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This is the second province in Angola whose capital city has the same name as the province. Malanje has a great number of tourist attractions, like the Pedras Negras de Pungo Andongo, Morro do Bongo, Mesa da Rainha Ginga (Queen Ginga's Table), among others.

Pedras Negras de Pungo Andongo

The greatest dam in the country is in Malanje, in the municipality of Kapanda, There are 13 municipalities in Malanje: Malanje, Massango, Marimba, Calandula, Caombo, Cunda Dia Baza, Cacuso, Cuaba Nzogo, Quela, Mucari, Cangandala, Cambudi-Catembo, Quirima Uquembo. Agriculture is the main economic activity, the main ingredients of the local diet are kizaca, usse, game, kihanza, ginguinga, which are always accompanied by mandioc or com porridge.

There are three production centres of handicraft in Malanje, in the municipalities of Marimba, Quirima and Massango, where the products manufactured are baskets, sofás, dolls, seives, pestles and mortars and the hats of the sobas, or chiefs, called kijunga, wooden combs, pipes and many other objects. Instruments which are used in the people's daily lives are the bamboo spoon and the jungofe.

There is a large number of e1hnic groups in this province, namely the Gingas, Bângalos, Dongos, Ngolas, Songos, Quirima, Massue1a, Maholo, Maiacas, Vungalos, Mahungos, Minungos, Xingue and Luindos, which are divided in three linguistic groups: Quimbundo, Quicongo and Ambundu.


Useful Information
Police: Tel: (051)22788
Fire and Ambulance. Service: Tel: (051)21005
Hospital: Tel. (051) 20784
Red Cross: Tel: (051) 22127
Angola Telecom: Tel: (051) 20055
Tourism Delegation: Tel: (051) 21488

The climate is mainly humid, with average temperatures between 20 and 24°C and rainfall 900mm to 130mm in the rainy season (October to April)


How to get there
By air

TAAG, Sal and Air Gemini fly to Malanje.

By road
From Luanda/Kwanza to the North/Malanje. The roads are in a bad state of repair at present but the west-east road which crosses the province has the best surface. This runs through the municipalities of Cacuso, Malanje, Caculama and the community of Xandel in the municipality of Quela. There are surfaced secondary roads to Calandula and Cangandala.

Nature Reserves
There is a vast range of tame and wild animals; cattle, sheep and goats, rabbits and felines. Among the wild animals, there are the giant black palanca, wild dogs (mabeques), the spotted hyena, the cheetah, gunga, kissoma, puku, songue, common barnbi, pacaça, monkey, elephant, hare, red palanca, golungo, nunce, buffalo, wild boar, hippopotamus, crocodile, lion, leopard and pangolim.

There are also many birds, such as ducks and other water fowl, jova, guinea fowl, partcidge, doves and green pigeons, among others. The Kangandala National Park, was established on 25th June, 1970, having previously been classified as an Integral Natural Reserve on 25th May, 1963. It has an arca of 600 km2.

As far as water resources are concerned, there (1 are two basins formed by the River Zaire and the River Kwanza. The east and north-east of the province has a network of rivers which flow into the River Cuango, one of the biggest tributaries of the River Zaire.
The Rivers Cuanza, Lucala, Luando, Monolo and Cambo.

Quipemba Lagoon, in the municipality of Kambundi Katembo, Dombo Lagoon, in the municipality of Luquembo, Sagia Lagoon, in the municipality of Quela.

Forest Reserves
Caminho de Ferro de Malanje (Malanje Railway):
This reserve has na area of 200 km2 and is flanked in the north by the Picada do Zenza from Itombe to Cambondo; to the west, by Zenza do Itombe, to the east by the Picada which runs from Cambondo to the Ndalatando road; to the south, by the straight line which runs from Zenza do Itombe to the picada do Cambondo along the Ndalatando road.

Luondo and MiJando Forest Reserve: There are also the reserves of Luondo and Milando in the municipalities of Cangandala and Kundia-Dia.

Samba-Lucala Forest Reserve: This area has 400 km2 and is constituted by a mosaic ofvalleys and savannahs with vegetation typical to the plain and to the coastline, for example: Annona, Cobretum and Piliostigma. It is flanked to the north and west by the River Kionga and to the south and east by the River Cauneia.

Main Tourist Attractions
Calandula waterfall, 85 km. from the city. These falls are 105 metres high and their great width makes them the main tourist attraction in the region. It is a breathtaking sight.

Pedras Negras de Pungo Andongo, 116 km. from the city are also well worth a visit. This mixture of sheer beauty and mystery rises up suddenly from the vegetation, a scene of extraordinary interest. Huge granite stones of staggering power were the scene of orgies and torture sessions held by Queen Jinga, according to legend.

The main tourist attractions in Malange are the fumas de cacolo, in the municipality of Cacuso, the Isle of Kwanza, in the municipality of Cangandala, cucho-zamussango, in the municipality of Massango, Morro do Bongo in the munucipality of Quela, Pedras Negras de Pungo-Andongo, Mesa da Rainha Ginga, in Calandula, Kalandula Falls, Luondo Falls, in the municipality of Cangandala, S. Francisco José Falls in Kambundi - Katembo, the Colo Falls, and the Rapids of Luino in the municipality Kunda Dia-Base.

Quedas de Agua de Kalandula

Cultural Tourism
If you like old buildings, Malanje is the province to visit due to its wealth of civilian, religious and funerary constructions. Among the civilian buildings, there is the old building known as Velho Diogo (Old Diogo), in the Rua do Soldado Desconhecido.

As far as religious buildings are concemed, there is the Evangelical Church at Quêssua and as for funerary constructions, the Tomb of Rainha (Queen) Ginga Mbandi, the tomb of Ngola Mbandi, The Cemeteries at Cambundi Catembo and at Kizenga, the Tomb of Zé Machado, and the tombs in the historic cemeteries in the municipalities of Caculama e Cacuso.

Capital: Malange; Area: 97.602 sq. Km; Population: 700.000 inhab.; City Councils: 14 – Massango, Marimba, Calandula, Caombo, Cunda-dia-baza, Cacuzo, Cuaba Nzogo, Quela, Malange, Mucari, Cangadla, Cambundi-Catembo, Luquembo, Quirima; Climate: Tropical; Main Products: agricultural: cotton, mandioc, peanut, beans, corn, sunflower, rice, sisal; minerals: diamonds, radioactive minerals, copper; Others: farming.