Overland Angola Travel

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Visiting Angola[edit]

Angola is an extremely diverse and large country that is ready and willing to welcome tourists now the civil war is so far behind them. From jungle in the North to beaches in the West and mountains and deserts in the South, Angola really does have it all.

NOTE: Angola's currency, the Kwanza, fluctuates a lot. Because of that there is a thriving black market rate that is usually around 50% better than the official rate. Bring US Dollars in cash with you to exchange on the street - the bigger notes get a better exchange rate ($100 is preferred).
Because the rates change so much, prices listed on this page are indicative only. It's entirely possible things will cost half (or twice) as much during your visit.

Entering Angola with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: June 2017

Travel Visa for Angola[edit]

The travel visa for Angola has long been regarded as the hardest to get on the entire West Coast route, though this has changed significantly in the last few years. When going South many choose to get the visa in Accra Ghana, though this means you only have eight weeks to travel through all the countries between Ghana and Angola, which is far too short.

Lately many, many Overlanders moving south are getting a one month multi-entry visa in Pointe Noire, Congo without problem. The cost is $140.00 USD, to be paid in Central African Francs. The visa takes a few days to issue.

Coming from the South many people have recently had luck in Lusaka, Zambia and sometimes in Rundu, Namibia.

A visa on arrival is possible by applying for a pre-approval letter online and collecting the physical visa on arrival for 120 USD. The visa is valid for 30 days from date of arrival at the border, and it's multiple entry.

Required Paperwork[edit]

(no copies are required)

Process at border[edit]

  • Get yourself stamped in at Immigration.
  • Go to Douane to get a temporary import for the vehicle. Using the vehicle registration the officer will write out an import form, valid for one month. You can request a two month entry no problem, you just pay twice as much
  • If you have a Carnet de Passage, you don't need the import form and you pay nothing.
  • If crossing at the Santa Clara border with your vehicle, first visit the small office you pass while entering the parking area in from of the 2 large warehouse type buildings. This is the visa office and they will stamp you in. Next, visit the small office at the exit (between the 2 warehouse buildings), this is where you will receive your TIP and complete all the necessary road tax paperwork. THey will give you an account number you have to make a payment to at one of the banks in the large building beside the office. You may need a photocopy of the following documents - visa in passport, passport info page, photo of vehicle showing side/front/rear. If you need to make photocopies there is a small chinese run photo shop just after the roundabout when entering Angola you can walk to.

Cost of entry[edit]

Entry with a Carnet de Passage is free, the Temp import costs $9.00 USD per month.

Permitted length of stay[edit]

The standard temp import permit is one month, though you can simply ask for two months at the border.

Extension of stay[edit]

Can be done quite easily and cheaply. Even extending your own personal Visa for another month is cheap and straightforward in any large city.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Uncertain, though it seems if you came back before the temp import expired nobody would be the wiser.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

  • Get yourself stamped out at Immigration.
  • Get your Carnet de Passage stamped out if you have one.

All should be free, do not pay for this.

Driving in Angola[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Angola[edit]

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Travel insurance for Angola[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Insurance does not seem to be required, Police never seem to ask for it for people just transiting through, though you might want to have something to show anyone looking for a bribe.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]


Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Unknown within Angola - an International Policy from home is probably best.

Driving license[edit]

Anything from your home country will be accepted.

Driving side of road[edit]

RHD vehicles are allowed without problem.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

You probably need two safety triangles, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher. It's a good idea to have them to avoid bribery.


General Road quality[edit]

Roads vary greatly in Angola. There are many, many new highways that rival those anywhere in the world. There are also lots of old broken-up roads with massive potholes and make for some very slow going. In the Namib desert in the South the sandy tracks are extremely primitive.

Road signs[edit]

Road signs do exist and usually show the distances to the next few upcoming towns. These are improving quickly.

Toll roads[edit]


Bribery in Angola[edit]

Bribery is quickly getting less and less common, though it does still happen. The easiest way to avoid this is to be polite, but don't speak Portuguese. Smile a lot and be sorry about it, but you simply don't understand.

See the bribery tips page for general advice.


There are checkpoints and random stops where Police, Military and Customs will check your paperwork. Don't pay at any of these. Stay friendly and polite. Never use your mobile phone or camera at check points.

Traveling with pets[edit]

No issues crossing with dog from Namibia to Angola. Only document requested was proof of vaccinations. There may be official import forms but unknown and never asked for.

Gas price in Angola and Diesel price in Angola[edit]

Last updated: June 2017

Currency and unit to display:

Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded $0.49 USD per Liter
Diesel $0.39 USD per Liter

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Stations are becoming more common as Angola rebuilds after the civil war, especially in the North. Stations seem to always have gas, though frequently diesel is in short supply because the government is using it all to run much-needed generators. You should carry as much gas/diesel as possible, and fill up whenever you can.

Typically fuel availability near border crossings is difficult - with either long queues or closed stations.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Angola makes it's own, so the quality should be good.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Driving at night is not recommended due to the risk of violence or bandits. There can also be armed robbery on the roads in remote places and some even place bogus road blocks. Also watch out for cars without lights, animals, people and everything else you can imagine on the roads.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Vehicles can be parked on the streets and usually are safe. At night try to park in compounds or other known safe zones

Special driving considerations[edit]

As with all of west Africa, expect the unexpected at all times. Literally anything is possible.

Also Angola has one of the highest concentrations of land mines in the entire world. NEVER drive off road unless you follow lots of tire tracks and never walk through long grass or simply wander around in the wilderness.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Angola[edit]

Camping is slowly getting more common in Angola, with a few campsites here and there.
Wildcamping is very possible in remote areas. See places in iOverlander for the ones that exist.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

It's not recommended to drink tap water - filter it or buy bottles.


Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are among the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Angola

by Reise Know-How Verlag
From $14.95 on Amazon
Nonfiction Reading And Writing Workshop Springboard: A...
Nonfiction Reading And Writing Workshop Springboard: A...
by National Geographic Learning
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1. Angola Travel Reference Map 1:1,300,000 (internatio...
1. Angola Travel Reference Map 1:1,300,000 (internatio...
by International Travel Maps
From $10.85 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Africa Planning Map
Lonely Planet Africa Planning Map
by Lonely Planet
From $7.99 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Angola[edit]

  • Garmin Open Street Maps has excellent coverage of all roads - highways and cities.
  • Tracks4Africa is an SD Card for Garmin GPS, and contain Routable turn-by-turn maps with 809,000 kms of roads and over 129,000 points of interest.
Gps Map Of Africa
Gps Map Of Africa
From $click on Amazon

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Angola[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

  • There are quite a few great spots listed in iOverlander - check there.
  • Don't miss the free camping on the waterfront in Luanda at the Yacht club. iOverlander has the co-ordinates!

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Angola[edit]

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

Helpful External links[edit]

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