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Problem in the "Stay safe" section[edit]

In this section appears this strange sentence: "From my experiences I believe that the most important thing to watch out for are the flyting hippopatamus's that can drop man eating porcupines that WILL NOT STOP for anything including americans!!!!!!!!!!!! "

what's that, a joke? {unsigned|89.96.237.130}

Some general silliness that was added a few hours ago. I've reverted it. If you see other nonsense like that, please don't hesitate to delete it yourself! - Dguillaime 13:07, 15 July 2009 (EDT)

Regions[edit]

Help!

Regionalising a number of the large African countries has proved to be a little easier than I thought it would. Not the case with the vast spaces of Angola. I am really struggling here. Maps:

My conclusions so far:

  • The Cabinda exclave obviously needs to be its own region.
  • There is a large area of savanna, tending towards desert, in the south (quite clear on the sat map). This includes much of Cunene and Cuando Cubango provinces.
  • Most of the rest of the country is scarp woodlands, tropical forest or rainforest, at various elevations.
  • The coastal plain is narrow and does not seem to make much sense as a travel region.--Burmesedays 22:25, 25 January 2010 (EST)


I tried working on this a few days ago, but gave up. Now I think I have a decent idea of what the country should look like. Here's an idea:

  • Cabinda-obvious, not only is is an exclave but culturally & linguistically different from the rest of the country, has plenty of oil facilities and a secessionist movement.
  • Northern Angola-along the DRC border and (I think) similar to Western DRC (Zaire, Uige, Malanje, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul)
  • Luanda-populous areas around Luanda (Luanda, Bengo, Cuanza Norte)
  • Central Angola-highlands (white on topo map), Huambo was the last hold-out of opposition until 2002 in the Angolan Civil War, Benguela seems to be a popular destination (Cuanza Sul, Benguela, Huambo, Bie)
  • Namibe-desert on coast (Namibe)
  • Southeast Angola- rural, mostly open savanna with forest near Namibia's Caprivi Strip (Huila, Cunene, Cuand Cubango, Moxico)

As always, this is not precise and boundaries can be smoothed out. One thing I thought about is whether to merge Huila & Cunene with Namibe into a "Southwest Angola" region, as these are visited by overlanders as they lie along the main north-south road in the country and anyone coming from Namibia (or Southern Africa in general) will pass through them. A second change would be to move Lunda Sul with Southeast Angola and call the region East Angola. AHeneen 00:13, 26 January 2010 (EST)

I haven't done a lot of research, but the above looks pretty reasonable. My biggest concern would be whether Namibe could stand alone as a region, so I think the "Southwest Angola" and "East Angola" options provide a better balance. They seem OK based on the roads, topography and tribal breakdowns too. I thought maybe Namibe and Benguela could be combined into a coastal region, but I'm not sure it makes sense - Benguela seems to be much more tied to Huambo and Cuanza Sul than Namibe. Shaund 00:58, 26 January 2010 (EST)
Done. I went for the Southwest/Southeast option. As much I liked the idea of a separate desert region as it is so different to the rest of the country, it did not really make sense from a travel viewpoint. till open for comment of course. Very little re-organisation to do as we rather tragically have one city article only :( --Burmesedays 04:50, 27 January 2010 (EST)

Railway revival[edit]

I've heard from BBC News that the Caminho de Ferro de Luanda (CFL; Luanda Railway) is rehabilitated by the Chinese Railway Construction Company. For more information, see the article "Angola's railways back on track" on the BBC News web site. CurvyEthyl 22:45, 16 September 2010

I typed the info from the BBC News article into the train section, just in case any reader wants to know.

CurvyEthyl 17:57, 17 September 2010

I'm not an outline.[edit]

The Angola travel guide isn't an outline anymore. --CurvyEthyl 22:10, 27 September 2010 (EDT)

Per Wikitravel:Article status, please update it as appropriate. Only star nominations need to go through any formal process to have their status changed. -- Ryan • (talk) • 23:44, 27 September 2010 (EDT)
This one still is an outline per Wikitravel:Country guide status, though. I'd say at the very least Luanda, Lubango, and Kissama would need to be usable, and the latter two are not. --Peter Talk 18:50, 28 September 2010 (EDT)

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