Where is Equatorial Guinea? Located in Central Africa, and covering an area of 28,000 square kilometers, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea consists of its mainland region, the Rio Muni, several offshore islands (including Elobey Chico, Elobey Grande, Corisco, and Annobón) and the insular islands of Bioko. The insular territories of Equatorial Guinea reside in the Gulf of Guinea and the volcanic islands of Annobón.
Interestingly, São Tomé and Príncipe, the island nation state, is located between the Bioko Islands of Annobón.
Rio Muni shares its eastern and southern borders with Gabon, whereas Cameroon touches its northern border. Bata, Equatorial Guinea's largest city and its planned future capital of Oyala are located on the mainland. Currently, Bioko is the site of the capital city, Malabo.
Where is Equatorial Guinea in history? Bioko was formally known as Fernando Pó, a reference of the Portuguese explorer Fernando Pó, who is credited with discovering the land. However, later, the islands shifted between Portugal and Spanish territory, which over the course of 500 years, led to eventual independence in 1968. The country has been growing, and began thriving since the discovery of large oil reserves in 1996. Equatorial Guinea offers a diverse range of tourist destinations. Places to visit in Equatorial Guinea include:
Monte Alen National Park
The protected tropical forests offer an exquisite experience into the beauty and serenity of nature. It rings with the jubilant jabbering of chimpanzees and gorillas, the chirping of exotic birds, and the remarkable lifestyles of other animals including crocodiles and forest elephants.
If you are looking to have most of the exotic white and sandy beaches to yourself, then take one of the “bush taxis” through the traditional African communities on the tiny island of Isla Corsico. Located just a few miles off Rio Muni, it is as yet untouched by tourism and hence, development. Although transportation through the “bush taxis” may seem unappealing, the rewards are worth it, making it one of the best places to visit in Equatorial Guinea.
The mainland covers everything from the River Ntem in the north, to the southeastern border with Gabon. The port town of Bata is a great place to revert to the contemporary life in Equatorial Guinea.
Beyond Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s natural beauty shines across the rain forest covered volcanic islands, home to some of the most endangered primate species. Travel towards the beaches and you will find solace in seeing the turtles laze in the sand or laying eggs.