In Equatorial Guinea, a mix of beautiful scenery and rich vegetation promises travelers a variety of enticing attractions. It’s rare that a feel of the African tropics, volcanic landscapes, relaxing coastal escapes, and Spanish colonial towns can all be enjoyed in one destination. Tourists generally start in the big cities like Bata and Malabo where they can find contemporary comforts and explore the culture at the markets and try local cuisine before venturing out to the surrounding areas where the wilderness awaits. Getting around may be a bit challenging but enjoyable for the adventurous, whether by bicycle, four-wheel drive vehicle or public transportation.
Monte Alen National Park
One of Central Africa’s secret treasures, Monte Alen is a protected area of tropical rainforests spanning 540 square miles (1,400 square kilometers). The National Park offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy activities like trekking, hiking and wildlife viewing. The forests are home to many species of animals including crocodiles, elephants, chimpanzees, and gorillas. Trained villagers can accompany visitors on a guided day tour to explain the history and significance of the region. The park also features many jungle trails where you may come across various bird species and possibly larger mammals. Getting here is possible from Bata via route taxi, which will stop at Evinayong or taxis will drop you off at EcoFac’s entrance.
This city lies on the mainland, 112 miles (180 kms) from Bata. It is seldom visited by tourists so there is a range of unique places to explore with a more tolerable climate. The surrounding area is ideal for nature enthusiasts and visitors can camp near one of the many secluded waterfalls.
Biokno Island’s Beaches
Bioko Island’s only white-sand beach is called Arena Blanca, which is best visited during dry season when several butterflies can be seen in the area. Luba is another destination that is less crowded and seldom frequented by tourists.
Beaches are the main attractions of Ureca, especially during dry season when mother turtles arrive on the shores to lay their eggs. Appointed villagers patrol the area during nesting season, but visitors are welcome to watch and explore the coastal scenery or go sunbathing. Ureca is also a good starting point for jungle hikes to Rio Eola waterfalls, known for its pristine pools where swimming is allowed.
Situated in the southern highlands of Equatorial Guinea, Moca Valley is home to plenty of natural attractions including Lake Biao, Lake Loreta and the famous Cascades of Moca which house different species of monkeys. Moca Valley is also home to the town of Moka, which is named after King Mookata from the Bubi.
A major city in Equatorial Guinea, Bata is found on the island of Rio Muni. The less commercialized feel makes it more peaceful than the bustling capital, Malabo, but travelers and visitors alike can feel more at home with newer roads, better electricity, a lovely waterfront, and small markets. Traditional African influences are still seen in the city, particularly in the marketplace where you can buy local dresses and other produce like fresh fish. Bata is lively at night because of its discos and clubs.
Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial
The National University of Equatorial Guinea or UNGE in Malabo is the place to visit for Spanish colonial architecture notable for their low, sprawling structures and distinctive arches. The campus grounds are grassy and there is a statue of Equatorial Guinea’s president, Teodoro Obiang welcoming you. Visiting the university’s older section is a must to see the traditional classrooms arranged in a semi-circle surrounding the lawn.
Address: Carreta Luba s/n, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program
If you’re looking for a lesson in Equatorial Guinea’s wildlife, head to Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program. They organize expeditions to the remote Gran Caldera de Luba area of Bioko Island where nesting sea turtles, several species of primates and unspoiled wilderness await in this unique look at diverse flora and fauna.
Address: Calle Botuku Luba S/N, Barrio Presidencia, Malabo, Bioko Norte, Equatorial Guinea
Phone: +240-240-56-57-88 or +240-222-73-65-73