Luando Nature Reserve
This special Angola reserve is located in Malanje province occupying an estimated 828sq km. It was named a nature reserve in April 1938 and later in 1995, it was accorded status as a special Angola Reserve.
Luando River, from which the park gets its name, is found on the northern border of the park while Luasso and Cuanza rivers are found on the south and western boundaries respectively.
The park’s vegetation is dominated by the Brachystegia and Julbernardia woodlands, grasslands and papyrus swamps to the banks of the rivers. Some areas are covered in termitaria thickets and open savannah grasslands.. The area receives average rainfall of 1350mm per annum
The park is an integrated bird area with an estimated 264 bird species. There are four bird species of Guinea-Congo forest biome found in the park. Luando and Cuanza river banks attract more than 35 water birds. Some of the notable species in the park include wattle craned, Guinea Turaco, Dickson’s Kestrel, pale billed hornbill, racket tailed roller, Souza shrike, Rufous bellied tit, black backed barbet, Anchieta Barbet, Agola lark, Kurrichane thrush and the black necked Eremomela among many others
Some of the mammals found in the park include the leopard and the giant sable antelope among many others. Luando nature reserve is one of the Angola National parks and reserves that was gazetted to protect the endemic Giant sable antelopes.
Tourists to Luando integral Nature reserve can find accommodation in the capital Luanda with options liked Hotel Alvalade Luanda and Hotel Tropico Luanda which are located near the reserve.