Gabela, Angola

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commune and town
Gabela is located in Angola
Coordinates: 10°51′S 14°22′E / 10.850°S 14.367°E / -10.850; 14.367Coordinates: 10°51′S 14°22′E / 10.850°S 14.367°E / -10.850; 14.367
Country Angola
Province Cuanza Sul
Municipality Amboim
 • Land 4,642 km2 (1,792 sq mi)
Elevation[1] 942 m (3,091 ft)
 • Total 126,000
 • Density 15/km2 (40/sq mi)

Gabela is a town and commune in the municipality of Amboim, province of Cuanza Sul, Angola and the seat of that municipality. Its area comprises 4,642 km2 with a population of 126,000. It was founded as N'Guebela on September 28, 1907.[2][3]

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[edit]

Gabela used to have a mine with a 610 mm (2 ft) narrow gauge railway to Porto Amboim.


  1. ^ "Gabela, Angola Page". Falling Rain Genomics. 
  2. ^ "AMBOIM City Council". 
  3. ^ "Gabela, Angola Page". Archived from the original on 2008-07-23.