Africa's fastest growing country is slowly becoming a tempting travel destination. Fresh off a 2002 cease-fire, the ensuing peace and stability has turned Angola from a nation spiraling into violence to a burgeoning destination for adventure seekers and the culturally curious.
Although Angola is still mopping up the problems of its past and remains a somewhat dangerous destination due to unexploded landmines, cholera and malaria, traveling to Angola is certainly possible and the future is looking very bright.
What to do
Angola's capital Luanda is packed with attractions and you just might learn something about Angola along the way. The Museum of Armed Forces, the National Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Slavery, all in Luanda, offer the Angolan perspective on all three subjects.
Elsewhere, the Kalendula waterfall plummets 344 feet down in a series of dramatic plunges that make it the second tallest waterfall in Africa.
Flights to Angola are often routed through airports in South Africa, Namibia and both Republics of the Congo. Because of thick jungles and deteriorating roads, routes through other countries into Angola are often overgrown or the roads ruined.
Where to stay
Angola has invested in its tourism industry and hotels are cropping up all around the country. There are hotels of the four and five star variety in Luanda and less expensive accommodation can be found in the hostels and guest houses in other parts of the country.