GET PREPARED

BEFORE YOUR TRIP

What you need to think about

Prepare for your trip to Angola. Here we have prepared a small guide for you to help you with your preparations.

Ensure you have a valid passport with at least six months' validity beyond your planned departure date. Check visa requirements for your nationality and obtain the necessary visa if required. If your country of origin is not one of the visa-free countries, we will help you with the visa application.

Consult with a healthcare professional well in advance to discuss necessary vaccinations (Yellow fever is a prerequisite for entry) and health precautions. Carry a basic medical kit, including any prescription medications.

We recommend that you bring all medications for wound care, an emergency broad-spectrum antibiotic, painkillers, mosquito repellent, diarrhea and vomiting medications as well as electrolytes. You can buy medicines in the capital, but not all of them are always available or they are of poor quality.

Obtain comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuation, and repatriation. Confirm that the insurance also covers activities you plan to engage in.

Also be aware that in Angola it is not uncommon for medical treatments or hospital stays to have to be paid for in advance or directly on the spot.

Familiarize yourself with the local currency (Angolan Kwanza) and consider carrying a mix of cash and cards. Inform your bank about your travel dates to avoid any issues with your credit or debit cards.

While Portuguese is the official language, English may not be widely spoken, especially in rural areas. Learning some basic Portuguese phrases can be helpful for communication.

If you have booked a trip with us, you will have a guide at your disposal who will translate all your needs. Nevertheless, it is a nice experience to be able to interact directly with the people you will meet.

Check the electrical voltage and plug types your country of origin uses and bring the appropriate adapters for your electronic devices.

Angola uses the European standard electrical system. The standard voltage is 220-240 volts, and the frequency is 50 Hz. The electrical outlets typically accommodate plugs of type C and type F.

  • Type C: This type of plug has two round prongs. It is commonly used in Europe and other regions.

  • Type F: Similar to type C, but with the addition of two grounding clips on the side. It is also commonly used in Europe.

When packing clothes for Angola, it's important to consider the diverse climate and regional variations within the country. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Light and Breathable Clothing: Angola has a tropical climate, so lightweight and breathable fabrics are essential. Cotton and linen clothing are excellent choices to help you stay cool in the heat.

  2. Casual and Comfortable Attire: Angola has a generally casual dress code. Comfortable and casual clothing, such as shorts, T-shirts, and sundresses, are suitable for everyday wear. However, modest clothing may be more appropriate in certain cultural or religious contexts.

  3. Swimwear: If you plan to visit coastal areas or take advantage of Angola's beautiful beaches, pack swimwear.

  4. Footwear: Comfortable walking shoes or sandals are important, especially if you plan to explore cities or natural attractions. If you intend to visit rural areas or engage in outdoor activities, consider bringing sturdy hiking shoes.

  5. Rain Gear: If you are traveling during the rainy season (November to April), pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket or poncho to stay dry during occasional downpours.

  6. Sweater or Jacket: Evenings can be cooler, especially in higher elevations or desert. A sweater or jacket is advisable for cooler nights.

  7. Modest Attire: In certain cultural or religious contexts, modest clothing is appreciated. Women may want to bring a scarf or shawl for covering shoulders when entering religious sites.

  8. Accessories: Sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses are essential for protection from the strong tropical sun.

  9. Power Outages: Consider bringing a flashlight or headlamp, as power outages can occur in some areas.

  10. Adapt to Specific Activities: If you plan on engaging in specific activities such as safaris, check if there are any specific clothing requirements and pack accordingly.

Always check the specific weather conditions and the nature of your activities to tailor your packing list accordingly. Additionally, consider the local customs and cultural norms when selecting your attire, especially in more traditional or rural areas.

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