Equatorial Guinea is a tiny West African country that few travellers make it to. With a corrupt government, a population living mostly in poverty, and difficulty getting visas, some might find it surprising that anyone makes it there. But those that do know that it’s worth it.
Equatorial Guinea rewards the adventurous with remote beaches and wild rainforests teeming with life. It might not be the easiest trip you’ll ever make, but an Equatorial Guinea safari is well worth the effort.
Much of Equatorial Guinea’s soil is volcanic, and its landscape is largely forested mountains. It is home to many of the big-name African animals, including elephants, lions and gorillas. It is also home to many less well-known species, some of which are unique to the region. They include the West African Manatee – also known as a sea cow.
On the mainland, head to the Monte Alen National Park. There, you’ll get an introduction to the country’s wildlife, as well as a warm welcome from its people. Expect to see primates, elephants, crocodiles and a whole host of birds and butterflies.
On Bioko Island, around 30 km off the coast; you can see sea turtles nesting on the beach in the November to February dry season. The sand is volcanic black on the island, making for spectacular scene! The island is also home to a large number of primates and birds. There is a wildlife research centre there too, where you can learn more about what is one of the most bio-diverse places in Africa.
An Equatorial Guinea safari is a truly off the beaten track wildlife experience. Enjoy its pristine jungle, untouched beaches and colourful species.