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INFRASTRUCTURE IN ANGOLA

Notwithstanding the partial damage to the infrastructures of transport and communications for obvious reasons for a long period of political and military instability the Country is structurally well covered as much from the point of view of means and infrastructures which complement the access to the whole country, as in relation to foreign countries.

ROAD TRANSPORT

The road network covers about 75,000 km, of which 7,955 km are tarred. The principal axis characteristically joins the capital with the interior, which is in the East-West direction.

Simultaneously other secondary branches interlined among themselves and with its principal axis, permit communication with the country on its boundaries, in particular with Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo. In parts small and medium hotel and tourist enterprises could well be started namely in the business of Guest houses, Motels, Rent a car, foreign exchange, restaurants, tourist transports and other sectors of national economic activity such as the supply of fuel and connected services, health centers, general trade etc...

PRINCIPAL AXIS ROUTES DISTANCE IN KMS

Luanda-Malange-Saurimo - 900
Luanda-Lobito-Benguela - 600
Lobito-Benguela-Kuito -- 500
Cabinda-Lema ----------- 60
Lubango-Santa-Clara ---- 140

RAIL TRANSPORT
The country possesses a rail network of 2.750 km, in three axis not intercommunicated with each other, of which two are on the interprovincal route and one on the intercontinental route.

Axis Route Company Distance
Lobito-Zambia
R.D. of Congo
Railway of Benguela
(CFB)
1,305 KM
Namibe-Menongue
Interprovincal
Railway of Namibe
(CFN)
907 KM
Luanda-Malange Railway of Luanda 538 KM

TRANSPORT MARITIME

It is the principal means of external trade whose infrastructures in general terms presents well acceptable conditions, which has permitted a good response to the enormous traffic of merchandise.

The country has three important ports of trade and hundred of other small ports mainly for fishing and oil rigging.

PRINCIPAL TRADE VOLUME OF CARGO DISTANCE
Port of Luanda 10,000m2 +710.000TM
Port of Lobito 10,000m2 600.000TM
Port of Namibe 10,000m2 +115.000TM

Among the main shipping companies operating in the country the following can be named :
ACABOTANG, ANONAVE, SECIL MARITIMA, EMPROMAR and NDS

The maritime branch of transport also offers good opportunities for tourist business normally in the domain of ferry-boat etc.......

AIR TRANSPORT

This means of transport is mainly directed towards passenger transport, both from the point of view national and international. A network of infrastructures made up of airports and aerodromes spread all over the Country, allows immediate access to the whole national territory and to the exterior through the international airport of 4th February, in the capital. A TAAG (Angolan Airlines) is the national airline operating in the whole country and links the following capitals:

AFRICA :
Johannesburg, Harare, Sao Tome, Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Ponta Negra, Lusaka , Sal

EUROPE:
Lisbon, Moscow, Paris

AMERICA :
Rio de Janeiro, Havana

Beyond TAAG there are air links from/to Angola are used by other airline companies, namely :

TAP, AIR-FRANCE, AEROFLOT, SABENA, LAC (R.D. CONGO), LINA-CONGO (CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE), AIR GAMBON, AIR NAMBIA, SAA, ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES.

In Angola there are also other Airlines and Charters which offer cargo transport services such as SAL (Society of Ligeria Airlines) ACC (Angola Air Charter Ltd.) Transafrica etc┼.

Angolan rivers offer opportunities for business of tourist interest or a mixture of commerce and tourism.

River network made up of big rivers have along their course a number of rapids some of these navigable in tens of kms and susceptible of encouraging the practise of water sports and swimming. Among these we mention the Kwanza, Zaire, Kuando and Cunene rivers.

DETAILS OF THE PRINCIPAL RIVERS

NAME LENGTH EXTENSION
Zaire 150km 30050km2
Kwanza 1000km 147690km2
Cunene 800km 940400km2
Kubango 975km 153400km2