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“Equatorial Guinea is a small land of uncompromised beauty. Interestingly enough, Equatorial Guinea is not on the equator but boasts some fantastic rainforest and animals. You’ll not have to get far off the road traveled to see gorillas, elephants, crocs and chimps—your photo gallery will brim with compelling photos of your adventures. If you’re in need of an active vacation away from the tourist gaggles overtaking other African countries—especially those with wildlife—then Equatorial Guinea offers true adventure.”

Equatorial Guinea Holiday Highlights

History & Culture - Equatorial Guinea consists of a mainland segment, known as Rio Muni, plus the islands of Bioko and Annobón and the islets of Corisco, Elobey Grande, and Elobey Chico. The area was colonized by the Portuguese in the late 1400s then traded to Spain in 1788. Equatorial Guinea was granted self-government in 1959 and full independence in 1968. It is one of the few territories in mainland Africa where Spanish is an official language,

The nation's capital, Malabo, is situated on the island of Bioko (formerly Fernando Po) which is formed from three extinct volcanoes. It is at the northernmost point of Equatorial Guinea just south of the equator. With the discovery of oil and gas in the Gulf of Guinea Malabo has become an oil town. There are oil platforms in the harbor and coastal refineries. Downtown there is attractive Spanish colonial architecture and a busy market. Arena Blanca is a white sand beach on Bioko where thousands of butterflies can be seen in the dry season. At Moca in the southern highlands you can learn the traditions of the indigenous Bubi people.

The main town on the mainland is Bata and it is larger than Malabo. It is being developed at a rapid rate although there are still plenty of traditional small markets. This city used to be a thriving seaport, and today still ships cargoes of timber products and coffee. Nearby there are beautiful white sand beaches. The Museum of Biyabiyan is 20 km (12.5 mile) west of the town of Ebebiyin and showcases traditional Fang sculptures and other works of art. The remote islet of Corisco has deserted white-sand beaches and small traditional communities.

Equatorial Guinea is also famous for the National Swimming Champion Eric Moussambani, known as "Eric the Eel".

Nature & Wildlife - Monte Alen National Park is a protected area covering 1400 sq km (540 sq mile). It has lush tropical forests that are home to gorillas, chimpanzees, leopards, forest elephants, crocodiles and many other species of animals, birds and butterflies. There are excellent guided day treks by trained villagers where you’ll see monkeys, a host of birdlife and butterflies, and, if you’re lucky, some larger mammals. The trails are generally well maintained and accessible, but hiking in the park can be hot, slippery and strenuous - stock up on water, dry clothes and other supplies. To see gorillas you generally need to go on a longer trek to stay at Esamalan Camp within Monte Alen. From there you take a six to eight hour walk to Lac Atoc, where elephants, sitatungas, buffalo, mandrils and other primates reside.

On the south of Bioko Island turtles come ashore on the beaches at Ureca to lay their eggs during the dry season. Villagers have been employed as guards to patrol the beaches during nesting season since 1996, as turtles and turtle eggs were previously popular food. The Cascades of Moca, Lake Biao and Lake Loreta are home to several species of monkey.

Walking, Trekking & Hiking - Take a walk, trek or hike in the popular Monte Alen National Park. You’ll have to trek slowly and carefully, as the terrain is rugged and steep. Some of the animals include a vast array of birds, some gorillas, mandrills, frogs (some around 4 kg), chimps, forest elephants, crocodiles and colorful butterflies. Most of the time, your tour operator will hire locals as porters, cooks and guides. You can even do some overnight hiking, as there are wilderness campsites available on a first-come basis.

On Bioko Island you can climb the slopes of the Pico Malabo volcano, which has several secluded hiking trails and mountain climbing opportunities, or enjoy the view from the 3,000m (9,843ft) Pico Basile where you can see Mount Cameroon on a clear day.

Mountain Biking - There is a nice loop for biking on Bioko Island with great scenery, greenery and ocean coasts. A tour from the southernmost town of Ureca to Malabo and back will afford some hilly climbs and decent descents. If you want mountains, then you’re best bet is Pico Quioveo, Pico Lago, or Pico Do Fogo, each 598 meters, 525 meters and 435 meters respectively. On the mainland, the main roads branch out from Bata, east and south. There are plenty of small towns and a few places to get food and water along the route. It’s wise to go with a guide that knows the best routes and a tour operator that can get you around safely. There are quite a few small “road police” en route, so keep your passport handy in the handlebar bag.

Fishing - There are many fishing spots along the long coast, or on any of the islands. Boat excursions to and around the islands can be arranged with a tour operator. Freshwater fishing in Equatorial Guinea is very rewarding. Some of the best places are the Benito River (Mbini), the Campo River (Ntem) and the Muni River (Muni). The fish here hooks catfish, Bonga Shad, Jewelfish, Kili and plenty more.



Feb 28, 2013

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea - President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, opened the 5th Conference of the Presidents of Assemblies and Sections of the African Region of the Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly (APF) with a call for stronger cooperation aimed at promoting peace as development and stability problems threaten states.

During his welcoming remarks, President Obiang recognized and appreciated the important role of the Parliament of the Francophonie. "We share the same French language, and we welcome your commitment to promote the values and ideas of peace, democracy, stability, and political, economic, social and cultural development with the people of Africa and the world. We are fully convinced that an international association of parliamentarians elected by their own people can discover and become an essential tool in the service of peace and development of nations, and we believe that this association has a great capacity to ensure exchanges and meet the aspirations of their people."

Equatorial Guinea is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, but it has adopted French as an official language. It is surrounded by French-speaking countries and plays an important role in regional organizations—such as the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa—that conduct business in French.

In his address to the conference, the President of the House of Representatives of Equatorial Guinea, Angel Seriche Dougan, said that the conference offered an opportunity to discuss African issues that affect the people and their development, the preservation of peace, and social stability. He said the conference's agenda would allow the participating nations to "seek multilateral cooperation measures to promote the development of our resources."

He also recalled the reform of the Basic Law adopted by the people of Equatorial Guinea, "which introduced new institutions that will allow greater participation in public affairs, and the limitation of the presidential term, which will result in the consolidation of democracy for future generations."

Rock Marc Christian Kabore, President of the African Regional section of the APF, presented President Obiang with the Grand Cross of the People, the Order of Francophonie and Dialogue of Cultures award for his numerous achievements in the development of Equatorial Guinea and his work in pursuit of the Francophonie.

"The Francophone parliamentary community in general, and the African region in particular, wish to take this opportunity to honor a son of Africa, President and Head of State, with the highest award of the Grand Cross of the People, Order of Francophonie and of Dialogue of Cultures. The Order of the Francophonie has an international vocation intended to recognize the merits of the personalities that are distinguished by their support for the ideals of the Francophonie," said Kabore.

Referring to the host nation, Kabore said, "Our region has wanted to testify to its solidarity with the people of Equatorial Guinea for their perseverance in the reconstruction and modernization of the country, under the auspices of its democratic institutions."

In his closing remarks, President Obiang highlighted the reform program undertaken in Equatorial Guinea, through the creation of new institutions and social programs. "As part of these reforms, we are committed to ensure a large participation of our citizens in the management of State affairs, as well as favoring the social integration of women and youth, along with a major boost in education, health and other social sectors."


Oct 21, 2013

NEW YORK, New York – In the ongoing celebration of the country’s 45th Anniversary of their Independence from Spain, South African Arts International is pleased to announce that Mrs. Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has been proclaimed “Mother Africa”.

“This covenant acclamation has been previously awarded to Mrs. Winni Mandela for her efforts in South Africa and the impact she rightfully exhorts worldwide”, said Victor Mooney founder and executive director of New York based South African Arts International, Ltd.

“The First Lady of Equatorial Guinea is the epitome of perfection”, Mr. Mooney added.

Mrs. Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, wife of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, social activities have made her a fundamental figure for the evolution of women and girls of Equatorial Guinea. The First Lady was recently presented with the Millennium Development Goals 2013 Women’s Progress award in New York recently.

She was born in 1952 in the town of Angong, near Mongomo, and studied in the school run by nuns in Bata. In 1985 she created the Equatorial Guinean Child Aid Committee (Canige), a non-governmental, apolitical and non-profit institution of which she is Honorary Chairwoman and through which she has carried out innumerable social works. For years she has personally been in charge of seeing that many children with especially complicated clinical cases receive medical attention even outside the country. The Canige also dedicates special attention to the fight against juvenile delinquency and has promoted the creation of the teaching centers of María Jesús Oyarregui (in memory of the mother superior of the St. Theresa’s convent where the First Lady studied), and the Nana Mangue of Malabo.

The First Lady of Equatorial Guinea also belongs to the National Committee of the Fight against AIDS, is honorary Vice Chairman of the Association for National Solidarity for the Disabled (Assonam) and holds similar positions in different social associations of Africa, such as Mission for Peace of the First Ladies of Central Africa. She has participated in numerous international meetings on women’s rights and the fight to improve with rights of the most vulnerable layers of society and was elected Doctor Honoris Causa by the Inter-American University of Humanistic Sciences of Buenos Aires. Mrs. Obiang is a graduate of the Martin Luther King University School of Teacher Training.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa.