Angola, located in Southwestern Africa, remains a mystery to most tourists. Due to stringent visa policies and ongoing conflict, Angola is closed off to most visitors. Within its borders lies a variety of unique landscapes. This includes an expansive coastline, towering rockfaces, lush national parks and Africa’s second-largest waterfall, along with fascinating remnants of the Portuguese colonization.

Quick Facts about Angola

  • Capital City: Luanda
  • Language: Portguese
  • Currency: Angolan Kwanza (AOA)
  • Climate: Dry/ wet climate
  • Best time to visit Angola: June to October
  • Fun fact about Angola: Angola has one of the youngest populations in the world, with over 70% of Angolan people being under 24.

Overview of Angolan Cuisine

  • Culinary influences: Portuguese, Brazilian, Democratic Republic Congo
  • Common ingredients in Angolan Cuisine:  Beans, rice, pork, chicken, cassava, tomatoes
  • National dish of Angola: Moamba de Galinha is a chicken stew made with red palm oil, garlic, okra and hot pepper.

Popular Angolan Foods

  • Kizaca- boiled cassava leaves mixed with ground peanuts, stewed to develop a thick, nutty sauce
  • Funge– Plain mashed cassava, commonly served on the side of dishes
  • Feijão de óleo de palma– Stewed beans in a sauce made from palm oil
  • Doce de ginguba– candy similar to peanut brittle
  • Cocada amarelaA pudding made from grated coconut, egg yolks, sugar and cinnamon


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