For a true adventurer’s holiday, Angola, in Southern Africa, could be the very thing. With some war-torn and rather potholed roads, you’ll need a four-by-four to get around, but transport is improving all the time, and the sights are definitely worth it, from beautiful beaches, churches and museums, to its very own volcanic fissure at Tunda-Vala. Kissama National Park (also known as Quiçama) is only 70km from the capital and is well worth a visit, with its amazing baobab trees, elephants, palanca antelopes and nesting sea turtles. For the architecture buffs, a must-see is the brightly-coloured Palácio de Ferro, designed by Gustave Eiffel and the pink Banco Nacional de Angola, with its striking dome, both in Luanda. Fortaleza de São Miguel on the bay was built in 1576 by the Portuguese and is the oldest building in Luanda and there are museums and old churches galore to while away the day.