Gone Fishing in Angola

As Angola’s sport ­fishing reputation spreads to Europe, tour  operators hope its newfound fame will help reel in other ­tourists too.

After years of isolation following nearly three decades of civil war, Angola is becoming a hot destination for anglers. Angolan angling is already popular among Southern Africans, but Paul Wesson, who founded his company Eco Tur in 2005, says the country has begun to attract tourists from Europe.

“There is a high level of expertise here in Angola, particularly in the area of competitive big game fishing,” explains Wesson. “There is also good tarpon and threadfin fishing available at the Kwanza River mouth.”

From November to April, large numbers of tarpon – a prized catch among sport fishermen – are found in the Kwanza, just south of Luanda. In ­August, shoals of Atlantic threadfin visit the lower reaches of the river.
Other Angolan hotspots include Kalandula Falls in Malanje Province, unspoilt wildlife parks, the mysterious rock formations of Pedras Negras and the Namib desert that straddles the border with Namibia. More……

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