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Welcome to Angola, an undiscovered paradise of rock. From the monolithic conglomerate towers in the jungle of Pedras Negras to the granite domes of Kwanza Sul, Angola has it all.

As of 2024, a new wave of climbing development in the country is taking off with the help of the Climb Angola collective. Pedras Negras, Conda, Sumbe and Serra da Leba are the areas with most active development, although granite towers and domes throughout the country await first ascents.

Recommended to bring a 70m rope and a trad rack, although there's enough sport routes now to make a sport only trip enjoyable. The climbing community has good relationships with the communities around the crags and more route development is encouraged, so bring a drill if you have one.

Follow @climbangola on Instagram for the latest updates or get in touch on WhatsApp to plan a trip: +244-944-600-288.

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Angola is taking steps to make tourism more accessible in the country. In 2023, a long list of European and North/South American countries can now travel to Angola without applying for a visa beforehand. Once in the country, most areas are 4-5 hours drive time from Luanda, making weekend trips complicated, but not impossible.

Lubango is an 1 1/2 hour flight from Luanda, and a taxi can be arranged from the airport to Serra da Leba. If visiting Angola for climbing, it's highly recommended to make a stop there.

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If you're interested in developing new routes in Angola, we welcome you with open arms. The climbing community has prioritized forming good relationships with the communities near the crags and new routes, both trad and sport, are welcome.

Serra da Leba has the highest potential for development in the country, with the all year climbing season and ease of access. Pedras Negras is a close second, if you're in the country during the dry season (May-October) and can prepare to bush camp. Both Serra da Leba and Pedras Negras have electricity for charging drill batteries.

We encourage using 316 stainless steel for bolts and anchors, especially in the north. Serra da Leba in the south is drier and a cheaper steel can be acceptable. Zinc-plated is not allowed in the country at all. The intense rainy season and sporadic visits by climbers mean that bolts can degrade without notice. Invest in the routes correctly and they will last a long time.

Get in touch with Climb Angola (WhatsApp +244-944-600-288) for more information.

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