If there’s a country you need to add on your bucket list then it is Equatorial Guinea. Yes! Equatorial Guinea has a history of failed coups, allegations of corruption, trafficked bushmeat and buckets of oil, but have you seen its women? The proof of the pudding is in the eating so come to Equatorial Guinea and experience for yourself. You won’t be disappointed I tell you.More Less
Yes! Equatorial Guinea has a history of failed coups, allegations of corruption, trafficked bushmeat and buckets of oil, but have you seen its women?
Don’t take my word for it and i have plenty to say from their sexy waists to exotic looks. The proof of the pudding is in the eating so come to Equatorial Guinea and experience for yourself. You won’t be disappointed I tell you.
You can meet some of them chilling and having fun at the Aviator pub and cafe, a cool sports pub in Malabo. It’s popular with revealers and every Thursday lively karaoke is held here and you can also enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Standing next to the Aparthotel Plaza, is Rolex Discoteca, a cool club in Bata where party lovers go to over the weekend to enjoy loud music, dark interiors, mirrors and lasers.
Welcome to Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea is a small country located on the west coast of Africa. It is made up of a mainland territory called Rio Muni (also known as Continental Equatorial Guinea), and five islands namely Bioko (formerly Fernando Po), Corisco, Great Elobey (Elobey Grande), Little Elobey (Elobey Chico), and Annobon (Pagalu) (known collectively as insular Equatorial Guinea), where the capital Malabo is located.
Bata is the administrative capital of the mainland. Formerly a colony of Spain with the name Spanish Guinea, the country achieved its independence on October 12, 1968. It is bounded by Cameroon to the north and Gabon to the east and south.
Spanish and French are the main official languages. The main African dialects spoken are the Fang and Bubi (common in Bioko).
The ekwele or ekuele was the currency of Equatorial Guinea between 1975 and 1985. The name ekuele (plural the same) was used until 1979, whilst ekwele (plural bipkwele) was used after. The renaming of the currency to “ekwele” from “peseta” was motivated largely by a sweeping Africanization program meant to rid the country of its colonial past by removing Spanish names and references from the public domain, including Spanish birth names.
The ekuele replaced the peseta guineana at par, whilst the ekwele was replaced by the Central African CFA franc (written franco on Equatorial Guinean coins and banknotes) at a rate of 1 Franco = 4 bipkwele.
Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s wealthiest nation on account of its huge revenues from oil. It is also the only nation in Africa in which Spanish is a national language. As of 2015, the country has an estimated population of over 1.2 million.
Did you know a person from Equatorial Guinea and/or a citizen of Equatorial Guinea is called Equatoguinean?
Sir Mark Thatcher, son of the former British prime minister Mrs Margaret Thatcher was linked to a foiled coup attempt in the oil rich Equatorial Guinea.
In the two large cities, Malabo and Bata, hotels can be found with very wide possibilities of menus, as well as pizzerias or small restaurants where the gastronomy of the area is combined with more western food. There are no strict rules regarding hours, so it is easy to eat at any time of the day, up to the closing time.
Sights N Sounds in Equatorial Guinea
Visit Bioko Island and get to see the strange combination of little villages with Spanish colonial churches, dense rainforest, rare wildlife and oil platforms.
Explore the colonial architecture, bustling markets and buzzing nightlife of malabo. What’s more, you can watch marine turtles come ashore to lay their eggs from November to January in Ureka. Southern coastal village of Ureka receives a record-breaking 10,450mm of rainfall per year, making it the wettest place in Africa and one of the wettest in the world. In Ureka we can visit the local base camp of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) where from November to March BBPP researchers and staff are present to protect the turtle nesting sites of Ureka.
While in Equatorial Guinea make a point of trying some of the local delicacies as well. The Pepesup (spicy fish soup) is one of the basic dishes of Equatoguinean cuisine, as is pangolin with chocolate, bambucha or peanut soup. And nearly all of them are usually accompanied by rice or by green plantain.
One of the main secrets of the Guinean cuisine is the use of the condiment called andok, which is gathered for local use, but in times of good harvests it is also exported to other countries.
The typical drinks are palm wine or tope (coming from palm trees) and malamba (sugar cane), although today the most popular drink is beer, which is also most appreciated by the tourists, since their favorite brands can be found almost any place, and it is especially pleasant for confronting the hot and humid tropical climate.