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PROVINCE Zaire

Zaire

Total Area
40,130 Km2

Population
567.225

Temperature
26 º C

Climate
Tropical Moist

6 Municipalities






Zaire is a province of Angola located in the extreme northwest of the country. It has an area of 40,130 km² and its population is approximately 568 thousand inhabitants.

Zaire province is located between the Atlantic Ocean in the west, the north it borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo, east with the province of Uige, and south with the province of Bengo. The province falls within the transition zone and is characterized by its ground plane.

It is composed by these municipalities:
  • M'Banza Kongo
  • Soyo
  • N'Zeto
  • Cuimba
  • Nóqui
  • Tomboco
Its capital is M'Banza Kongo, which is far from Luanda at about 481km and 314 km from Uige. It was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kongo and designated São Salvador do Congo until 1975.

Nzeto - Mbaza Kongo Road
N'zeto - M'Banza Kongo Road. Photo by Taha Ayoub.

Climate

Tropical wet and semi-arid. The temperature in the area varies from 24 º C to 26 º C. It has two seasons: from November to May, the rainy season, from June to October, the dry season.

Access

By road it is possible to come from Luanda, passing by Bengo.

There are two airports, one in Soyo and other in M'Banza Congo, which receive large and small aircraft.


Soyo Airport

Population

The national language spoken in the province is the Kikongo. The predominant ethnic group in the region is the Bakongo.
The population of this province also lives of artisanal fisheries, salt and agricultural activity.


Mediatheque

Economy

The main natural resources are oil, phosphate, copper, gold, zinc, bitumen, tungsten, tin, mica, lead, magnite, vanadium, timber and fishing.

The extraction is mostly mineral oil, iron, zinc, phosphorus and asphalt. In Soyo are installed the major oil companies that hold the majority of the population.

Agriculture is cassava, coffee, citrus, peanuts, potatoes, cashews, banana, sorghum, palm oil and castor oil.



Industry: Fishing and building materials.

The fishing is one of the most important sources of income for part of the population, especially along the coast. There are also fishing activities in rivers and lakes, especially in Zaire river, between Soyo and Nóqui.

Livestock: goats, pigs and chickens.

Nature

Characterized by savanna and moist and dense forest, this forest has precious woods. The best known of these is the black wood.

The province has some rivers being the main, Zaire, Mbridge, Lufunde, Zadi, Cuilo, Buenga.

To Visit
  • Spell Stone, located in Soyo

Spell Stone
  • Baia da Musserra, is located 56km from N'Zeto and is great for swimming and water sports
  • Zau Evua Caves, 80 km from the town of Kongo M'Banza
  • M'Bdrige River Falls, located in Cuimba, their rapid waters offer conditions for canoeing and rafting
  • Mouth of the Congo River, where the river meets the sea causing a noisy spectacle of rare beauty

Congo River
  • Pululu Chanel, in Kwanda, Soyo, where a motorized canoe ride is appreciated to enjoy the landscape
  • Kimbumba Canal, located 2km east of the city of Soyo
  • Caves Senga
  • Sereias Beach, in Soyo, ideal for relaxing and good baths

Sereia Penninsular
  • Pobres Beach, located in a prime area of the city of Soyo, on the left bank of Zaire river
  • Musserra Bay, located in N'Zeto, 56 km from the county seat
  • Yala Nkuw (Tree of force or blood)in M'Banza Kongo, being the only example in Africa and the place where the King of Congo ran the sentences, according to local legend, this tree bleed in honor of those who sit under it
  • Ruins of the Cathedral, 1st Church of Angola, built in 1491, in M 'Banza Congo. It was visited by Pope John Paul II
  • Kulumbimbi Museum, former home of the King, located on M 'Banza Kongo
  • Churches Square (Cathedral Kulumbini, Baptist Church, Diocese)
  • Porto Rico and Porto Pinda, which served as ports for exporting slaves
  • Ponta do Padrão, located in Soyo, the 1st port that served for the discovery of Angola by Diogo Cão in 1482
Events

The festivities occur on July 25 in M 'Banza Kongo and Soyo on April 5.

Gastronomy

Typical dishes are sacafolha (made with cassava leaves), dishes made with fresh and dried fish accompanied by funge de bombo and dishes with hunted meat.