Destination Information for Equatorial Guinea
The small West African country of Equatorial New Guinea, bordered by Cameroon and Gabon, is made up of the mainland country and five offshore islands. It has a troubled political history, and as such is not the easiest country in terms of tourism, but many intrepid travellers do make the effort to experience unspoilt colonial Africa and the abundance of natural beauty which Equatorial New Guinea has to offer.
The country is a former Spanish colony, and evidence of this can still be seen in the architecture of the capital, Malabo, on the island of Bioko. Large areas of the mainland are now protected zones, as they are home to some of the world’s most endangered species of primates. These are popular areas for hiking, and you’ll be treated to the sight of gorillas, mandrills, chimpanzees, forest elephants, crocodiles and more. The Monte Alen National Park has an excellent hotel and is an affordable way to see rainforest wildlife up close.
The Rio Muni area, which includes the Monte Alen National Park, is also home to the port town of Bata. This is the second largest city of Equatorial New Guinea and is the best place to base yourself if you want to see a good mix of beaches, wildlife and nightlife.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
There is no British embassy in Equatorial Guinea. Please contact the FCO for advice.