Angola remains remote and little visited by foreign tourists, but infrastructure such as transport is gradually recovering from years of war, and wildlife is being shipped in to restock national parks.
For those who travel here, the rewards are many, from expansive beaches to virgin wildlife parks and the Portuguese colonial heritage.
Kalandula Falls, in northern Angola, is one of Africa’s biggest by volume, spread over 400m and falling more than 100m from wooded clifftops.
You can still see the stone padrao or standard that Portuguese explorer Diogo Cao placed at Soyo when he became the first European to arrive here. The padrao is still there, on the tip of a turtle-inhabited peninsula.
Gain a sense of colonial history, too, from visiting Angola’s many coastal forts, and the city of Benguela, home to the beautiful Governor’s Palace. And there are plenty of sights in Luanda, on the Atlantic coast and with attractions which include the towering mausoleum of Angola’s first President, Agostinho Neto. The Museum of Slavery, 25km down the coast from the capital, near a 17th century chapel, gives an insight into the country history in the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Alternatively, head out on safari somewhere like Kissama National Park, which is within easy reach of the capital Luanda. Here you can see elephants and the rare black palanca antelope, which you will only find in Angola.
Finally, try and take in the view from the Tundavala Gap, where you can see f or miles along the rim of cliffs called the Serra da Leba escarpment.