Cuito Cuanavale

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Cuito Cuanavale
Cuito Cuanavale is located in Angola
Cuito Cuanavale
Cuito Cuanavale
Location in Angola
Coordinates: 15°10′S 19°10′E / 15.167°S 19.167°E / -15.167; 19.167Coordinates: 15°10′S 19°10′E / 15.167°S 19.167°E / -15.167; 19.167
Country Angola
ProvinceCuando Cubango
 • Total35,610 km2 (13,750 sq mi)
 • Estimate 
 • Density1.8/km2 (5/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Cuito Cuanavale is a town and municipality in Cuando Cubango (Kuando-Kubango) province in Angola.[1][2] The names Kuito Kuanavale or Kwito Kwanavale are sometimes used, although this is a mutation of the original Portuguese name.

It covers an area of 35,610 square kilometres (13,750 sq mi) and its estimated population as of 2006 is 65,441 inhabitants.[3] Cuito Cuanavale is bordered to the north by the municipality of Luchazes, to the east by the municipality of Mavinga, to the south by the municipality of Nancova, and to the west by the municipalities of Menongue and Chitembo

The area around the town was the scene of heavy fighting during various campaigns during the Angolan Civil War and the South African Border War, with the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale from 1987-1988 being the largest land battle in Africa since World War II. The town is served by Cuito Cuanavale Airport.


The town owes its name to two local rivers: the Cuito and the Cuanavale.[4] The city day is celebrated on October 21, with an annual celebration being organized for the occasion.

Cuito Cuanavale was the site of the battle of Cuito Cuanavale during the Angolan Civil War and South African Border War, which occurred from August 1987 to March 1988, where Cuban and Angolan forces fought against insurgents of UNITA and the Apartheid regime of South Africa, marking it as Africa's largest conventional battle since World War II.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "City councils of Angola". Statoids. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  2. ^ "Reference Center: Provinces". Angolan Embassy in the United States. Archived from the original on 11 Feb 2006.
  3. ^ Angola Statistics: Kuando Kubango. GeoHive. Source: Instituto Nacional de Estatística, Angola. Instituto Nacional de Segurança Social, Angola.
  4. ^ "Perfil do Município do Cuito Cuanavale" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 22 Mar 2016.