Cangandala National Park occasionally referred to as Malange National Park, is situated in north-central Angola and is the smallest national park in the country.
It is a water-rich area with the Cuije River, as well as tributaries of the Cuaza River flowing in the north, east, and west respectively. This, together with receiving close to 1,350 millimetres of rain a year, makes for lush vegetation throughout that are recognised by papyrus swamps.
Woodlands species like Brachystegia and Julbernardia, as well as forest species like the Dombeya, Burkea, and Monotes are scattered throughout the landscape of Cangandala that consists of rolling sand-lime hills.
The protection of the giant sable was the motivation behind the establishment of Cangandala in the early 1960s. However, there is uncertainty about how many of these antelope still occur in the park.
Various bird species can be spotted in the park, including Angola Babbler, Souiza shrike, sharp-tailed glossy starling, Miombo Tit, Guinea Turaco, pale-billed hornbill, Finch’s Francolin, Anchieta barbet, and red-capped crombec.
The wet season in Angola lasts from October through April and the misty season—also called the “Cacimbo”—from May to September. For the best wildlife viewing, travellers should visit the country between June and September when it is cooler and drier.
A safari in Cangandala is conducted via game drive, but rest assured that tracking the animals won’t be a problem as they tend to gather around watering points.
There are currently no accommodation options in Cangandala, so visitors will have to opt for lodgings in the surrounding towns and settlements. Alternatively, arrangements can be made with established tour operators.