As a conservation-driven tourism company, Angola Uncharted Safari expeditions aims to show the extraordinary country of Angola and all its hidden gems to our clients and thereby assist in the protection and conservation of our unique landscapes for future generations. No two safaris are ever the same and you never know what to expect.
Angola may take up a lot of space on the map of southern Africa, but it’s almost invisible when it comes to travel in this region. This former Portuguese colony is only just opening up to travellers, after 27 years of war left it cut off from the world. Both a civil conflict and a proxy Cold War, with the Soviet Union, Cuba, South Africa and the USA all involved and vying for mineral and oil resources, the war began after Angola won independence from Portugal in 1975 and continued until 2002.
ANGOLA’S CIVIL WAR KEPT THE COUNTRY CLOSED TO TOURISTS, AND INADVERTENTLY PRESERVED THE LIFESTYLES OF THE MANY TRIBESPEOPLE LIVING IN THE SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY.
Today, the conflict is over, but high prices, a tricky visa application process and almost zero infrastructure outside the capital Luanda mean travelling here is challenging. It’s definitely an expedition rather than a holiday, organised by experts with local contacts, able to tread respectfully into a world rarely seen by visitors. The privileged, intrepid few who come here discover desert oases, prehistoric rock art, Portuguese colonial towns and, most fascinating of all, tribespeople following traditional lifestyles unchanged in centuries.
Best time to visit
There are three recognisable climatic regions in Angola. It is hot and tropical along the coast and in the north, while temperate-tropical weather occurs on the highlands in the centre and the south. In the southeast, it is mostly dry and hot. Between May and October, the country is cool and dry. From November till April, it is hot with rain showers and violent storms towards the end of the season. For an optimum safari experience, travel is suggested between August and October.
Time Zone GMT +1
Dial Code +244
Language Portuguese and English
Water Bottled Water
Power Plug C & 220V/50Hz
Dress Code Neutral for Safaris
Wi-Fi Limited access to Wi-Fi