Stay Safe in Angola
For travel inside Angola, you should consider hiring an experienced local guide, although if you follow some simple guidelines, traveling in Angola is not hazardous. Traveling alone after dark is never a smart idea. Join with other vehicles of the same make and model if feasible, since spare components may be required. In the event of a breakdown or other emergency, have a satellite phone on hand. Be advised that, while Iridium [www] satellite phones offer worldwide coverage, Thuraya satellite phones have coverage in much of Angola but may not in the country’s southern regions (check the Angola Thuraya coverage [www] map for details).
Other regulations apply in the city of Luanda. Stay in your vehicle (with the doors closed) while you’re out of sight of security staff, which can be found at any hotel or restaurant.
Avoid using your camera in front of law enforcement (dressed in blue uniforms). At best, photography will result in a hefty punishment, but it may possibly have far-reaching repercussions. Taking pictures of military or security-related facilities and installations, including government buildings, is illegal in Angola and should be avoided.
Stay Healthy in Angola
Travelers should only consume mineral water or, in an emergency, boiling water since Angola’s water is untreated and therefore unsafe to ingest. Because malaria is prevalent in this nation, visitors should apply insect repellent and repellent-impregnated bed nets to prevent mosquito bites. Furthermore, while in Angola, there is a danger of getting bitten by the tse tse insect, which causes sleeping illness; see a doctor promptly if you begin to have sleeplessness.
Adults in Angola have a prevalence of 4.0 percent, or one in every 25 individuals, for AIDS and HIV. Avoid having sex without protection.