The Political Map of Equatorial Guinea shows the international and provincial boundaries, the national capital, and provincial capitals.
Located on the west coastline of Central Africa, Equatorial Guinea consists of Río Muni (the mainland territory) that is surrounded by Cameroon (North); Gabon (East and South) as well as 5 small islands, namely Corisco, Bioko, Small Elobey (Elobey Chico), Great Elobey (Elobey Grande) and Annobón. Rio Muni is primarily the forest with plants on the seaside plains and some hills. Bioko upsurges steeply to 2 main peaks in the South and the North. The southern part of the country is rocky and inaccessible. Cultivation and life exist on the other region of the slopes; the forest is dense above the farming land and the beaches surrounding the islands are mesmerizing.
Know more about Equatorial Guinea
The total population of the country is 1,408,379 (UN Data) as of Aug 2020 with a life expectancy of 59.82 years for both sexes. The infant mortality rate is too high here; it is 58.4 deaths/1000 children; while the death rate under 5 years of age is approx. 82.9 children/1000 children.
Despite the influence of Spanish tradition and Roman Catholic belief, mainly in Bioko compared to the mainland, several people in the Island live as per the ancient customs that have experienced revitalization since independence. The ethnic composition is not possible here due to the thin population size; Coastal ethnic groups such as the Mabel, Kombe, Benga, Lengi, and others have contacts with the European traders; yet very little intermarriage has taken place between the African and European ethnic here. Ethnographers of Spain term these coastline people as “players” (meaning people living on the beach).
Places to visit in Equatorial Guinea
Situated on Bioko Island, Malabo is the port city as well as the capital city of Equatorial Guinea. The place is popular for the Spanish colonial constructions including the neo-Gothic (the twin-towered Santa Isabel Cathedral). The harbor of Malabo provided one of the deepest harbors across the region that can dock numerous ships. The major activity in the region is the export of timber, coffee, and cocoa. You may visit the place for its serenity and relax by just taking strolls on the streets of Malabo.
Monte Alén National Park
The National Park is popular for its huge wilderness that makes the place one of the most scenic places across West Africa due to its exceptional natural beauty. Though the Park has tropical rainforests and the Uoro River’s overflowing courses do not give many options to the visitors here; people certainly visit the place to enjoy empty hiking trails; private safari packages, and an unpolluted familiarity with the African wildlife.
Grasping the rocky volcanic edges of the Moca Valley across the Southern boundaries of Bioko, Moca is a rustic depiction of wild Equatorial Guinea. People come here for hiking to the rocky and monkey-dotted heights of the Falls of Moca and for witnessing the sparkling blues of lakes Loreta and Biao.
As the climate is humid and heavy rainfall can be expected throughout the year, the best time to visit the place is between December – February as the climate is dry then.