Currently there are very few decent hotels in Luanda and I'm probably staying in the best one, the Tropico, which costs about $400 a night. I'd consider it a 3-star in the US, Europe or Asia. It is probably the hotel mentioned this week in Baobab, a blog published in the online version of the Economist Magazine which confirms Luanda's reputation as the world's most expensive city. See the following links for Baobab's explanation as to why it is so expensive.
On Friday I will be flying to Maputo in Mozambique, my second Portuguese-speaking African country, and I will write a report from there. There are two other former Portuguese colonies in Africa which are the Cape Verde Islands, off of Senegal in West Africa and Sao Tome and Principe, near Gabon in Equatorial Africa. The US has an embassy in Cape Verde so I may audit there someday. I'm very sure I'll never get to Sao Tome and Principe, one of the word's most isolated countries. Here are links for these two countries:
In ending this post, I recommend clicking on the following Youtube link to hear a haunting melody from Cape Verde's famous singer, Cesaria Evora. She is one of my favorites and I have several of her CDs. I believe her music captures the soul of Portuguese Africa.