Africa is not all about safari adventures, but also beautiful beaches, rainforests, and crude oil. These three attractions can all be found in Equatorial Guinea, a country located in Central Africa. Bordered by Gabon on the south and east with Cameroon to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the west, Equatorial Guinea features a wealth of natural beauty for travellers ready for challenging yet rewarding trips.
One unusual characteristic for Equatorial Guinea is that its capital is located in Bioko Island which lies just off the coast of Cameroon. The distance makes it necessary for tourists to fly to the destinations they want to visit in the mainland. This can require tourists to store a lot of patience especially on the commute when the bush taxis drive by bumpy roads.
Where to go
The mainland part of Equatorial Guinea features a wild country not often visited by tourists. Ecotourism is the byword here due to the number of national parks, reserves, and natural monuments to be found here. There is Monte Alen National Park where tourists can experience the rainforests and wildlife of Rio Muni. Hikers will have fun here due to the well-kept trails and campsites for those who want to spend a night under the stars. During the day is a fun time to explore due to the chance to spot mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants, and a host of other creatures.
The Cascades of Moca, found in the southern highlands of Equatorial Guinea, features a beautiful waterfall where one can relax for a while and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. After resting, travellers can then continue on to other attractions in the area such as Lake Biao, Lake Loreta, and the town of Moka. Those who want a taste of the city can venture to Bata, located on the north-western side of the mainland. This small city features African influences, especially in the marketplace where vendors hawk their goods, which can make suitable souvenirs.
Although an oil town with platforms and tankers, Malabo is a bustling capital where tourists can enjoy an interlude or two before going on to the next phase of their journey. The nightlife is fun here with plenty of restaurants and bars especially along Ave de la Independencia. This can enable one to enjoy various African delicacies in the capital.
São Tomé and Príncipe, a small island country just off the coast of Gabon, is a potential addition to a short-haul flight from Equatorial Guinea. One will see here the Ilheu das Rolas, a small islet on the southern tip of São Tomé. Travellers will find here Pestana Equador, an upscale resort. Although pricey, the amenities can be a comfort for travellers who want to pamper themselves with an indulgent beach interlude. Once properly rested, a trip to Lagoa Azul can be fit for those who want to snorkel. After seeing the marine creatures and corals, one can head to the shore to look for various bird species in the surrounding area.
Travellers interested in going on a long-distance trip can catch a flight to Frankfurt am Main in Germany. One will find here a lively student scene with a wide range of museums, parks, and nightlife entertainment. A particular landmark to see here is the Frankfurter Dom, a red sandstone cathedral in Gothic design. Concerts are frequently held on the grounds, which can be fun to experience. Römerberg, a lovely square in the city, is also a nice area to stop by due to the architectural styles of each building that date back to the 14th to 15th century.
How to get out
Those on their way to other destinations can fly out of Equatorial Guinea through Malabo International Airport. Airlines serving here include Africa's Connection STP, Air Annobon, Air France, Camair-Co, Ceiba Intercontinental Airlines, Cronos Airlines, Douniah Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Iberia, Lufthansa, Punto Azul, Royal Air Maroc, and Westair Benin.