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Cangandala Park is ranked as the smallest national park in Angola covering only 600sq km. It is drained by the Cuije River on the northern boundary and Cuaza river tributaries in the east and west. It was first recognized as a game reserve in 1963 but gained national park status in June 1970. It is sometimes referred to as Malange National Park.
Since the park receives nearly 1350mm of rainfall per year, there is an easy distribution of vegetation. A large area of the park is covered by woodlands of mainly Brachystegia and Julbernardia while other forest species found in the park include the Dombeya, Burkea and Monotes among many others. On the edge of the rivers are scattered patches of grasslands, forest woodlands and papyrus swamps
This Angola National Park is found in Malanje Province in north central Angola. It is bordered by two towns Techongolola and Culamagia in the south and east respectively.
The park was formed to protect the numbers of Giant Sable antelopes that roamed the area in the early 1960s. Today, there isn’t any factual statistics about the remaining numbers of these antelopes in Malange Park
Some of the birds in the park include the Guinea Turaco, Pale billed hornbill, Finch’s Francolin, Anchieta barbet, red capped crombec, Angola Babbler, Souiza shrike, sharp tailed glossy starling, broad tailed Paradise and the Miombo Tit among many others