Our Angola holidays and tours focus on the culturally rich southern part of the country, home to traditional ethnic groups living in isolation in the bush that haven’t changed their ways of life for centuries.

It’s hard to get off the beaten track in the well-trodden trails of southern Africa – except in Angola. Cut off from the rest of the world by war until 2005, this vast country represents adventure on a grand scale and the chance to discover a hidden world of stunning scenery, fascinating tribes and more.

On our Angola holidays, you soak up the atmosphere of old colonial settlements and embark on challenging drives through trackless wilderness. We’ll also look for prehistoric rock art left behind by the early inhabitants of this land. Nights are spent camping next to villages that have rarely seen visitors. You’ll meet the unique Himba people and explore desert oases.

Top highlights on Angola Holidays and Tours

  • Hike up the rocks of Tchitundo Hulo to see ancient rock art
  • Meet the Muila people, with their elaborate hairstyles and traditional communities
  • Check out the shipwrecks on the Atlantic coast
  • Drive along the hairpin bends of the Serra de Leba Pass
  • Visit the remote town of Oncocua, and mingle with the Himba and Mucabal people in the market

Just a few years ago Angola didn’t even issue tourist visas – now it’s starting to open up and welcome visitors, but even so, foreign travellers are still quite uncommon. Angola is one of the last blank spaces on the tourist map of Africa – join us on our Angola holidays and discover your most exciting adventure yet.

We’ve spent time cultivating relationships with remote communities here, from the Muila to the Mucabal to the Nguendelengo, tribal groups who have changed little in centuries. For anyone interested in Africa’s rich ethnic traditions, Angola is a complete gem.

And a world away from this is the oil-rich capital of Luanda, with its glitzy skyscrapers and beachfront restaurants – a snapshot of Africa’s rising fortunes, and testament to how far the country has come in recent years. Not far away lie Kalandula Falls, Africa’s third largest, as well as Kissama National Park, which is being restocked with wildlife after suffering during the civil war.

Culture

Portuguese is the official language of Angola, and while English is increasingly being spoken among wealthier inhabitants of Luanda, it remains fairly marginal. There are over forty other languages spoken throughout the country but these tend to be confined to specific ethnic groups.

Traditional beliefs tend to hold sway throughout Angola, followed by Christianity of various denominations, of which Catholicism is the most popular.

Angola is home to some of southern Africa’s most traditional people. The long civil war meant that they were isolated from the modern world to a much greater extent than others in the region. Although things are changing, Angola remains one of the best places in Africa to see a wide range of tribal groups.

When to go on holiday to Angola

Angola is a large country with different climate zones, from the tropical north to the more arid south. The best time to visit the south of the country is from June to October.

Start planning your trip to Angola

Check out our small group tour Expedition to Angola. Although many of our trips are small group adventures with set departures, as a bespoke operator, we can design and create trips to suit any traveller, from solos to larger group. If you would like to find out more about tailor-made holidays to Angola or our group tours, call us on 01473 328546 or email us via our contact page. We’d love to hear from you.

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