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Malanje Province
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Posted on December 24, 2012, 12:04 pm
 

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Malanje is one of the 18 Provinces of Angola with some of the most amazing tourist attractions in the country and untapped minerals such as diamonds, limestone, uranium and phosphates in its subsoil.

With an area of 97,602 km², Malanje Province lies in the northern central region of Angola, bordering Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul Provinces to east, Bie Province to south, Uije Province and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north and Kwanza Norte and Kwanza Sul to the west.

 Malanje Province’s main natural attractions include the Kalandula waterfalls, the Black Rocks of Pungo Andongo and Kangadala National Park, which is the natural habitat of the Palanca Negra – a giant sable antelope, which is unique to Angola and one of the country’s most prominent national symbols.

Malanje is also the home of the mythical Queen Nzinga Mbandi and in this Province is located the largest hydroelectric power station of Angola, built on Capanda Dam shortly after independence.

The city of Malanje is the provincial capital, it is located at 450 km northeast of Luanda and it is the terminus of Luanda Railway (CFL). The city of Malanje has an airport and is connected to other regions of the country through paved roads.

Malanje’s climate is mainly humid, with average temperatures between 20°C and 24°C; and rainfall 900 mm to 130 mm in the rainy season (October to April). Municipalities in Malanje Province include Massango, Marimba, Cunda-dia-Baza, Caombo, Calandula, Cacuso, Kiwaba Nzoji, Mucari, Quela, Cambundi-Catembo, Quirima Cangandala and Luquembo.

Agriculture is the main economic activity; with cassava and maize being the source of “omnipresent” ingredients used by local inhabitants in their daily food options. Cassava porridge is the main dish, accompanied with cooked cassava or bean leaves, okra, hunt meats, beans and assorted kind of smoked fish always prepared with peanut butter or palm oil. The Cassava leaves stew are locally known as kizaca.

The native language of local inhabitants is the Kimbundu, one of the most widely spoken Bantu languages in Angola.

Nature Reserves
Malanje Province, sometimes misspelt as Malange, has a dense forest rich in Flora and a vast range of wild animals which include antelopes, wild dogs, the spotted hyena, cheetah, buffalo, monkeys, elephant, hares, wild boar, hippopotamus, crocodile, lion, leopard and pangolin. There are also many birds, such as wild ducks, guinea fowls, partridge, doves and green pigeons, among others.

Rivers The Province of Malanje is also abundant in terms of water resources which include two basins formed by the Zaire and Kwanza Rivers. The east and northeast of the Malanje Province has a network of rivers which flow into the river Cuango, one of the biggest tributaries of the river Zaire. The rivers Kuanza, Lucala and Luando are some of big ones found in Malanje.

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