In recent years, the capital of Angola – the southern African country which has long left the devastation of its civil war behind and whose annual growth rates of late have rocketed as high as 20 percent – has become this continent’s most thrusting boomtown (some have gone so far as to dub Luanda “the Monaco of Africa“). While much of this is due to petroleum (which despite the drop in world market prices is still the main moneymaker for this country), there’s also a nascent tourism industry is also making an impact – and for the visitor, this city of more than 2 1/2 million can be a colourful, cheerfully noisy, and even somewhat exotic experience. 

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