Benguela Geo-Demographic Data
- Total Area - 37,802 Km2
- Population - 2,036,662
- Average Temperature - 24º
- Climate - Arid Tropical
- 9 Municipalities
Benguela is located on the central coast of Angola and borders Kwanza Sul, Huambo, Huíla and Namibe. This province is divided into 9 municipalities:
- large bay
The population is mostly from the Ovimbundu and Nganguela ethnic groups and the most spoken language in the region is Umbundu. Agriculture, fishing and livestock are the main activities of this population.
Its capital, the city of Benguela has 2,100 km² and about 513 thousand inhabitants. It borders on the north with the municipality of Lobito, on the west with the municipalities of Bocoio and Caimbambo, on the south with the municipality of Baía Farta and on the west with the Atlantic Ocean. The municipality is divided into six communes: Zone A, Zone B, Zone C, Zone D, Zone E and Zone F.
The capital of this province is known as the City of Red Acacias due to the color of these trees.
Benguela is also known for its magnificent beaches:
- Praia da Caota – excellent for underwater diving, it is located 10 km from the city center
- Praia da Caotinha – is a small beach but with very clear waters, reached by Morro da Caota
- Praia da Baía Azul – it was the blue of its waters that gave it its name
- Praia Morena – 3km long beach with very white sand, one of the favorites
20 km from Benguela, the Chimalavera Regional Park and 30km to the southeast, the Buffalo Reserve. The Cubal and Catumbela Forest Reserve and the Chongoroi Forest Reserve also exist in this region.
The province of Benguela is rich in fauna: Zebras, Lions, Elephants, Olangos, Golungos, Buffaloes, Jaguars, among other animals.
In Morro do Capelongo, Planalto Grande, Morro da Cimalavera, Maitse, Binga, Catengue, Coporolo and Coalongo you can see Antelopes, Lions, Elephants, Zebras, Buffaloes and Sables.
Access by road has been improving and the journey from Luanda in this way is pleasant due to the beautiful landscape.
There are airports in Benguela, 17 de Setembro, Lobito and Militar de Catumbela. There are 3 airlines flying to 17 de Setembro airport, TAAG, SAL and SONAIR.
By sea, it is also possible to reach Benguela, through Porto do Lobito.
Monuments and Places
In the province of Benguela, visit:
- The Church of Nossa Senhora do Pópulo, built in 1748 in the Baroque style;
- The Chapel of Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes, from 1957, where the Saint is celebrated on May 17th;
- The Chapel of Our Lady of Grace;
- The Government Palace, a beautiful example of colonial architecture;
- The Church of Nossa Senhora da Arrábida, from the 17th century, located in Lobito;
- The National Museum of Archeology;
- The Lobito Ethnography Museum;
- The Quilve Lighthouse in Lobito;
- The Lighthouse of S.Pedro da Catumbela;
- The Jomba Spa;
- The Platform with a panoramic view of Bela Vista.
example of the colonial architecture of Angola. There are many other buildings worth visiting for their architectural beauty.
Another of the main cities of Benguela, Lobito has one of the best natural ports on the African coast and this deep water port connects to the Benguela Railway.
This is where the longest railway line in Angola departs, which crosses the entire country and the borders of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This city is a weekend retreat for many Luanda residents, offering a calmer environment in the face of the pace of the Angolan capital.
Between Benguela and Lobito lies the small town of Catumbela, which, before the construction of the Port of Lobito, was an important agricultural and commercial city that prospered mainly thanks to the trade in sugar cane, ivory, slaves and palm oil.
This is the Benguela of today, if you want to know a little about the history of Benguela and look into the past, so far away, in images like 1878, we invite you to visit our page old cane. We hope you enjoy this time travel.