Cheap flights from Angola

Officially the Republic of Angola, Angola is a country located in the southern region of Africa, known as the seventh largest country in the continent that is home to some 24.3 million people. Its capital, Luanda, bears about 3.5 million citizens who mainly speak Portuguese, and a variety of national languages that are considered ethnic. Although its territory has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Era, modern-day Angola is rooted on the area's Portuguese colonisation, which began mostly on coastal settlements and trading posts as established in the 16th century. By the 19th century, the colonisers slowly and hesitantly began to establish themselves in the interior, and then completely taking over by the 20th century.

Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, and its economy has on average growth at a double digit pace since the 1990s, following the end of the then prevailing civil war. In spite of this, standards of living remain low for the majority of the population, and life expectancy and infant mortality rates in Angola are among the worst in the world. And albeit being named as one of the naturally gifted countries in Africa, Angola's economy is called disparate, with the majority of the nation's wealth concentrated in a disproportionately small sector of the population.

Where to go

Parque Nacional da Kissama (Luanda) – Kissama, or sometimes spelled as Quicama, is situated south of Luanda. It is known as Angola's most accessible and well-stocked wildlife park; a huge coastal savannah filled with baobab trees and various animals, ranging from elephants, water buffaloes, and indigenous palanca antelopes. It was inaugurated as a national reserve in 1938, and was upgraded into a national park in 1957.

Kalandula Falls – the Kalandula Falls is one of the many majestic waterfalls in Africa. It is located in the Malanje Province of Angola, in the municipality of Kalandula. The curtain of water falls off the Lucala River below, from a height of 105 metres.

Palacio de Ferro – designed by Frenchman Gustave Eiffel, the Palacio de Ferro is an architectural wonder that travellers and architectural buffs would want to see. Originally, the palacio was built in the 1890s for the Paris Universal Exhibition, however, the construction was dismantled and the structure was brought to Luanda in 1902. It was previously used during the Portuguese era as an art centre.

Cathedral of the Holy Saviour – built in 1628, the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Luanda. It is set right in the middle of the city, and has been the home of the Catholic religion in the capital city of Luanda since the time of the Portuguese.

Short-haul destinations from Angola include the neighbouring countries of Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Namibia, and many others. These destinations can be reached through land travel, or even travelling by air. The Quatro de Fevereiro Airport provides flights to these destinations through the many commercial airline services that are found there.

Paris (France) – Paris is the capital and the largest city of the country of France, standing as the most populous urban area in the European Union. It was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name. Paris then is the centre stage of many historical events, and until today remains as an important centre of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts. When in Paris, visit the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace of Versailles, and the Eiffel Tower.

Dubai (United Arab Emirates) – Dubai is the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates and one of the more important financial centres in the Middle East. It is located on the south-east coast of the Persian Gulf, and is one of the seven emirates that make the UAE. It now has emerged as a global city and an important business hub of the Middle East and South Asia, becoming a major transport hub and a highly urbanised city that loves superstructures and some modern vibe. When in Dubai, visit the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah (go skydiving!), the World Islands, the Dubai Marina, and others.

How to get out

Currently, the Quatro de Fevereiro Airport stands as the main international airport of Angola. It is located in the southern part of the capital Luanda,residing at an elevation of 243 feet above mean sea level. It is being served by major and minor airlines, including Air France, Air Namibia, Arik Air, KLM, Royal Air Maroc, and many others. By 2017, the airport will be replaced by the Angola International Airport, which is also located in Luanda. The Angola International Airport will take the title as the main international airport of the country upon its completion.

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