Cheap Flights to Luanda
• Area Size City : 113km² (44 sq mi)
• Area Codes : (+244) 2
• Currency : Angolan Kwanza (AOA)
• Population City : 2,825,311 (2014)
• Official Language : Portuguese
• Time Zone : UTC+1
• Airport : Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD)
LAD is situated in the southern part of Luanda and is the country’s primary airport. Arriving passengers can hire vehicles from First, Avis, Sixt and others or take a taxi from a licensed, private company such as Afritaxi or Eco Tur Angola that provides airport transfers.
Travellers in South Africa can fly from Johannesburg to LAD with one or more stops with the following airlines:
• Air Namibia
• British Airways
Additional airlines flying to ‘LAD’ include:
Reasons to Visit Luanda, Angola:
• Founded by Portuguese explorer Paulo Dias de Novais in January 1576, Luanda endured 8 years of Dutch rule during the 17th century and was, from 1640 to 1648, the hub for the slave trade to Brazil. Today it’s a sprawling, fast, vibrant city with skyscrapers and hectic traffic that lies on the edge of the ocean with fabulous beaches, an exciting nightlife, mouth-watering culinary experiences, museums, historical fortresses and cathedrals.
• There are abundant accommodation options comprising top star luxury hotels, resorts, excellent 4-Star boutique hotels, comfortable budget hotels, B&Bs, Holiday Rentals, Speciality Lodgings and hostels. Visitors have a fabulous range of restaurants to enjoy their favourite food including some great cheap eateries. Located on Ilha do Cabo is Café del Mar that affords a splendid ocean view with scrumptious food and excellent service and where reservations are a must. Still in Ilha do Cabo, offering a quiet and cosy atmosphere with great cocktails is Restaurante Cais de Quatro. To dance the night away there are nightclubs are dotted all over the city offering a variety of music.
When to Visit Luanda, Angola:
During the summer months from October to mid-May temperatures average between 25 to 30°C while during the winter months from mid-May to September they drop to between 18 and 22°C. The city has less rain than surrounding areas but does become uncomfortably humid from October to May, its wet season.
Places to Visit Luanda, Angola:
• The Cathedral of the Holy Saviour built in 1628 is beautifully designed with an exquisite interior.
• A stark reminder of injustice is the small but imperative National Museum of Slavery, a two-story structure monument utilising the original building that once had thousands of slaves passing through for baptism and transferral processing before their gruelling journey to the Americas. It’s perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean and around 18km from the city.
• The 1575 Fortress of São Miguel sits atop a small hill, overlooking the ocean with lush vegetation under its white walls. It’s the most conserved of three fortresses built by the Portuguese, who concerned with being attacked by the Dutch, renovated and strengthened it in 1634. It was again rebuilt by under Governor Francisco de Távora (1669–1676).
• Housed in the ‘Fortress of São Miguel’ is the Museum of the Armed Forces that displays weaponry, armoured cars, cannons, swords and other military equipment used in Angola’s struggle for independence.
• Fortaleza São Pedro da Barra built in 1618 with a length of 0.26km is close to Ponta da Ilha.
• The National Museum of Natural History of Angola situated in Largo do Kinaxixe was established in 1938 and located in the Fortress of São Miguel until 1956 when it was moved. The museum features collections associated with the country’s natural history and fauna with a variety of specimens of stuffed mammals, whales, insects, fish, birds and reptiles.
• Located in the suburb of Coqueiros, the Museu Nacional de Antropolgia covers the country’s culture and history with an impressive collection of more than 6,000 items and artefacts that include tools, masks, weaponry and musical instruments.
• It’s worth the drive to Sangano Beach, clean and safe with clear warm water and not crowded. Take a picnic basket or indulge in the most delicious lobster at the restaurant, alternatively buy your own for a superb home meal.
• Ilha de Luanda (Island of Luanda) is a long narrow peninsula affording wonderful vistas of the city, the Casino Marinha, restaurants, nightclubs and plenty of beaches.
• Escape from the city on a boat to Ilha do Mussulo, a gorgeous beach lined with palm trees, luxury lodges, resorts, hotels, bars and restaurants and no traffic.
• Quiçama National Park, also referred to as Kissama National Park comprises an area of 9,960km² and is around 75km from Luanda. The park offers guided tours, has a restaurant and overnight accommodation.
• The Largo do Ambiente is a total area of 8,940m² with a central square, two roundabouts, a 500+-space car park, trees, flowerbeds, benches and is perfect for relaxing under trees or strolling around.
• For shopping expeditions pop into Belas or Ginga shopping malls.
Getting Around Luanda:
Public transport is limited but does include a train service and buses. Services are unreliable and not recommended for visitors.
The best way to get to places is to hire a vehicle with a driver for added safety and for street navigation. There are a number of international car rentals and local establishments such as Eco Tour Angola that offers minibuses, 4x4s, bullet-proof vehicles and other models that can be hired with or without an English speaking driver.
Known as candongueiros, they’re pale blue and white in colour and the most popular mode of transport for locals. They’re fast and generally safe for getting around the city.