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Luanda is the capital and largest city of Angola, a country located in the south-central region of Africa. It is situated on the Atlantic coast and is the most populous Portuguese-speaking capital city in the world, with a population of over 8 million.

The city is located in a coastal plain, with a bay on one side and a mountain range on the other. The Bay of Luanda is a large natural harbor, making it an important port city. The city is divided into two sections, the Baixa de Luanda and the Cidade Alta. The Baixa de Luanda is the downtown area and the Cidade Alta is the more affluent and modern area.

Luanda has a long and rich history. It was first founded in 1576 by Portuguese settlers, who established a trading post and fort. The city grew in importance over the years, becoming a major port in the 19th century. It was the capital of the Portuguese colony of Angola from 1885 to 1975. During this time, the city was a major hub of trade and commerce, as well as a center of education and culture.

In 1975, Angola gained independence from Portugal, and Luanda became the capital of the new nation. Since then, the city has seen rapid growth and development, with many new buildings and infrastructure projects being constructed. The city is now an important financial and business center in the region.

Luanda is a vibrant and bustling city, with a unique mix of African and Portuguese culture. It offers a wide range of attractions, from its beautiful beaches to its vibrant nightlife. The city is also home to many museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions. Luanda is a great place to visit and explore, and is sure to offer something for everyone.

Excursion tips for a day in Luanda

As a tourist in Luanda, Angola, there are many exciting activities to take part in. Here are some ideas of what to do in the city on a day:

1. Explore the historic center of the city and visit the iconic Fortaleza de São Miguel.
2. Take a stroll along the waterfront of the Baía de Luanda and admire the beautiful views.
3. Visit the imposing Presidential Palace and the impressive National Museum of Slavery.
4. Explore the vibrant markets of the city and shop for souvenirs.
5. Visit the iconic Igreja de São Paulo, a stunning Portuguese-style church.
6. Take a boat ride along the Kwanza River and see the city from the water.
7. Visit the beautiful beaches of Mussulo and Ilha do Cabo and take a dip in the warm waters.
8. Enjoy a traditional Angolan meal at one of the many restaurants in the city.
9. Relax in the tranquil Jardim Botânico de Luanda and admire the lush vegetation.
10. Catch a show at the Teatro Nacional de Luanda and experience local culture.

Experience Luanda with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Luanda. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Luanda

Luanda has a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather throughout the year. During the summer months (December to March), temperatures can reach up to 32°C, while in the winter months (June to September), temperatures can drop to around 18°C. The rainy season lasts from October to April, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in March. The city experiences a dry season between May and September, with little rain. Humidity levels remain high throughout the year, with an average of 75-85%.

Cruise weather for Luanda

Our weather forecast for Luanda helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 21.8 °C
min: 19.8 °C
19.4 m/s
24.5 m/s
43.8 %
24.1 m
81.2 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 21.9 °C
min: 20 °C
18.0 m/s
22.3 m/s
59.7 %
24.1 m
78.9 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 21.4 °C
min: 19.2 °C
19.1 m/s
22.3 m/s
54.6 %
24.1 m
80.1 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 21.6 °C
min: 19.2 °C
17.6 m/s
21.2 m/s
38.9 %
24.1 m
79.4 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 21.6 °C
min: 20.6 °C
18.0 m/s
23.4 m/s
38.3 %
24.1 m
79.7 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 22.0 °C
min: 20.8 °C
19.1 m/s
20.5 m/s
37.1 %
24.1 m
79.5 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 21.7 °C
min: 19.2 °C
18.4 m/s
23.0 m/s
60.5 %
24.1 m
81.7 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 22.1 °C
min: 21 °C
15.5 m/s
19.8 m/s
58.8 %
24.1 m
78.7 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 22.0 °C
min: 20.8 °C
23.0 m/s
29.2 m/s
46.4 %
24.1 m
80.2 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 22.0 °C
min: 20.7 °C
20.2 m/s
23.4 m/s
39.2 %
24.1 m
81.5 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 22.0 °C
min: 19.5 °C
21.2 m/s
25.9 m/s
28.6 %
24.1 m
81.6 %
1,016 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 21.6 °C
min: 20 °C
24.8 m/s
27.7 m/s
37.5 %
24.1 m
77.2 %
1,017 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 21.1 °C
min: 19.9 °C
19.4 m/s
22.0 m/s
33.2 %
24.1 m
78.9 %
1,016 hPa

Cruises to Luanda

Would you like to travel to Luanda on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Luanda.

Scheduled ship calls in Luanda, Angola
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 21st 2024 Thursday, 21st of Nov. 2024 Norwegian Dawn 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 2nd 2024 Monday, 2nd of Dec. 2024 Norwegian Sky 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 21st 2024 Saturday, 21st of Dec. 2024 Seabourn Sojourn 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Mar. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Mar. 2025 Silver Dawn 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Apr. 12th 2025 Saturday, 12th of Apr. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 07:00 am 11:00 pm
May 19th 2025 Monday, 19th of May 2025 Norwegian Sky 07:00 am 05:00 pm
May 28th 2025 Wednesday, 28th of May 2025 MS Nautica 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 10th 2025 Tuesday, 10th of Jun. 2025 Seven Seas Voyager 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Nov. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Nov. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Nov. 23rd 2025 Sunday, 23rd of Nov. 2025 MS Amera 08:00 am 08:00 pm
Mar. 20th 2026 Friday, 20th of Mar. 2026 Norwegian Dawn 07:00 am 05:00 pm
May 15th 2026 Friday, 15th of May 2026 Seven Seas Mariner 08:00 am 06:00 pm
May 16th 2026 Saturday, 16th of May 2026 Seven Seas Mariner 08:00 am 06:00 pm
May 17th 2026 Sunday, 17th of May 2026 Seven Seas Mariner 08:00 am 06:00 pm

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