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Iona National Park, Angola

April 20th, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Angola - April 13th, 2009

Angola - April 13th, 2009

Iona National Park (Parque Nacional do Iona in Portuguese) is a National park in Namibe Province of Angola. It is about 200 km from the city of Namibe (top left) and, at 5850 sq. miles, the largest in the country.

Before the Angolan Civil War, Iona was an “animal paradise, rich in big game”. However, as is true for most Angolan national parks, illegal poaching and the destruction of infrastructure have caused considerable damage to the once rich park.

The park is also known for unique flora and incredible rock formations. Many rippled rows of sand dunes can also be seen near the coast.

The Cunene River (lower left quadrant, also spelled Kunene) marks the southern border of the park, as well as the border between Angola and Namibia. It is one of the few perennial rivers in the region. Here, it is spilling some greenish sediments into the Atlantic Ocean, which are flowing northward up the coast.

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