Angola

The official currency of Angola is the new kwanza AOA and has been one of Africa's more stable currencies for the last few years. As of April 2014, USD1 = AOA97.4, €1 = AOA134.5, and GBP1 = AOA163.5.

Although the import or export of any sum of kwanza had been strictly prohibited, the ban was lifted in February 2012, so travellers are now allowed to bring in or take out up to AOA50,000.

Just south of Luanda, the Benfica Handcrafts Market offers the best prices for handcrafts and souvenirs. This is an open market where local artists and artisans display their products, and bargaining is not only acceptable, but recommended. The products range from sculptures and paintings to jewellery, batik cloths and accessories.