Equatorial GuineaLuscious vegetation and breathtaking scenery, pristinely-untouched stunning sandy beaches and striking snow-capped volcanoes are what make Equatorial Guinea one of west central Africa's popular destinations. Blessed with spectacular sights and sounds, rainforests filled with primates and exotic species of birds as well as cultural active pursuits, this tiny little country is ideal for those looking for a touch of the unusual. Located on the northern coast of Bioko Island and beautifully between Pico Malabo on one side and high ocean waves on the other, Malabo is the capital and main port of Equatorial Guinea, a small but attractive town with pleasant Spanish colonial architecture, numerous attractions and a plethora of activities to experience and enjoy.
Composed of Rio Muni, the mainland portion and five inhabited offshore islands, Equatorial Guinea covers a total area of 10,831 square miles (28,051 sq km). Volcanic in origin, Bioko Island (formerly called Fernando Po) is the largest island, shaped like a boot, featuring 195-kilometer steep and rugged coastline, short cascading streams, several scenic beaches and excellent harbors. The other islands are Annobón, Corisco, Elobey Grande and Elobey Chico. Rio Muni is a jungle enclave rising sharply from the narrow coastal mangrove and swamping towards the heavily forested African Plateau.
Equatorial Guinea experiences an equatorial hot and humid climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The average temperatures are high; the rainfall is heavy on the coast, and November to March is characterized by tornado, a hot and dry wind. The best tome to go to Equatorial Guinea is during the dry season, from May to September.
Though facilities for tourism are limited yet there is so much to see and explore. The islands and mainland provide access to rainforests, colonial back-water villages full of traditional cultures, and volcanic mountain sides. Adventure experiences include bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, canyoning, 4-wheel driving and so on. Bioko Island offers a nice loop for biking with great scenery, greenery and ocean coasts. Freshwater fishing in such places as Benito River, the Campo River and the Muni River is very rewarding. Fish species include Bonga Shad, Kili, catfish, Jewelfish and others. Do not miss out to see the butterflies at Arena Blanca, visit a market in Malabo and go trekking in Monte Alen Park to see gorillas, forest elephants, crocodiles and a variety of birds.
Accommodation options in Equatorial Guinea range from budget type motels to 5-star hotels and luxury resorts, offering quality service and everything comfortable to make your vacation a lifelong experience. The Sofitel Malabo President Palace is a true example of luxury, located right in the historic heart of the capital, close to all the key cultural attractions and only 10 minute from the airport. The hotel feature spacious air conditioned guestrooms with in-room service, satellite TV service, wireless high-speed internet access, phone, clock radio and 24-hour room service. Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility.
Head to wonderful country of Equatorial Guinea where rich wildlife, spectacular natural and cultural attractions are waiting to be explored!