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Travel Guide: Angola Getting Around

12th Oct 2011 1:55am | By Editor

Your best bet is to fly in. Driving there can be dangerous.

Getting There

Fly

The most convenient entry into Angola would be through the 4th of February Airport in Luanda, which is open to flights from London (British Airways) the United States, South Africa (SAA), Namibia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, Paris (Air France), Lisbon (Air Portugal), Brussels (Ethiopian Airways) and Frankfurt (Lufthansa)

Road or Rail

There are no reliable taxi, bus or rail links between Angola and other African nations. Since 2003 it is possible to enter Angola via a small passenger ferry near Rundu in Namibia.

Drive

If you have your own reliable vehicle you can enter Angola from Namibia in the south at the border post near Oshikango and Ngiva. The extremely brave could also attempt to enter on the Kinshasa-Matadi road from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north, but travellers on this the road have fallen victim of armed attacks in the past. 

Note - Be sure to arrange a visa before you leave your country of origin. There are no exceptions. To enter Angola you also need a certificate declaring you have been vaccinated against yellow fever.

Getting Around

Fly

There is a network of airports and airfields distributed over the country. It allows access to most areas from Luanda, which has some of the heaviest air traffic in Africa. The national airline is TAAG (Linhas Aéreas de Angola) Angolan Airlines has a large domestic network.

Drive

The roadway network covers about 75,000 kilometres of mostly gravel roads. Never leave beaten tracks in rural areas - the threat of unexploded landmines and anti-personnel mines in the aftermath to the civil war is still a real threat and a huge problem.

Rail

The country also has a 2750 kilometre railway network, but a reliable rail passenger service is yet to be established.