Angola’s capital city Luanda is often referred to as the most expensive city in the world since the 2015 Mercer annual cost of living report. In fact, the cost of living may be the only subject you find if you Google the city looking for information. We’re here to give you some pointers on the best things to do in Luanda should you decide to move to the rising Angolan capital.
One of the largest waterfalls by volume in Africa, Kalandula Falls is located about 360 km away from Luanda but it still ranks as one of the must visit attractions whilst you are located in the capital. It’s a spectacular view of the awesome power of nature: 105 metres high and 400 metres wide it’s a colossal sight in the middle of the rainforest.
The best view of the falls come from its base. 15-20 USD will be enough to get a local to help guide you down to the base and it’s well worth the 1km rocky trek.
Kissama National Park Safari
The Kissama National Park is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre of Luanda. You can visit on a day trip or make a long weekend of it and stay over at one the lodges available. This natural beauty is around 80km from Luanda and whilst it doesn’t quite have the draw of the Serengeti it still holds its own considerable charm. It is renowned for big game as well as for some unique forestry. We’d also recommend a trip along the Kwanza river while you’re there. It marks the Northern boundary of the National Park and is a haven for bird life - you may also come across a croc or two!
Museum of Slavery
The Museum of Slavery may not jump out as the cheeriest of recreational activities but it is one of the most interesting. It’s a useful place to visit if you are looking to gain an understanding of Angola’s history and its role in the Atlantic Slave Trade. The Museum is located around 25km along the coast from Luanda near a 17th century chapel. Slaves would be baptised in this chapel before boarding the Westbound slave ships.
Fortaleza de São Miguel ( Fortress of Saint Michael)
The Portuguese constructed Fortaleza de São Miguel is the oldest surviving building in Luanda. Constructed in 1576, the fort was a major channel for slave traffic to Brazil but now houses the Museum of the Armed Forces. Founded almost 400 years later and after the independence of Angola, the museum overlooks the city offering views of the island and Luanda Bay. Inside the museum you can peruse a Russian made twin-engine plane, weapons, armoured cars and other military equipment used during the fight for Angola’s National Independence.
Ilha Do Mussulo – Mussulo Peninsula
A paradise just 20 minutes south of Luanda, Mussulo is in fact a spit created by river sediments. The peninsula is about 30km long and 3km wide, with the narrowest parts as small as 100 metres. With huts and restaurants lining the bay, Mussulo is a favourite with Luanda locals.