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14 hours in Luanda...

14 hours in Luanda...

Old Jan 24, 18, 11:58 am
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14 hours in Luanda...

So I'm aiming to be in Luanda for all of a spectacular 14 hours in June between Lisbon and Sao Tome. What's better is that it's circa 0700 arrival and 2200 departure with TAAG. Thankfully, the embassy in Moscow has given (reasonable) reassurance a transit visa would be issued for this.

But, has anyone ever done anything like this in Luanda before? I can't imagine there is a huge deal to do nor believing all the danger reports of the city itself.
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Old Jan 29, 18, 1:22 am
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I've done something similar in 2016 but with different destinations and less time. The airport is tiny and you definitely want a transit visa. I got mine without any problems and it was cheap (got it in Lisbon). You can catch a taxi into the city, have some good seafood and head back.

I only had less time than you and got a nice tour from a friend who works there, and then we went for dinner somewhere in Ilha do Cabo.

Yes, it feels like a developing country, and there are dangers associated with that (e.g. don't walk around with visible valuables).
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Old Feb 5, 18, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Palal View Post
I've done something similar in 2016 but with different destinations and less time. The airport is tiny and you definitely want a transit visa. I got mine without any problems and it was cheap (got it in Lisbon). You can catch a taxi into the city, have some good seafood and head back.

I only had less time than you and got a nice tour from a friend who works there, and then we went for dinner somewhere in Ilha do Cabo.

Yes, it feels like a developing country, and there are dangers associated with that (e.g. don't walk around with visible valuables).
Oh, that's good to know someone else has been in the same boat thanks for the heads up! sure, the dangers are exactly what I expected, so that's no surprise
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Old Feb 18, 18, 1:37 pm
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You definitely do NOT want to stay in the airport for 14 hours! It's dreadfully small, hot, and crowded with seemingly almost all flights funneled through 1-2 gates creating long chaotic queues. Go enjoy Luanda for a bit!
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Old Feb 25, 18, 4:47 am
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Visit https://allotaxi.co.ao

AlloTaxi is a cheap, reliable, and safe taxi service. The app works better than the site but you really need a data plan as few establishments have WiFi but you can probably reserve your own Allo Taxi for the whole day if you contact them before your trip.

There is not much to do in Luanda. There are a few decrepit museums. In June the weather is not too hot so you can go for a walk along the Marginal (the seafront) and wander into the downtown area to see the crumbling architecture. You do need to keep your wits about you as you will probably stick out as a tourist and petty street crime does happen. You can also go for some nice meals on the Ilha. Lookal is a good, albeit very pricey, seafood joint there. Cafe del Mar is a nice bar/restaurant that is not quite so extortionate!

But as your layover is so long, I'd consider taking an Allo Taxi to Barra de Kwanza. If you do thist, you would see a bit of Luanda on the journey out if town. You could stop off at Miradouro de Lua, then have lunch at Mangais, pop down to the Kwanza lodge, potentially go fishing if you want or relax by the pool, then return to Luanda. There are various restaurants in the Benfica, Talatona, Gamek area of Luanda as you drive back to airport where you can stop for supper. Or if you have time head to the Ilha for supper then back to airport.
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