Equatorial Guinea is a small country in West Africa, divided into two parts the mainland and the islands. This former Spanish colony, borders Cameroon & Gabon, and It is one the largest oil producing countries in Sub Sahara behind Angola and Nigeria
Few facts about Equatorial Guinea
Language– Both Spanish and French are official languages but most people speak native languages as their mother tongue, including Fang and Bubi.
Climate– Equatorial Guinea has tropical climate with one dry season that usually lasts from December to February. Temperatures remain constant throughout the year, averaging between 29-32 degrees Celsius. The wettest months are May and June.
Best time to visit– The dry months are between December and February to visit Equatorial Guinea.
AFCON 2015 will be held at Equatorial Guinea from the 17th January to the 8th February 2015 so you have the perfect excuse to visit the country. But before departing please note that a visa is needed for entry.
Attractions to explore between match schedules…
- Malabo- The capital city is home to Spanish buildings leftover from colonial days. The Presidential palace is vast but off limits. There is a small biodiversity centre in Moka that is worth a visit. If you enjoy hiking, check out the Pico Malabo volcano.
- Bata- The country’s largest city. It is situated on the mainland and it is a port city. Bata has decent hotels, a popular market and good nightclubs.
- Monte Alen National Park- A protected wildlife park where you can enjoy tropical forest that are home to leopards, gorillas, forest elephants and many other animal species, birds and butterflies.
- Beaches and Markets- One of the best ways to enjoy a day in any town, is to head for the local market, followed by the beaches like Luba and Mbini.
Its unfortunate some people think that Africa is one big country but FYI its not and there are no Ebola cases that have been reported in Equatorial Guinea.