ABOUT Tourism in Angola is based on the country's natural beauty, including its rivers, waterfalls and scenic coastline. Angola is a giant jigsaw puzzle of different climates, landscapes, cultures and colors." Angola's tourism industry is relatively new, as much of the country was destroyed during the post-colonial civil war which ended in 2002. Unlike most countries in the region, which generally give US and EU citizens a visa on arrival or require no visa at all, Angola has complicated and onerous Soviet-style visa requirements. This antiquated attitude to tourism places the country at a disadvantage in a competitive market for international tourism. Cameia National Park is a visitor attraction in Angola. It is a national park in the Moxico province of Angola, located at about 1100 m above sea level. It shares its name with the nearby municipality of Cameia. The Cameia–Luacano road forms the northern boundary of the park with the Chifumage River forming the southern portion of the eastern boundary and the Lumege and Luena rivers the south-western boundary. Much of the park consists of seasonally inundated plains that form part of the Zambezi river basin, with the northern half of the park draining into the Chifumage river. There are also extensive miombo woodlands, similar to those in the Zambezi basin of western Zambia. The park is a sample of nature not occurring elsewhere in Angola. Two lakes, Lago Cameia and Lago Dilolo (the largest lake in Angola) lie outside the park boundaries and both have extensive reedbeds and grassy swamps that are rich in aquatic birds. Angola has had a history of slavery and civil wars, but today the country enjoys a general sense of redevelopment and progress. A colony of Portugal for many years, Angola's unique culture features a mix of Portuguese and traditional African elements. While visiting Angola, spend a few days exploring the densely populated capital, Luanda, before penetrating deeper to see the country’s numerous beaches, parks, and wildlife reserves. Iona National Park, located in Namibe Province, is another popular tourist destination. It is about 200 km from the city of Namibe and, at 5850 sq. miles, the largest in the country. Before the Angolan Civil War, Iona was an "animal paradise, rich in big game". However, as is true for most Angolan national parks, illegal poaching and the destruction of infrastructure have caused considerable damage to the once rich park. The park is also known for unique flora and incredible rock formations. Mupa National Park in the southwestern Cunene province was proclaimed a National Park on 26 December 1964 while the country was still a Portuguese colony. The park is significant for its expected wide (though generally unstudied) avifauna. Many Angolans reside within the park, which, along with nomadic pastoralists and mineral prospecting threatens to destroy the park's birdlife. According to one article, "Even though the park was initially proclaimed to protect the giraffe sub-species, Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis, by 1974 none were left because the morphology of the White Giraffe leaves it particularly vulnerable to landmines left over from Angola's civil war compared to other giraffe sub-species. Other mammals which occurred, include lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyena".
CLIMATE The north of the country is hot and wet during the summer months November to April, winters are slightly cooler and mainly dry. The south is hot throughout much of the year with a slight decrease in temperature in winter May to October. Overall, the best time to visit Angola is from June to September when rainfall is low and days are warm and sunny.
BEWARE There is a high level of crime in Luanda. Muggings, particularly to steal mobile phones and other valuables and armed robberies can occur in any area at any time of the day or night. Areas popular with foreigners are particular targets. Incidents of rape have been reported in popular nightlife areas, as well as in private residences. Do not travel alone at night. Avoid walking around Luanda, especially after dark. Avoid wearing jewellery or watches in public places. Do not change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas. Avoid walking between bars and restaurants on the Ilha do Cabo. Also avoid crowded places such as markets. Theft from stationary or slow-moving cars is common in downtown Luanda. Keep valuables out of sight and do not use mobiles or laptops while in traffic. A high proportion of the civilian population is armed. When driving, be very wary if another car signals you to pull over. Thieves use the pretext of a minor traffic incident to get you out of your car either to steal it or to rob you. Take precautions with your valuables and cash. Deposit them in hotel safes where practical. Keep copies of important documents, including passports, in a separate place from the documents themselves.