Gabela is a town in the province of Cuanza Sul, Amboim municipal, Angola. Its area comprises 4,642 km² with a population of 126,000. It was founded as N'Guebela on September 28, 1907.
Around the town, some areas of the Angolan Scarp savanna and woodlands with its unique plants and animals are still to be found. The Gabela Akalat (Sheppardia gabela), a species of bird, was first recorded here by scientists and subsequently named after the town, as were the Gabela Helmet-shrike (Prionops gabela) and Gabela Bush-shrike (Laniarius amboimensis); these endangered species are only found in the uplands near Gabela.
Mining and transport
Gabela used to have a mine with a 610 mm (2 ft) narrow gauge railway to Porto Amboim.