of a country on the verge.
- Luxury goods The capital city Luanda is often referred to as the world’s most expensive city. Sleek new shopping malls and designer stores keep popping up, causing luxury car traffic jams.
- Life on the Edge Massive cliff falls at Quedas de Cihumbue and the seaside mountains at Praia da Caotinha are just some of the natural wonders that keep human size in perspective. The country is marked with huge, unspoiled mountains, pinnacles and valleys.
- Culinary Crossroads Native cuisine and European influences converge in delicious, spicy stews and artistic fine dining.
- Peel back the Historical Layers From the descendants of ancient tribes to 16th-century European forts, to the Mausoleum of Agostinho Neto monument honoring the 20th-century struggle for independence, Angola’s history is ever present.