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Malanje is the capital city of Malanje Province in Angola with a population of approximately 222,000. It is located 380km east of Angola's capital Luanda. Near it are the spectacular Calandula waterfalls, the rock formations of Pungo Andongo, and the Capanda Dam. The climate is mainly humid, with average temperatures between 20and and rainfall 900to in the rainy season .HistoryPortuguese rulePortuguese settlers founded Malanje in the 19th century. The construction of the railway from Luanda to Malanje, in the fertile highlands, started in 1885. The environs of Malanje included the principal cotton-producing area of Portuguese West Africa and drove its development since the beginning. The town developed in the mid-19th century as an important feira (open-air market) on Portuguese Angola's principal plateau, between Luanda — the territory's capital and largest city, to the west - and the Cubango River valley, inhabited by Northern Mbundu peoples, 200km to the east. Situated at an elevation of, the town had a high-altitude tropical climate, ideal to several agricultural productions. The city developed as an important agricultural, manufacturing, trading and services centre. Its productions included cotton, textiles, coffee, fruit and corn, and among its facilities it had cinema, hospital, railway station and airport. The Cangandala National Park, was established by the Portuguese authorities on 25 June 1970, having previously been classified as an Integral Natural Reserve on 25 May 1963.In the build up to your vacation in Malanje, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Angola trip itinerary site.
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