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TRAVEL TIPS TO ANGOLA


Angola cultural etiquette requires you to understand some of the Angolans cultural related issues such as meals, gender equality, stereotypes social and work lives, whose rules may leave you perplexed. For your convenience we have listed some tips bellow:

Meeting People

  • The most common greeting is the handshake. travel tips
  • Close friends may embrace, kiss, or offer a friendly backslap. 
  • As in most African countries, greetings should never be rushed.
  • It is important to take time to inquire about the person’s family and other matters of general interest during the greeting process.
  • Always greet elders first. It is also customary to bow when introduced to someone who is obviously older or has a more senior position.
  • In rural areas, women do not look the other person in the eye, although this practice is less pronounced with younger Angolans and in Luanda.

Gift Giving Etiquette

  • Gift giving happens mostly in urban areas.
  • It is not so much a part of Angolan culture and as a result there are not many tips surrounding it.
  • If you are invited to an Angolan's home, bring fruit, flowers, or chocolates to the host.
  • A small gift for the children is always appreciated.
  • Gifts are not always opened when received.

Dining Etiquette

  • Angolans are extremely hospitable and enjoy entertaining friends and family in their homes.
  • In Luanda, they may also entertain in restaurants or cafés since they have adopted more Western ideas about socializing.
  • The Angolan approach to entertaining retains much of the Portuguese influence, including the time of dinner invitations which are often 8 p.m.
  • Dress as you would in the office. Dressing well demonstrates respect towards your hosts. Shake hands with each guest individually.
  • Try not to discuss business in social situations.
  • Food is often served from a communal bowl.
  • Use the serving spoons to scoop food from the communal bowl on to your individual bowl.
  • Hierarchy dictates that the eldest person is the first to take food from the communal plate.
  • If offered the last serving of an item, offer an initial refusal and expect your host to then offer the item a second or third time, in which case you may accept

Safety and Security:

Don't go out at night alone or into the slums. Have the doors and windows of your car locked at all times.  

Avoid wearing jewellery or watches in public places. Do not change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas. Avoid walking between bars and restaurants on the Luanda Island (Ilha do Cabo).  Also avoid crowded places such as open air markets.

Take precautions with your valuables and cash. Deposit them in hotel safes where practical. Keep copies of important documents, including passports, in a separate place from the documents themselves.

Don’t exchange money from “Kinguila - the seller of money - who normally offers the best quotation. This practice is forbidden by the authorities and may expose you to serious risks. There around many exchange houses and commercial banks that offer  better quality exchange service with total security.

Keep valuables out of sight and not use mobiles or laptops while in slow moving traffic.

Carry a certified copy of your passport (data page and visa) and/or identity documents at all times for identification purposes.

In general, you shouldn't travel within Angola without the assistance of qualified personnel. However, if you follow some basic rules, traveling in Angola isn't dangerous. First of all, traveling after dark and alone is never a good idea. If possible, join with several cars of the same make and model because of the possible need for spare parts.

 

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