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About Luanda

Luanda is the capital city of Angola. Luanda budget travel offers a great destination with a range of attractions and highlights.

Airports

Luanda airports are:
•Quatro de Fevereiro International - Luanda Airport

Birdlife

Luanda birdlife is not as rich as other parts of the country, however there are fairly large numbers of species such as Red-crested Turaco, Fernando Po Swift and Little Swifts to be seen, and the nearby Quicama National Park has an abundance of Angolan endemic and migratory species.

Conservation

As a large city with a high population rate, Luanda conservation is the center of conservation efforts in Angola. Major environmental concerns including water pollution, over-grazing, land abuse, deforestation and poaching.

Malaria

Luanda malaria medication includes the following:
•mefloquine (Lariam)
•Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)
•Doxycycline

Money

Luanda money and banking info includes:
•Angola's currency is the New Kwanza
•US Dollars are accepted almost everywhere in the country
•There are a few ATMs in the city, however most do not accept foreign bank cards
•The only places which accept credit cards are major hotels
•It is illegal to destroy Angola currency or take it out of the country

Plants

Luanda plant life is fairly sparse due to the increasing urbanization, however the vegetation surrounding the city, and the beautiful Quicama National Park nearby has typical Angola woodlands and dense vegetation.

Safety Tips


•Arrive and travel during the day wherever possible
•Do not use cameras in front of the police
•Never venture beyond the red and white HALO Trust posts - these indicate landmine areas
•Carry a satellite phone in case of emergencies
•Keep cars locked at all times when driving

Travel Books

Luanda recommended travel books include the following:
•Bay of Tigers: An Odyssey through War-torn Angola by Pedro Rosa Mendes and Clifford Landers
•Exploring Angola: A Young Person's Guide to African Civilization by Linda C. Goss
•A Certain Curve of Horn: The Hundred-Year Quest for the Giant Sable Antelope of Angola by John Frederick Walker
•The Birds of Angola: An Annotated Checklist by W.R.J. Dean
•Angola Bradt Travel Guide by Mike Stead and Sean Rorison

Wildlife

Luanda wildlife is limited to reserves like the nearby Quicama National Park, which is situated about 70km from the city. Game here includes elephants, dwarf forest buffaloes, rhinos, elands, roan antelopes, bushbacks, waterbucks, marine turtles, manatees and tarpins.

 

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