The 5 best places to visit in Equatorial Guinea

 

North west from mainland Equatorial Guinea, ​at the northern end the island of Bioko in the Gulf Of Guinea is the countries capital and largest city, Malabo. Among the preserved buildings from the Spanish colonial era, the most notable attraction is the Cathedral Of Santa Isabel. Dating from 1897 and built in a neo-Gothic style, it remains the iconic landmark of the city.

5. Malabo

 

In the western centre of the country,​ covering an area of some 2,000 square kilometres (772 square miles) is Monte Alen National Park, encompassing a landscape of mountains, river valleys and large forests. With easy access and well laid out trekking paths, visitors to the park can enjoy the chance of spotting 65 reptile and 105 mammal species that includes 16 primate species. The animals in the park include crocodile, chimpanzee, gorilla and the goliath frog, the largest frog in the world.

4. Monte Alen National Park

 

To the south west of mainland Equatorial Guinea, beneath the islands that make up Sao Tome & Principe in the Atlantic Ocean lies Annobon Island, one of those true 'off the beaten track' locations. From the small beach side capital of San Antonio De Pale its easy to spot pods of humpback whales in the waters around the island, or head inland to the small untouched forests where few tourists set foot.

3. Annobon Island

 

South of the capital, Malabo, in the centre of the island of Bioko is the 311 square kilometre (120 square mile) Pico Basile National Park, named after the 3,011 metre (9,878 ft) high mountain of the same name. The diverse landscape of mountains and jungle rainforest protects a large primate population that includes the Bioko drill, an endangered sub-species of the mainland drill.

 

Pictured is a Bioko drill.

2. Pico Basilé National Park

 

In the Gulf Of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean is the island of Bioko, and situated within the southern Highlands of the island is the small village of Moca, itself located within the Moca Valley, home to the native Buki tribe. From here hiking opportunities are plentiful, giving visitors the chance to head off along the forest trails of screaming monkeys to see Lake Biao and Lake Loreta. The favourite hike for visitors takes in the Moca Cascades, a waterfall that pours from the cloud topped peaks and streaks down the side of the forest lined volcanic ridges.

1. Moca Valley

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