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PROVINCE Huambo

Huambo

Geo-Demographic Data

Total area
34.270km2

Population
1.896.147

Climate
Tropical altitude

Temperature

19 º C
11 Municipalities





Huambo province covers an area of 34.270km2 in central and southern Angola and its capital is the city of Huambo.

Huambo has 11 municipalities:
  • Huambo
  • Londuimbale
  • Bailundo
  • Mungo
  • Tchindjenje
  • Ucuma
  • Ekunha
  • Tchicala-Tcholoanga
  • Catchiungo
  • Longonjo
  • Caála
Climate

Huambo has a highland tropical climate, with an average temperature of 19 º C, with two seasons: a dry and cold season and a rainy season, where the heat is almost not felt due to constant rainfall.


Huambo city

Population and Economy

Most of the population belong to the ethnic group Ovimbundo and the main national language is Umbundu.

The main activity of the population is agriculture and the province was once considered the barn of Angola, with crop being the main maize.

The province was badly affected by the war and is under reconstruction and working to regain the country's second industrial park.

Mineral reserves are yet to be explored and in terms of tourism is a region with enormous potential because of its rivers and elevations that allow ecotourism, adventure sports etc.

The capital, Huambo

Huambo is 1,700 m above the sea level and during ‘cacimbo’ season, between May and August can be very cold, especially at night when the temperature can drop up to 4 º C.


Huambo city

Due to its central location, this city became an important railroad center for the Benguela railway, which carried copper from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia to the port of Lobito to export.


Huambo city


Access and Infrastructures

The railway line that comes from Lobito, passes through Huambo.

The airport receives large and small planes.


Cuando's Dam

There is also road access from Luanda, Benguela, Huila and Bie. The city of Huambo is an important junction of roads between the capital, other provinces and neighboring countries.

Nature and Places to Visit

It is in Huambo that we find Kavongue Forest Reserve, with an area of 39km, and 20km away from the capital is unavoidable Kuando Bayou, which has a rare beach on the plateau, due to dam Ngove, with excellent conditions for swimming, fishing and navigation.


Lubiri Mount, High Hama.

It is also in this province, south of Luimbale and approximately 42km southwest of the city of Huambo, in the municipality of Ekunha, that locates the Moco Mount, the highest point in Angola, with 2.620m.

Mount Moco is an attraction for those practicing rappelling, paragliding and canoeing. Other sites are also prone to these sports: Pedra Alemã, Ganda-Kawe Stones, Kambundu Stone, Caça-Yombua Stone, Caminhamba Stone, Morro da banguela, Morro de Cachiungo and Morro de Santo António.

The rivers Keve, Cunene, Caalai, Cunhangâmua, Capanda, Anhara and Fifty are rich in fish and therefore excellent for fishing.


Keve river

About 90km west of Huambo city are the Mupas of Cuiva, in the municipality of Ukuma, with cascades and choppy waters conducive for kayaking sport.

Caála is located 23km west of Huambo and it is here that we find one of the first churches rebuilt in the province, the chapel of Nossa Senhora do Monte.

In the north is Mount Nganda, an impressive group of rocks that was once the capital of the kingdom Bailundo. Among the rocks we find some caves.

Also worthing a visit is the Center for Floral Studies and the Sacaála Center for Studies, the Town Hall, the Municipal Anthropological Museum, the Regional Museum of Huambo, the Ruins of Embala Grande and the Tomb of King Ekuikui, in Bailundo.

There are also several municipal gardens and flower fields, where you can enjoy the dahlias, flower which one say there are more than 500 varieties in the province.