Bié Geo-Demographic Data
- Total Area - 70,314 Km2
- Population - 1,338,923
- Average Temperature - 20°C
- Climate – Altitude Mesoteric: dry, temperate
Bié is one of the 18 provinces of Angola. It has an area of 70 314 km² and its approximate population is 1.3 million inhabitants. Its capital is the city of Kuito.
It is formed by 9 municipalities: Andulo, Camacupa, Catabola, Chinguar, Chitembo, Cuemba, Cunhinga, Kuito and Nharea.
This province is shaped like a heart that beats right in the center of the country! It is comparable in size to Portugal and borders the following provinces:
- North: Kwanza Sul, Malanje, Lunda Sul.
- East: Moxico.
- South: Cuando-Cubango.
- West: Huila and Huambo.
The Kwanza River is born in this province, like most rivers in the country. For this reason, Bié has a high hydroelectric potential.
Bié was badly hit during the Angolan Civil War and is still recovering, some basic services such as electricity are already operating normally in the region.
Chinguar Church, Bié
The climate is temperate and dry, temperatures vary between 19ºC and 21ºC and there are 2 seasons: from October to April, which is hot and rainy; between May and September it is dry, with average temperatures of 2ºC and 10ºC in the coldest months and 18ºC to 25ºC in periods of warmer weather.
This province is a confluence area for a number of ethnicities. The Bieno, a subgroup of the Ovimbundu, whose name is related to the name of the province, prevails. There is some presence of Tcho-kwe groups that, in their migration from the northeast of Angola, arrived here. Finally there are here
small peoples in the Ganguela ethnographic category, such as the Lwimbi.
The population is mainly dedicated to agricultural and livestock activities.
The city of Kuito was named in the colonial era as Silva Porto. Often called the 'martyr city' for the effects of the war, this city that has rapidly changed with new buildings auspicious a bright future.
Bié's airport is Joaquim Kapango and is prepared for small and medium-sized aircraft.
There are 5 bus lines connecting Bié to the provinces of Huambo, Kwanza Sul, Kuando Kubango, Malange and Moxico.
Be dazzled by the Umpulo Forest Reserve, which has an area of 4,500km2 and enormous richness in exotic species. This reserve is bordered on the north by the Cunene River, on the east by the Chimbandanga River, on the west by the Kwanza River and on the south by the Chimbandanga River.
The Luango Integral Natural Reserve is also a must-visit. It is shared by Malange and is known as a bird paradise, given its wide variety. Here you can find Palanca Negra Gigante, Palanca Real, Songue and Inhala.
The Kambadua Lagoon, formed by a tributary of the Kakuito River, is 3 km long and 150 meters wide and is an excellent resource for sport fishing.
Wongo Falls are located 18km north of Kuito, on the Nduluma River, in the commune of Truba.
The Mutumbo Falls, in Chitembo, as well as the Lau-Lau Falls and the Luando River Falls, in Kukema, are ideal for bathing.
There are good river beaches in Bié. Praia Verde, in Kunhinga, and Praia Azul, in Andulo.
Also visit Kutato Island.
Places to visit
Cristo-Rei – was built by the Portuguese in the center of the province, in Kamakupa. It is located next to the landmark of the geographic center of the country. Kamakupa is 81 km east of Kuito.
Forte de Silva Porto and Forte de Munhango – secular monuments that deserve recovery and still worth visiting.
Jardim da Pouca-Vergonha, which owes its name to the statue of a naked woman found there.
Little Shame Garden