Angola - Profile
- A previous Portuguese colony, The Republic of Angola has been an independent nation since 1975. Since then it has been riven by civil wars although these officially ceased in 2001.
- It is situated on the west coast of Africa, between Namibia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean.
- The country’s principal port is Luanda
- Portuguese is the official language of the country.
- Although rich in oil and mineral reserves, its population one of the poorest in the world.
- There are no yachting facilities and a stop here should only be considered in a real emergency.
Travel to areas outside Luanda should only be undertaken in the company of persons or organisations experienced in local conditions, as travel can be difficult and dangerous.
There is a high level of crime in Luanda and avoid walking around the city. 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. Do not travel at night. Also avoid crowded places such as markets.
The average temperature on the coast is 16 °C in the winter and 21 °C in the summer. It has two seasons; dry season (May to October) and hot rainy season (November to April).
For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.
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