Rumbo Malabo takes Equatorial Guinea to FITUR 2023

Equatorial Guinea FITUR

Rumbo Malabo takes Equatorial Guinea to FITUR 2023

FITUR (the International Tourism Fair) is the first annual event for global tourism professionals and one of the most outstanding and recognized tourism events worldwide. It will take place from January 18 to 22, 2023.

FITUR welcomes more than 255,000 visitors and 11,040 companies from over 170 countries and regions. Therefore, it’s a global appeal for brands and countries. In addition, it’s widely covered with more than 7,625 journalists from 61 countries and an audience of over 105 million users on Twitter.

For all the above, from Rumbo Malabo we consider this opportunity as unbeatable to let know Equatorial Guinea as a destination from our vision of sustainable tourism.

Why is Rumbo Malabo going to FITUR 2023?

From Rumbo Malabo, we want to position ourselves as receptors for sustainable tourism in Equatorial Guinea. That is why we believe that our presence is only the next logical step in our mission: to show Equatorial Guinea and its beauties to an audience that appreciates it.

By attending this event, we intend to give visibility to the nature, culture, fauna and flora of our precious country, while establishing relationships with potential clients interested in tourism in Equatorial Guinea.

Sustainable tourism is a driver of change and a unique opportunity to diversify our country’s economy. In addition, it has the advantage of having a great reach and impact, so it would reach all regions and social groups, from the bar salesman, to the businessman, to the local artisans.

Corisco church
Corisco church

What will Rumbo Malabo do at FITUR 2023?

We’re not fooling ourselves, we’re not going on vacation. FITUR lasts five days of high intensity in the great business forum of the world tourism industry. So if we’re there, it’s to take advantage of it all. The first three days, from January 18 to 20, focus on the professional public, while Jan 21 and 22 are for the general public.

Five days that translate into hundreds of opportunities to make contacts, initiate projects and close agreements. We have to keep in mind that there will be executives with high decision-making power in any tourism segment: 38% presidents/CEOs, 34% marketing/sales/commercial directors and 21% sales/consultant executives.

Of course, we will also be there for you, so if you want to stop by our stand, you are more than welcome!

Where can we find Rumbo Malabo in FITUR 2023?

FITUR 2023 will be held at the fairgrounds of IFEMA in Madrid (Spain). If you are familiar with the venue, Rumbo Malabo will be in Hall 6 (Africa and Asia) at stand 6G01. And if not, don’t worry, we’ll leave you a map right below.

Who are we going to FITUR 2023 with?

Firstly, we want to make it clear that we are not going to FITUR alone. We have always said that we are all Rumbo Malabo and that is why we will be accompanied by all of you, all those who want to promote the country and its great virtues. So stay tuned because we will have you participate in our activities and contribute to promoting the wonders of Equatorial Guinea.

In addition, we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors and collaborators who, as far as possible, have made things easier for us on this adventure. The list will be updated regularly as we move forward and closer to the event dates:

When is FITUR 2023 and how much does it cost?

FITUR 2023 will be held from 18 to 22 January 2023 in Madrid. Ticket prices depend on the day and the target audience. We leave you below a table that will make everything clearer

If you want to get your own tickets, you can do it from the official FITUR website:

https://www.ifema.es/fitur/entradas

And if you can’t afford it or if it’s impossible for you to travel to Madrid, please follow us on social media at @rumbomalabo and participate in the various raffles and competitions that we have prepared to promote our participation in the event and tourism in Equatorial Guinea. You might be one of the chosen ones to come and visit us for free. So don’t miss anything and follow us!

Why is Rumbo Malabo going to FITUR now?

This may be the million-dollar question. Why now? Pandemic times, world conflicts and a  global crisis affecting all economies, as well as tourism.

For us, the answer is very simple. We see hard times as an opportunity to diversify the country’s economy. And what better time than when all countries start from the same point? Also, we firmly believe in sustainable tourism; we think it’s the future and we are therefore ready to work.

This may not be the best time, but is it ever? We are determined, we are brave and we want to do this. We need nothing else.

How can I help Rumbo Malabo at FITUR?

It’s overwhelming how many people write to us through comments and private messages to show their support. And many of you have the same question. How can I help? Here are the answers:

  • Continue as so far, write to us, comment on our posts on Instagram, like our posts and share what you like,… Everything you have been doing helps us and encourages us… And if we have decided to go to FITUR it’s largely because of your unconditional support.

  • If you live or have friends in Madrid, come and visit us! It’s a joy to feel your support in person and to hear what you have to say. Also, we will tell you everything that’s going on through our social media, so together we can tell the world that you are true lovers of sustainable tourism in Equatorial Guinea.

  • If you have a company, and you want to join as a sponsor, please send us an email (info@rumbomalabo.com). We will find the best way to help you.

  • And most importantly, stay tuned to our social media (especially Instagram) because we will be doing communication campaigns to try to showcase pieces of Equatorial Guinea to FITUR. We are convinced you’ll enjoy it!

Can I go to FITUR to see Rumbo Malabo?

Of course you can! In fact, we will be waiting for you! And we won’t be alone. We will have many Equatorial Guinean personalities coming to visit us to talk about sustainable tourism in Equatorial Guinea.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, projects in mind, or anything you would like to share with us, we will be there for you. You help us discover new things and show us the country through different eyes.

So do not hesitate and if you have time, come from 8 AM to 9 PM by FITUR on 21 and 22 January. We are sure we can get you a little present through our wonderful raffles.

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Tour Operator in Equatorial Guinea

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When is it going to be possible to travel to Equatorial Guinea with an online visa?

Evisa Equatorial Guinea

When is it going to be possible to travel to Equatorial Guinea with an online visa?

Are you willing to travel to Equatorial Guinea? Soon it will be much easier with the new online visa system. In this article, we’ll tell you when it will be effective and all details.

Traveling to Equatorial Guinea with an online visa will soon be a reality. Many countries count on the possibility of traveling with an online visa and recently, Equatorial Guinea now joined the list. The news has been received with enthusiasm, as it represents a milestone in the way of visiting Equatorial Guinea and brings many advantages.

Malabo Downtown

In this article we have prepared for you, you will know the benefits of the online visa for your tourism trip to Equatorial Guinea.

When will I be able to travel to Equatorial Guinea with an online visa?

Last 16th July, Equatorial Guinea strengthened ties with the company VFS GLOBAL online visa. And we already know when it will be effective.

1st February, 2023 has been set as the date on which Equatorial Guinea will receive its first tourist with an online visa. This is great news for the country because the implementation of this alternative eases and promotes tourism in Equatorial Guinea.

evisa Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea finally chose this provider among all options to provide this service as it is the world’s leading company. This way, the reception quality in Equatorial Guinea for tourists with an online visa is warranted.

This new measure of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and, in particular, the initiative of the Vice President, H.E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, is a significant step forward for tourism in the country.

How can I obtain my online visa to travel to Equatorial Guinea?

We know that when preparing for your visit to Equatorial Guinea, many questions pop up and among them, there’s the one million one: which documents do I need to travel to Equatorial Guinea? This is something we help you with through our Equatorial Guinea’s complete guide.

With the traditional visa system, depending on which is your departure country, you will just have to contact the embassy or ask for an appointment, follow the next steps and wait until its reception. We suggest you do it well in advance of your trip so you’ll get your visa on time. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to help you!

Nevertheless, from the moment the online visa starts in Equatorial Guinea, procedures will change and the steps will be much easier due to the procedure automation, which will be done online.

visa online Guinea Ecuatorial

Advantages of the online visa to enjoy tourism in Equatorial Guinea

With technology development, countries opt to modernize systems. Equatorial Guinea has not stepped back. It has also moved forward in order to streamline travel and boost tourism. This will allow procedures to become faster, therefore, the problems of physical visas are now solved with the new online visa.

online visa Equatorial Guinea

Some of the advantages of this system are the following:

  • You will no longer have to wait for your visa to be prepared and sent. With this first online visa, you can save so much time and avoid some procedures. Now it’ll be much easier to travel to Equatorial Guinea and discover its wonders, like its beaches, much appreciated by those who are looking for quietness.
  • At the same time, the online visa will allow you to make the payment in several ways, so if you have a bank card, you can pay with just one click the amount of the procedure.
  • Another positive aspect is that Equatorial Guinea procures this advantage for tourists. By offering this alternative, it will be possible to welcome tourists willing to come to Equatorial Guinea more frequently and easily.
National-Park-Bioko

Conclusions of the online visa in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is a great country with great potential that offers wonders and an enviable setting (like Ilachi waterfalls). This new facility is great news for tourism because it simplifies a procedure that could be complex, and now it’s at the approach with just a few clicks.

From Rumbo Malabo we eagerly wait for the arrival of the long-awaited date (1st February 2023!), because it will bring many changes. And as you will require a visa for your trip to Equatorial Guinea, with this new great opportunity, it won’t be necessary to wait anymore. Now it’ll be much easier to enjoy the conscious tourism of Equatorial Guinea. We’re waiting for you!

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Has Equatorial Guinea lifted restrictions to tourism?

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Has Equatorial Guinea lifted restrictions to tourism?

The world is moving towards the new normal, and two years after the pandemic countries are reopening to international tourism… What about Equatorial Guinea? Have the restrictions been lifted? Can you travel to Equatorial Guinea? Read up!

More than two years have passed since the pandemic breakout, but… have the restrictions on tourism in Equatorial Guinea been lifted? Many of you often ask us what are the exact restrictions to enter Equatorial Guinea for tourism purposes, what the situation in the country regarding the pandemic is and whether these restrictions to travel to Equatorial Guinea have been lifted. And we have news! We have decided to share them with you and provide this post as a future reference. Please feel free to mention us as a source. All the information that we describe below is validated by official agencies in Equatorial Guinea..

What restrictions have already been lifted to travel to Equatorial Guinea?

Let’s get to the point: has Equatorial Guinea lifted the restrictions on tourism and the mandatory quarantine? The answer is YES. Although it is true that not completely; the mandatory quarantine has effectively been eliminated, but there are still other necessary compliance measures that we describe throughout this article.

This August 25, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Diosdado Vicente Nsue Milang, signed the Order lifting the mandatory hotel quarantine and the retention of passports at points of entry into the country.

Página Web Institucional del Gobierno de Guinea Ecuatorial
And what does this mean? Travelers to Equatorial Guinea no longer have to go through mandatory hotel quarantine nor will their passport be held upon entering the country (this applies to residents and non-residents alike). On the other hand, the PCR or the antigen test that was required of travelers when leaving Equatorial Guinea will no longer be mandatory if the country of destination (or return) does not require that entry test.

What restrictions are still active to travel to Equatorial Guinea?

Despite the fact that the Order of August 25 opens tourism in Equatorial Guinea to a large extent and lifts the greatest restrictions, the Government of Equatorial Guinea, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, urges that the demands of the Decree (004/2022) continue to be complied with, including reinforcing COVID-19 control measures. Among these measures we find those related to vaccination, the use of masks or constant hand disinfection as well as an overall responsible behavior against the disease.

Recommendations when traveling to Equatorial Guinea

With the new Order, there are still valid restrictions. Therefore, we recommend that until everything is confirmed, you comply with the following measures. If you are already in Equatorial Guinea and intend to travel from the insular area to the mainland or vice versa, you will be required to present your vaccination card and a negative PCR test result, performed within 48 hours prior to your trip. This applies to flights, both commercial and charter, and to passenger shipping. In general, you may be required to have your vaccination card when you leave a city or to enter banks or certain establishments, so although this measure is not widespread, we strongly recommend that you take your vaccination card everywhere as part of your documentation.

What do you need to travel to Equatorial Guinea?

As always, a visa is required to travel to Equatorial Guinea, unless you travel with a passport from the United States, Tunisia or Central Africa. In this reference post, our complete guide to travel to Equatorial Guinea, you can find all the necessary information to become familiar with the requirements according to your nationality and everything you need to know before doing tourism in Equatorial Guinea. In addition to that, there are some mandatory vaccines to enter Equatorial Guinea, such as yellow fever and, recently, the COVID-19 vaccine in any of its types has obviously been added to these requirements. There are also other highly recommended vaccines, such as hepatitis, among others. All this information must be recorded in your international vaccination record or card (except the COVID-19 vaccine, which may come as a separate document). This latest decree does not indicate any changes regarding the requirements to enter into the country (it only refers to exit, a requirement that has already been lifted). Therefore, until we have further information, we recommend presenting a negative PCR test on arrival taken within the last 48 hours. It can be a difficult process if you travel on very long international flights, but for now it is still necessary.

Which flights are available to travel to Equatorial Guinea?

Flights are actually irregular, and they change frequently according to restrictions and global demand. At the moment, we have a long list updated with the airlines and the frequency of flights that we intend to update every week. Please do always check your options with the airlines, and use this table as orientation.

Is it safe to travel to Equatorial Guinea after the pandemic?

Equatorial Guinea is one of the countries in the world that has best weathered the storm during the pandemic. In the first place, thanks to the quick and drastic action of its leadership, who quickly established restrictive measures for the population. And, on the other hand, due to its geography, which has significantly helped its isolation during the crisis after all international flights were restricted.

Epidemiological data in Equatorial Guinea

As for the epidemiological data, as of August 25, 2022, a total number of 16,848 infected have been reported throughout the pandemic, of which 16,595 have recovered and, unfortunately, 183 have died (source: Ministry of Health of Equatorial Guinea). These numbers speak for themselves of the exemplary behavior of the Equatorial Guinean society when it comes to respecting the protection measures.

Vaccination in Equatorial Guinea

Regarding vaccination, Equatorial Guinea has been one of the countries that started vaccination earlier and moved faster in all of Africa . Currently, 214,032 inhabitants have been vaccinated with the two required doses (Sinopharm). This has been a differentiating fact when it comes to controlling the different waves and variants of COVID-19. From Rumbo Malabo, we remind everyone of the possibility of being vaccinated with the third dose already available in any center authorized by the Ministry of Health of Equatorial Guinea.

What has been the impact of the pandemic in Equatorial Guinea?

Life in Equatorial Guinea, as in the rest of the world, has been significantly impacted during the pandemic. But, little by little, normality has returned  to the lives of Equatoguinean citizens until the current situation. The main tourist hotspots remain open. In addition, you can perfectly visit the beaches of Equatorial Guinea, and it would be very unexpected to find any kind of crowds on them. Regarding the bars and clubs, they are also open and without restrictions. For the rest, requesting tourist permits requires presenting the vaccination card with the complete guideline to the Ministry of Tourism; the permit may be granted within a maximum period of 2 weeks, so it is good to do it early enough.
Malabo Promenade

Conclusion: What possibilities does Equatorial Guinea offer to tourists now that the quarantine and other restrictions have been lifted?

Equatorial Guinea offers everything an adventurer can look for. On the one hand, it offers spectacular beaches as we tell you in this post. On the other hand, it has surprisingly well-preserved biodiversity as it is an island and, among many other wonders, and it also offers trekking outings through the jungle for those in in search of adventure . The options are unimaginable and only depend on you. Also, this is the perfect time to visit Equatorial Guinea .
  • From Rumbo Malabo we are organizing excursions to Corisco . This is an idyllic island facing the Muni River estuary and an ideal place for a getaway due to its paradisiacal white-sand beaches. We will tell you more about Corisco soon [1] on our blog! Remember that you can subscribe so you don’t miss any news.
  • This summer, with the aim of promoting tourism in Equatorial Guinea, through the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Craft Promotion and led by H.E. Secretary of State Catalina Martínez Asumu, the Government has facilitated fam trips as part of the promotion and activation strategy of tourism to Equatorial Guinea. These are trips offered to tour operators or agencies with the aim of discovering a destination.
  • In addition, we will soon be receiving four types of sea turtles (including leatherback turtles) on our sea shores on Bioko island to lay their eggs. A spectacle of nature!
Regarding the infrastructure for tourism, you should not have any concerns. Equatorial Guinea has quality hotels with international standards, as well as more affordable and charming places. In short, join us on this adventure and discover the secrets of this wonderful country that is opening up to tourism. Discover why Equatorial Guinea is considered by many to be the hidden gem of Africa.
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Rumbo Malabo and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Equatorial Guinea

Rumbo Malabo and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Equatorial Guinea

Have you ever heard of the Sustainable Development Goals? You know what they are? In case this sounds familiar to you but it is still not clear enough, this article will help you learn more about this and how Rumbo Malabo is joining this cause so that you can fully enjoy tourism in Equatorial Guinea.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The SDGs ( Sustainable Development Goals ) are a series of global goals that have been established to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Due to the socioeconomic and environmental problems that have been going on for decades, in 2015 the UN General Assembly established these goals to be achieved by 2030
In recent years, several summits have taken place with one common consensus: change depends on everyone. To contribute to these objectives, Rumbo Malabo is committed to environmental tourism as an alternative to improving the state of the planet and also offer ideas for traveling to Equatorial Guinea in the most eco-friendly way.

How does Equatorial Guinea comply with the Sustainable Development Goals?

One of the greatest challenges that countries face is to comply with the SDGs, since each goal faces its own difficulties. To this end, great progress has already been made in Equatorial Guinea with respect to SDGs 4 and 5 (quality education and gender equality, respectively). In fact, the creation of numerous new schools confirms the positive change that has been experienced. On the environmental level, SDGs 14 and 15 determine the beginning of the joint effort to preserve the biodiversity of Equatorial Guinea. This is where tourism plays a fundamental role.
Tourism in Equatorial Guinea is mainly environmental; the beaches and the flora and fauna are of interest to anyone who wishes to visit Equatorial Guinea. Therefore, it is important that we are aware of the value of nature while traveling. Likewise, Rumbo Malabo also joins the cause and raises awareness about this type of tourism

Rumbo Malabo and the Sustainable Development Goals in Equatorial Guinea

From the beginning, our goal has always been to ensure the well-being of both our clients and that of Equatorial Guinea, promoting environmentally friendly tourism. We know that each of the goals is essential to making our planet a healthy and liveable place for generations to come. That is why here we focus on the SDGs that concern us the most and on which Rumbo Malabo works on a daily basis.

Rumbo Malabo and SDG 13: Climate action in Equatorial Guinea

Rising temperatures, torrential waters, unprecedented disasters… These events go hand in hand with global warming. Rumbo Malabo is focusing on the so-called green transition (which helps decarbonize the economy), as one of the solutions proposed for this SDG. This means that the impact of the carbon footprint produced can be reduced. In our day to day we also leave a carbon footprint through the products we buy and consume, the use of cars and electricity, etc. Including taking a plane to travel to Equatorial Guinea. The key is to apply those alternatives that slow down the advance of global warming (use of public transport or avoiding fast fashion, among others).
Accion por el clima Rumbo Malabo

Rumbo Malabo and SDG 14: Underwater life in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea’s beaches, including its mangroves, are amongst the country’s greatest attractions and have a good reputation for their peaceful appearance and atmosphere. However, the oceans are increasingly harmed by pollution and the excessive use of plastics. People often throw their waste into the sea instead of taking it to the corresponding container. All this added up has very negative consequences for fish, and explains how we are losing part of the wealth that marine life inhabits. Rumbo Malabo appeals to collective responsibility. If you plan or have already had the opportunity to do tourism in Equatorial Guinea, we remind you that the protection of the seas, which is also an energy source for us, is essential for our survival.
Vida submarina Rumbo Malabo

Rumbo Malabo and SDG 15: Life of terrestrial ecosystems in Equatorial Guinea

Surely when you think of Equatorial Guinea, the intense green of its landscapes such as the Moka Forest or its rich biodiversity, with endemic monkeys and even sea turtles, comes to mind. If you want to travel to Equatorial Guinea and witness these wonders, you have to consider how to preserve them. Problems such as long droughts or desertification prevent the flora from growing properly. This in turn causes the beings that depend on it to adapt, risking extinction. The flora then acts as a protector of the animal kingdom. To keep it that way, Rumbo Malabo collaborates with FAADA. This foundation fights for the defense of animals, which once again contributes to caring for the environment. Other programs such as BBPP (Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program) also collaborate in raising awareness among Equatorial Guineans and tourists about the importance of this objective. Its main motivation is the safeguarding of species, which gives rise to the development of tourism based on what is known as a national treasure.
Vida terrestre Rumbo Malabo

Conclusions of Rumbo Malabo on the SDGs in Equatorial Guinea

Tourism is a sector of the economy with great impact on the environment. In fact, more and more people are curious to know what Equatorial Guinea is like and what they can see there. To visit this or any other country it is necessary to educate people in the SDGs. Having these guidelines is essential for the survival of our planet and only through them we will achieve a cleaner and more equitable world. As you may have already noticed, Rumbo Malabo integrates the SDGs into its policies. It is in our hands to do everything possible to reverse the situation. That’s why we encourage everyone to take every step towards a greener and more sustainable planet.
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Tourist Operator in Equatorial Guinea

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Camping in Equatorial Guinea: an unforgettable adventure

Camping Equatorial Guinea

Camping in Equatorial Guinea: an unforgettable adventure

A trip to Equatorial Guinea offers all kinds of experiences: adventure, relaxation, culture… Camping is only of them, and this post will tell you everything you need to know to make your camping adventure unforgettable.
Many of us go on vacation or have friends who travel to different destinations. Some of these destinations are truly adventurous, especially when they include camping. Going camping allows you to live an incredible experience in the middle of nature. Camping in Equatorial Guinea’s nature paradise is a unique experience.

Is it possible to camp in Equatorial Guinea?

Yes, camping in Equatorial Guinea is not just an idea, but a reality. In fact, the number of tourists who have gone camping in Equatorial Guinea increases every year. There are tons of ways to do it, but here are our recommendations.
If you want to enjoy this experience, you must know the most important points to take into account, as well as when it is best to go to get the most out of it. And, above all, this will help you get rid of any fears.
One key aspect to consider is that the temperature is warm throughout the year, around 25 degrees Celsius. However, you should know that it can rain during the rainy season (which is not very long) but the weather is not very different from what you can see in other countries in Africa. Here you have more information about the climate and other important aspects to travel to Equatorial Guinea.

What are the best places to camp in Equatorial Guinea?

Equatorial Guinea is a country rich in culture and diversity. You’ll find plenty to do on both the mainland and its islands, but if you want to truly discover the natural beauty of the country, camping in the jungle is pretty much a must.
Fishing Equatorial Guinea
In Equatorial Guinea there are some great places to camp. Moaba beach near Ureka is the best place for all types of campers. The beach is not as developed as others, but that adds to its charm.
Moaba beach offers several advantages over other places in Equatorial Guinea. It’s easy to set up your campsite and make it your home for a night or two. There are no hotels nearby, so you will have a lot of privacy. This beach is amongst the most beautiful ones in the whole country: there are different species of sea turtles that come to the shore to lay their eggs, so it would be difficult not to enjoy yourself while you are there! If you want to know more about other beaches in Equatorial Guinea that you should not miss, save this article.
Camping at Moaba Beach is within the reach of anyone looking for an adventure, but it is also suitable for families with children and people who are new to camping. The weather during the dry season is always warm and pleasant. If you are looking for an authentic experience, your ideal place is Ureka. But remember, camp always on the jungle or forest, never on the beach itself.

What equipment should I bring to camp in Equatorial Guinea?

Camping on the beach sounds like a great idea, but what should you take camping in Equatorial Guinea? The first thing to do is check with the company with which you are going to camp. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have everything you need for your camping trip. From bug spray to sunscreen to flashlights and anything else you think you’re going to need (don’t forget water!). There will likely be bonfires at night, so no need to bring blankets or a sleeping bag. Generally, we recommend a thin sheet that allows moisture to pass through.
Camping gears
Another piece of advice we give you is to bring plenty of spare clothes in case it rains or gets wet when crossing some rivers on your route. It’s usually not cold at night, so you don’t need to pack anything warmer than shorts and a t-shirt. And who knows if there may be an emergency? Along the way, it might happen that someone gets a minor scratch, and for that situation, it would be best to also have a basic first aid kit with bandages and antiseptics. Contact the company that organizes the camping for you; generally they will be able to take care of the first-aid kit.

Is it dangerous to go camping in Equatorial Guinea?

Camping in Equatorial Guinea is a safe experience. Most animals run away from humans. The only animals to worry about are crabs and ants. Crabs are harmless, but they can give you a scare if they sneak into your tent overnight. We’ve missed some night sleep because of them! And catching them in the dark is no easy task. Ants on the other hand mainly look for food and can be annoying if they bite you, so it is not recommended that you keep food inside your tent.
camping Equatorial Guinea
Camping in Ureka is a great way to get in touch with nature and learn more about the local fauna. The most popular places to camp are the beaches, because you will sleep with the soothing sound of the sea waves on one side and the sounds of the jungle on the other. Also, you should not swim in the sea alone or at night when camping in Equatorial Guinea. The tide and the currents could play tricks on you, and it is possible that the land you step on is soft and not as easy as you think to swim out. You have to take extreme precautions.
As for the forests of Equatorial Guinea, there are no large predators there, so you don’t have to worry about the sounds you’ll hear in the jungle during your camping experience. If there were any large predators, the locals would take notice and take it upon themselves to address the problem before it could get out of control. In any case, as we have advised you before, do not leave food lying around when you go camping because ants and other animals can go for it while you sleep.

Conclusion: Camping in Equatorial Guinea is a unique experience

As Central Africa and Equatorial Guinea continue to gain ground in the tourism industry, this little-known destination is well worth discovering and experiencing. With its forests, its incredible biodiversity, its unique natural and cultural wealth, visiting Equatorial Guinea is not just an adventure, but a totally new way of enjoying the environment and connecting with nature.
Alberto Esparza

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The best beaches in Equatorial Guinea: Those you cannot miss

Arena Blanca Beach

The best beaches in Equatorial Guinea: Those you cannot miss

Do you know if Equatorial Guinea has beaches? Could you say which are the best ones in the country? On this occasion, we do not want you to end your trip to Equatorial Guinea without having enjoyed some of the wonderful beaches it houses.

It is known by many that Equatorial Guinea not only has wonderful biodiversity that makes it a paradisiacal place—the intense green of its leafy vegetation, the pleasant climate, the fauna marked by the variety of primate species… But the icing on the cake that makes this country authentic is, without a doubt, its beaches.

And this is what many daydreams about. Sometimes we just need to lie on a sun lounger and be surrounded by the sand and the sea to be happy, but unfortunately, these are often mere thoughts that we cannot carry out. Well, the good news we bring is that, with these beaches of Equatorial Guinea mentioned below, you are one step away from making your wishes come true.

Does Equatorial Guinea have beaches?

The answer is obvious, Equatorial Guinea has beautiful beaches on the islands, both in Bioko and in Annobón and Corisco. And we can’t forget the mainland either. From the best known to the most hidden, we invite you to take this tour so that you become initiated into tourism in Equatorial Guinea.

In this article, we discuss all about some of the best Equatorial Guinean beaches, both on the islands and in the continental region. You just can’t miss it!

Beaches of Equatorial Guinea on the Island of Bioko

Bioko is a beautiful island where you will find several types of beaches, from artificial, among which Sipopo beach stands out, to natural white sand beaches such as Aleñá, even beaches with an visible volcanic origin, such as Moaba beach. This multitude of options make Bioko Island a paradisiacal place full of natural contrasts.

Sipopo Beach

Sipopo beach is located 15 km from the city of Malabo in the recently created city of Sipopo. This artificial beach is the most visited by the citizens of the capital city. On one side, there is the public beach that is accessed from ¨La Gaviota¨ restaurant, and on the other, other private beaches are accessed from the main entrance and from the Sofitel Hotel in Malabo. Feel free to choose the one you like the most and enjoy these calm waters with views of the Horacio Islet.
Sipopo Beach

Moaba Beach or Ureka Beach

Tourism in Moaba Beach is gradually gaining momentum. Framed within one of the most iconic landscapes of the island of Bioko, Ureka, Moaba is a real delight for tourists. In our opinion, this is a not-to-miss place if you are determined to discover the secrets of this beautiful island.

Lose yourself in its over 3 km of virgin beach and discover the waterfalls and secrets hidden around it. Spend the night if you can and, depending on the season, you might be able to see the magnificent leatherback turtles.

Ureka Beach

Aleñá or Arena Blanca Beach

Around 30 km from Malabo we find Aleñá Beach, southwest of J. Reit and northeast of Punta Cabras. Here you can explore the surroundings, get lost and find yourself again a million times until you get to know in detail each and every one of its nooks and crannies, where many take the opportunity to relax.

The black rocks scattered along the beach give it that touch that makes it one of the most recognizable. Behind the large fruit trees, the owners of the small bars await you with open arms, to accommodate you with a snack or drink.

As you approach the forest covered by a soft mist, you will immediately enjoy the unreal, magical sight. Besides taking a bath, another thing you can do on the beaches of Equatorial Guinea is taking home a local souvenir by collecting a shell that you may find along the way.

Arena Blanca

Beaches of Equatorial Guinea in the Continental Region

Apart from the well-known beaches in the insular region, Equatorial Guinea also has another precious and even more unknown region: The Continental Region. From the city of Bata and its surroundings to the Punta Mbonda Lighthouse, we can find many long pristine beaches of fine sand that serve as a refuge for many inhabitants of this beautiful region. Among the most outstanding beaches of the continental region, we can find the following:

Utonde Beach

You have certainly looked at some catalogs with sunsets on exotic beaches that can make you fall in love. Well, if you wonder what they are like or where they are, just go to Utonde Beach. This beach is full of life and joy thanks to its people and its proximity to the city of Bata.

It is ideal for tourism in Equatorial Guinea. We have no doubt that even mountain lovers would come here to take a dip. This beach has everything you need and more, so when you make your trip to Equatorial Guinea don’t forget to add it to the list of places to visit.

Utonde Beach

Bome Beach

Bome, a town near Bata and home to the famous and well-known Bome resort, has a truly luxurious beach. This beach is a true Equatorial Guinean treasure, and what makes it so special is the atmosphere in it. You can spend hours and hours losing yourself on the horizon, and its temperatures will make this a pleasant experience accompanied by the coming and going of the waves, which will be music to your ears.
Bome Beach

Punta Mbonda Beach

On this beach, the sand is so soft that it will give you the sensation of being among desert dunes… with the nearby sea. The simplicity of this incredible landscape populated with palm trees and forests will encourage you to spend an unimaginable afternoon as part of your trip to Equatorial Guinea.

During the rainy season, the clouds give this beach an even more dreamlike aspect, as if it were a majestic piece of work. But when the sky is clear, you can see the famous lighthouse of Punta Mbonda even more radiant. So, if you have the opportunity or you find yourself in this area, don’t leave without visiting this beach in Equatorial Guinea that will bring you a wave of pure happiness.

Punta Mbonda

Beaches of Equatorial Guinea on the Island of Corisco

We cannot forget the beaches of the island of Corisco. Corisco is a peaceful island of 17 km², more unknown than the others, but no less important for that. Its name comes from the Portuguese (lightning), due to its colonial past. It is where you can observe the purity of the water and spend an unforgettable day. Being little-visited is the ideal corner for privacy. So you will be surrounded by this haven of peace and tranquility.
Corisco

Beaches of Equatorial Guinea on the Island of Annobon

Another island that you cannot miss is Annobón. In it are the Main Beach and the Love Beach.

Playa del Palmar or Basuai or Main Beach

At the main beach you’ll see people hanging out, whether it’s riding the little boats or just playing ball or volleyball. It is a very lively and cheerful place, where you can breathe joy and fun. Also, if you are adventurous, you can try to swim to the island of the turtle ( ehh cudjin ), named for its shape and which is located just 100 meters from the main beach.
Annobon Island

Love beach

And what about this last beach in Equatorial Guinea… Playa del Amor is a refuge for those who enjoy privacy since it is isolated from the hustle and bustle of the world. It is perfect to practice meditation or connect with the beauty of the country’s nature. Also, as its name indicates, love is in the air, so if you are planning a dreamy romantic getaway, this beach will become your next favorite corner of Equatorial Guinea.
Annobon Island

Our conclusion on the beaches of Equatorial Guinea

As you have seen, the beaches of Equatorial Guinea are very diverse, but the country contains many more beaches that we’ve been able to mention. Any excuse is good to visit each of them. We already recommended the Playa del Amor to spend your time you’re your special someone, for example on Valentine’s Day, although it is just as wonderful when you just want to treat yourself.

And in addition to beaches, we can’t ignore two other great places to visit in Equatorial Guinea: Pico Basilé and the Ilachi waterfalls are some of the best Equatorial Guinean treasure spots; so if you are a nature lover, these are other alternatives you can choose while visiting Equatorial Guinea.

We still want to remind you that in order to have the best experience, respect and care for the environment do come first. Unfortunately, tourist areas are often the first ones to be affected, so we recommend acting responsibly. Do not hesitate and come and enjoy the adventure and the beaches of Equatorial Guinea.

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Five charming places to visit for Valentine’s Day in Equatorial Guinea

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Five charming places to visit for Valentine’s Day in Equatorial Guinea

What are the best places for a romantic getaway in Equatorial Guinea? What charming places are ideal to visit on Valentine’s Day? Here you’ll find a selection of five idyllic sites where to celebrate in the best company.

Ureka beach sunset

Equatorial Guinea has an infinity of charming places, appreciated by both locals and visitors. On occasions like Valentine’s Day, it is only normal to be indecisive. Nerves play tricks on us, and we fear causing the opposite effect when all we want is for everything to go well enough for our partner to see how much we love them.

Relax and breathe easy because today Rumbo Malabo brings you the best and most charming places in Equatorial Guinea to visit for Valentine’s Day. Of all of them, we show you the most ideal ones, either because they are the most famous and enjoy a good reputation or because they are the perfect corner for you to fully enjoy this lovely day

Valentine's Day in Equatorial Guinea

Valentine’s Day is one of the most anticipated moments for couples in love in Equatorial Guinea. Many take advantage of the occasion to surprise their other half, either by giving a bouquet of flowers, preparing a romantic dinner or indulging in some unexpected detail.

But there are also those who consider that this is not an exclusive day for lovers. Valentine’s Day is also spent with family or friends and used to show love and affection to those closest to you. That is why some have the custom of congratulating each other through phone calls or meeting up to share this day.

This clearly shows that Valentine’s Day is a day for everyone, which you can celebrate in the company of whoever you want at any of these five charming places while in Equatorial Guinea.

Charming places in Equatorial Guinea for Valentine's Day

At Rumbo Malabo we know that many are already counting down to this long-awaited date, so here are five places in Equatorial Guinea to enjoy Valentine’s Day and keep the flame of love alive with your better half, or with family or friends, or alone if meant be!

Torre de la Libertad (Freedom Tower)

The first place with Equatorial Guinean charm that we want to tell you about is the Freedom Tower. It is a monument located on the seafront of Bata, whose structure somewhat resembles the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, but made of concrete. Built in 2009 and with a height of 68 m, it represents the modernity of the country.

It is divided into two levels. On the elevated floor, you will find a restaurant where you will have the pleasure of losing yourself in the views to the horizon. In the lower one, there is a nightclub for the party animals. If you decide to visit on Valentine’s night, this enchanting place can be even more spectacular, since it lights up and creates a beautiful choreography of light in contrast with the swaying of the sea.

Punta Mbonda

Without a doubt, this beautiful town in the continental area of Equatorial Guinea is another charming place that you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day. It is a perfect plan for backpackers who like to get lost and embark on a romantic adventure.

Punta Mbonda is a haven of peace where you will see the local lighthouse from afar. This construction is one of the oldest in the country and dates back to colonial times. Here you can spend a fabulous day with your special person touring its beaches, whose palm trees make it very charming. In addition, the town offers the opportunity to discover its history and customs through other buildings such as the small church, very popular among the locals.

Walk along Avenida de la Independencia

Next to this other charming place is the famous Cathedral of Santa Isabel in Malabo, although this is not the only relic your lover may fall in love with on Valentine’s Day in this area.

The views of the sea are one more hypnotic force that Equatorial Guinea offers and, without a doubt, they charm everyone who passes by. If you go as a family or with children, this place is also ideal as it is a quiet corner where the little ones can safely run around without rest.

Río Kié

To nature lovers: on February 14 you have an appointment in this haven of peace that you cannot miss. We are sure that this river and its landscape will leave you speechless.

The Kié River is located in the province of Kié-Ntem, and is the largest in the area. A good walk along its course will allow you to breathe the fresh air and get in touch with the amazing atmosphere. Stop and listen to how the water placidly runs: this is your magical Valentine’s moment.

Playa del Amor (Love Beach)

We have saved this surprise for last. This last charming place that we propose to visit on Valentine’s Day in Equatorial Guinea is everything you have been looking for and need on this special day.

Playa del Amor is an isolated cove surrounded by rocks, east of the city of Palé (also known as San Antonio de Palé), in Annobón. The soft sand and crystal clear water puts a show on its own which, of course, your partner will appreciate on Valentine’s Day.

Here you can spend a pleasant afternoon with a relaxing bath and an mesmerizing sunset. The reddish tones of the setting sun will captivate you both—you may not want to leave this little piece of heaven on Earth. This may become of the most charming moments of your February 14.

Annobon Island

In short: enjoy the charm of Equatorial Guinea on Valentine's Day

We have brought you some of the most romantic choices you can opt for this Valentine’s Day. Equatorial Guinea is a country full of charming places. Both the islands and the mainland are true jewels in the open where you will enjoy love contemplating rare beauty.

We know that there are many other charming plans to spend this special day in Equatorial Guinea, such as a visit to the Ilachi waterfalls, something you should do at least once during your stay. We can’t tell you about of them on one single post!

Your partner, friends and family will definitely fall in love with the magnificence of these magical, romantic, charming places. This February 14 we don’t want you to miss them. Enjoy your time in Equatorial Guinea!

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Soccer in Equatorial Guinea: the road to success

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Soccer in Equatorial Guinea: the road to success

Soccer in Equatorial Guinea is a reflection of life, dreams, work, goals, obstacles… And the biggest representative of soccer in Equatorial Guinea is his national team.

When the Equatorial Guinea national team had the opportunity to participate in the final tournament for their first World Cup at their fingertips, things were not going to be the same. Something had changed in the minds and hearts of that group of gladiators known as the “Nzalang”. The seed was finally planted.

Soccer in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea national soccer team: lots of obstacles to overcome

For the rest of the world, Equatorial Guinea is not a country associated with soccer. The nation, with a population of about 1.2 million people, is located in Central Africa and is known for its oil wealth.

In short, belonging to the Nzalang is not a simple task and, historically, has not been a reason for international recognition. That has already changed. The national team has been improving in recent years, since the stage of Benjamín Zarandona, Bodipo, Balboa, and many other braves who decided to make the leap and defend their country. And let’s not forget, it also added risk to his soccer career and his integrity (see the example of Benjamin Zarandona).

It has not been an easy journey. There have been many disillusionments, many failures, and many disappointments. There were many obstacles to surpass before thinking of overcoming the group stage of any competition and having the possibility of competing for some international recognition, something that Equatorial Guinea’s soccer so deserved.

Equatorial Guinea and soccer: everything starts with a dream, and we pursue ours

We, all of us who, to a greater or lesser extent support the National soccer Team of Equatorial Guinea, have a mission: to make known to the world of soccer the strength of the Nzalang. Our team is made up of players who give their lives for playing soccer and for this national team. We are all the Nzalang! It represents us all!

Today, we are committed to enjoying the moment and living our dreams through our passion for soccer. Soccer is life itself.

We want to transmit this passion and love for the sport to the other fellow soccer lovers of the planet through our commitment and our passion. And why not, believe in our dream of one day qualifying for the World Cup. We invite you to share with us our enthusiasm helping us achieve our goal. We need your support so we can fulfill everyone’s dream.

Milestone for soccer in Equatorial Guinea: AFCON 2021

Equatorial Guinea was returning to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON or CAN) after too many years of absence. The Nzalang was placed in Group E with Algeria, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, a rather complicated group. The best forecasts indicated that with 4 points we could fight to qualify as one of the best third. And later, say goodbye to the competition at the first round of 16. But, fortunately, it was not so. The predictions were not right at all.

In a nervous first game, the Nzalang lost 1-0 against Ivory Coast. Everything was complicated, the way forward was to tie with the all-powerful and reigning champion Algeria and win in a heart-stopping final to Sierra Leone, always keeping fingers crossed to be the best third.

But the surprise came. After more than 35 games without losing, Mahrez’s all-powerful Algeria fell 1-0 to our beloved Equatorial Guinea in a match that will be remembered by all. A match in which it was shown that teamwork is above individuality. A match where we suffered, worked and got our reward. From this victory, the road was clear and everything went by not falling to Sierra Leone in the last game.

The prophecies and dreams of all Equatoguineans were fulfilled and Equatorial Guinea won a controlled match against Sierra Leone. At that moment, the euphoria was unleashed through the streets of Malabo. No matter the rival, nothing mattered. Equatorial Guinea had achieved the expected milestone. But that wasn’t all. AFCON and Equatorial Guinea soccer still had a common path.

The round of 16 ended with a confrontation with the great Mali. Equatorial Guinea has always wanted to play with teams of that magnitude. After a hard game, intense and maximum suffering, they reached the always damned penalty shootout. Shootout in which so many dreams have been broken and so many tears have been shed. In this case, the tears were of joy for the Nzalang thanks to the incredible performance of goalkeeper Owono, who captivated the heart of the Equatoguineans, and of the great Akapo, who stopped those same hearts with his penalty shoot-out using panenka style (little has been said about self-confidence to use such a resource at such a time).

After the match, absolute joy was unleashed on the streets of Equatorial Guinea. That is the obvious result of such a feat carried out by these boys. Or not… To this group of friends, compatriots and brothers who have given so much for each other. And that they have given this gift to a citizenry eager to take to the streets and vibrate for national soccer. They are a source of union and pride for all Equatoguineans.

The goal was already fulfilled and the joy overflowed. There was a major challenge: the great Senegal of Mané. These guys made us dream that we could. For much of the game they even made that great selection afraid. In the end, it couldn’t be, and the Nzalang lost 3-1, but the tears of all those players did not last long. Because they felt the warmth and support of an entire nation. The outcome of that day no longer mattered, the work was well done. The success was undeniable.

After the return home, total madness. They were greeted by hundreds of people at the airport, with a massive walk along the promenade. Surely these players have been proud of their country, of our country. The victories forge the winners. The defeats, the champions. It is the reflection of soccer in Equatorial Guinea.

Challenges for soccer in Equatorial Guinea in the future

January 2022, AFCON 2021 ends for Equatorial Guinea soccer players. February 2022, only 17 months remain for the start of AFCON 2023 in Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea has to endorse its performance. That is the illusion.

With a young squad, with a lot of potential and with the hand of coach Juan Michá, who has shown that he knows how to lead this group, the illusion is overflowing. Now the pressure will be maximum, the biggest challenge, but these players can handle that and more. The squad stands, and who knows if it will arise a new young player that will bring even more to this great group.

Special mention deserves the great captain Emilio Nsué, who may not be in that competition. With you it all began. Our respects to Pedro Obiang, who could not enjoy this success, but belongs to him as well. We hope to see you in Ivory Coast in 2023 leading this group.

Soccer lessons in Equatorial Guinea: never give up on your dreams

If there’s one thing the Nzalang has shown us, it’s that whatever your goal is, you can’t stop working for it. Whether you want to get better at school or get a better job, be sure to stay focused and follow the steps needed to achieve your goals. They have taught us that you can. So whatever you want to be, start today!

That is our philosophy and that is how we live soccer in Equatorial Guinea. And the Nzalang has shown it to the whole world.

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Rumbo Malabo in 2022

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Rumbo Malabo in 2022

2022 started already, and like every year, it gives us a unique opportunity to set new challenges, new goals and plan what this year will be like for us in Rumbo Malabo.

What happened in Rumbo Malabo in 2021?

Before we start with 2022, we need to talk about our 2021. First, it has been a hard year, difficult, and full of obstacles. But, on the other hand, it has been a very satisfying season that has given us the opportunity to learn incredible lessons that will, to a large extent, mark this year’s goals.

Rumbo Malabo projects in 2021

One of our first projects was to participate in the UNDP sustainable development competition. Unfortunately, we were not chosen with our ecotourism project on the coast of Ureka, but this initiative gave us the opportunity to meet wonderful people and work in-depth on such a beautiful and innovative project. A great example of this is our current relationship with NGOs such as “The drill project“, “Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program” and “Turtles of Equatorial Guinea

On the other hand, at the end of the year, we presented ourselves to the contest of start-up of the year, promoted by Total Energies, and we have just received a communication thanking our participation and announcing that we have moved to the next phase. So you’ll have more news soon because we’ll need you more than ever to take our initiatives as far as possible and make a greater impact on our communities. But one thing is clear: we want to help local communities and all lovers of biodiversity and sustainable tourism.

Tourism in Equatorial Guinea during 2021

Despite what it may seem, Rumbo Malabo has continued to make the best possible effort to show this wonderful country to as many potential tourists as possible during this 2021. Part of these efforts has resulted in the visit of international tourism agencies such as Nomadik travel and its director general. On the other hand we have given visibility to the destination and many other agencies have been interested in knowing Equatorial Guinea

In addition, not all are international tourists, local awareness is also very important for the protection of ecosystems. Therefore, we have organized several day trips for Basilé Peak, Ureka and Biao Lake. All the people who have accompanied us, have told us their utter amazement at the adventures they lived. Therefore, we will continue to innovate and create new activities for all of you.

So, overall, this 2021 has been a learning year, and we are very happy about it. Everything that has happened to us has only made us stronger and has given us more hope for this coming year.

Rumbo Malabo goals for 2022

Continue promoting ecotourism in Equatorial Guinea

We believe we have done a great job in 2021 promoting the country brand, and putting Equatorial Guinea on the map of sustainable global tourism. It would be naive to pretend that the work is done or that it is close to being completed. We still have a long way to go, and in 2022 we want to take another step forward. How do we intend to do that?

Attend international events

There are many international events and fairs on our radar. Of them, unfortunately, we have not been able to attend because of the pandemic that plagues the world. But our goal for 2022 is to attend at least some international conference online and show the world everything Equatorial Guinea has to offer.  We’re going to make an impact! It takes time, preparation, and a lot of funding, but we’ll make it. And we’ll be together to live it and celebrate it

Support NGOs to promote biodiversity in Equatorial Guinea

The conversation about biodiversity is key to sustainability and is a central value for ecotourism. Therefore, we need to help and promote the NGOs that are responsible for this hard work in the country. We are passionate about biodiversity, and we have to recognize the vast technical knowledge that these NGOs have and the great work they do even without much visibility.

Among them, we want to highlight “Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program”, “The Drill Project”, “Ecoguinea”, “sea turtles of Equatorial Guinea” and many others that unfortunately we have not had the luck to work with. If you know or collaborate with any such organization, contact us, and we will be happy to meet them.

How do we plan to help these NGOs? Very simple, promoting their work in social networks and fairs. In addition, we want to serve as a link between people interested in their work with the possibility of funding and them, the final recipients.

Strengthen ties with the diaspora outside Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is a talented exporting country. It is incredible how many artists, journalists, influencers, and other professionals are currently abroad and miss their land. To these people, we want to bring their hometown closer and we want to make things simple for them to return to their land in one way or another.

Therefore, we plan to organize meetings and breakfasts with them on different occasions, show them how the country has changed and, who knows, maybe some will be encouraged to visit the birthplace of their ancestors or their own.

Anyway, we believe that they are the best ambassadors of the country and the first that we have to surprise with the change that the country has given in recent times.

Increase reach in social media

Social networks are a very important tool for us. Possibly, if you have come this far, it is through any of them. Therefore, we want to take this moment to thank you for the support, for every like, comment, like, etc. All this makes us feel appreciated and valued. Thank you very, very much.

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During 2022, we want to focus on producing more videos, more reels and staying active on Instagram and other social networks. If you don’t follow us yet, join our community! You won’t regret it.

Conclusion

The year 2021 has been good. The year 2022 will be even better. More content, more interviews, more blogs, more photos, and above all more Equatorial Guinea. Join us on this adventure and be part of our community.

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Primates on the Bioko Island

Primates on the Bioko Island

The island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea is the ecosystem of seven species of diurnal primates. Currently, they are at risk of extinction due to the historical abuse of their poaching for human consumption. These types of primates are found primarily in the National Park Pico Basilé and the Scientific Reserve Gran Caldera, which is the only place where the seven primate species can be found in the same habitat.

Primates on the Island of Bioko

Throughout history, primates on Bioko Island have been passively protected due to the inaccessibility of their natural habitat. But industrialization and new infrastructures change this ideal scenario.

Therefore, it is the mission of all actors and lovers of sustainable tourism in Equatorial Guinea to protect the fauna that we have on Bioko Island. It is as well our duty to show the beauty of it to continue conserving it. 

For this reason, we would like to show you the seven species of diurnal primates that can be found on the island of Bioko

Bioko drills, Mandrillus leucophaeus poensis

Status: Danger of Extinction

https://www.monaconatureencyclopedia.com/mandrillus-leucophaeus/?lang=es

The drills are mostly found in the southern part of the Bioko island, throughout the National Reserve “Caldera de Luba“ and in the vicinity of “Pico Basilé”. As for their lifestyle on the island of Bioko, the groups usually do not exceed 20-25 individuals, with a single adult male surrounded by females and their offspring.

Drill Bioko
Map developed by BBPP

The main difference between males and adult drill females is their size and weight. Females weigh from 7 to 12 kg, about half as much as males, which can reach 27 kg in adulthood. Male drills have a totally blackish face, except for a pink area on the chin surrounded by a white coat. Their buttocks are bluish and have a pinkish area under the tail. Drills use their large canine tusks as a defense against any other aggressor species.

Its diet is based on small vertebrate and invertebrate animals and eggs, including sea turtles in the Ureka area that are also in danger of extinction. In addition, they also feed on tubers, ants and termites.

Black colobus of Bioko, Colobus satan satan

Status: Danger of Extinction

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16994342@N05/5865994078

Black colobus are found mostly in the southern part of Bioko Island and around the top of Basilé Peak. These primates spend most of their time on top of the trees in the primary and secondary forests. They are usually kept in high places with plenty of food, but occasionally descend from the high branches to collect nuts and other fallen fruits.

Colobo negro
Map developed by BBPP

The black colobus are, as its name suggests, totally black and that is why they differ so well from the other primates of the Island of Bioko. Although they have a brown coat at birth, it changes to black within a few months of life. These primates lack opposable thumbs and have long fingers and limbs. Their teeth are flat and large, allowing them to crush seeds more easily. In terms of weight, adult males, which are larger than females, weigh between 4 and 14 kg, with an average of 11 kg.

These primates are granivorous and their diet consists of hard seeds and nuts. Its molars are designed for crushing and are thought to be an evolutionary adaptation to the granivory. Aside from nuts and seeds, black colobus eat immature fruits and leaves.

Red-eared guenon, Cercopithecus erythrotis erythrotis

Status: Vulnerable

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The red-eared guenon is the smallest monkey that can be found visiting Bioko island. They are relatively easy to find in the southern part of Bioko Island and throughout the protected area of Pico Basilé and Caldera de Luba. Red-eared guenons usually live in family groups of 4 to 30 individuals.

The size varies considerably depending on the ecosystem they are in and the ease of finding food. A typical family consists of 1 adult male surrounded by 10 adult females with their young offspring.

mono cola roja
Map developed by BBPP

The males are slightly larger than the females and have a length of 42 cm. Their tail is long and partially prehensile and increases their length by another 60 cm. The average weight of adult males is 3.6 kg. Moreover, the females have an average length of 38.4 cm, to which must be added 55 cm of tail. The average weight of adult females is 2.9 kg. Overall, this primate has a life expectancy of about 16 years.

A large portion of the red-eared guenon’s diet is fruit-based, followed by seeds, young leaves, flowers, buds, and insects. Insects are fundamental to the diet of pregnant and lactating females due to their high nutritional content.

Putty-Nosed guenon, Cercopithecus nictitans martini

Status: Vulnerable

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/04/female-putty-nosed-monkeys-get-their-males-to-run-defense-against-predators/

Cercopithecus nictitans or putty-nosed guenons are found in the southernmost areas of Bioko Island, near the closest regions to the coast. If you see them through the jungles of Bioko you can recognize them by the distinctive stain on the nose. Their fur ranges from dark olive to black and sometimes features a white patch on the chest.

Nariz Blanca
Map developed by BBPP

These primates weigh between 4.2 and 6.6 kilograms. Males have greater length and body mass than females. They are diurnal and, like their Guenon relatives, have trichromatic vision. These primates are mainly arboreal and have a life expectancy of about 20 years.

Putty-nosed guenons are a social species. They are found in groups of between 12 and 30 animals. If you visit Bioko island and go on an excursion around Ureka, you can get to hear fights within the group over alpha-male status, so they are a clearly hierarchical species. They mainly move through the medium-sized forest, so they are close to the coast. And they often perform acrobatics and branch-to-branch jumps to move through this type of habitat.

Pennant red colobus, Procolobus pennanti pennatis

Status: Danger of Extinction

https://www.larazon.es/sociedad/medio-ambiente/la-caza-acorrala-a-los-monos-en-uno-de-sus-santuarios-DE12437657/

The Pennant red colobus is located southwest of the island of Bioko, in the vicinity of the “caldera de Luba”.

colobo rojo
Map developed by BBPP

These primates are arboreal and spend most of their lives in the treetops. For this reason, it is extremely difficult for any tourist in Equatorial Guinea to see them.

Generally, the male red colobus tends to be larger than the females. The male oscillates between 7 and 11 kg of mass, while the length of the head to the body is usually between 53 and 63 cm. On the other hand, the tail oscillates between 60 and 70 cm.

One of the common characteristics of the colobus family is the absence of thumbs. Instead, there is a lump that resembles a severed thumb. To supplement this feature, the other fingers are elongated and form a hook to hold the branches. As with many climbing mammals, the extremities of Pennant’s red colobus are also elongated. Their heads are usually quite small and have a round belly.

Golden-bellied Crowned Guenon, Cercopithecus pogonias pogonias

Status: Vulnerable

https://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/mammal-life-expectancy-crowned-monkey

The crowned guenon is found in the southern part of Bioko island, in areas near the coast. The length of the body is usually between 30 and 50 cm, and their tails are longer than their bodies, measuring between 65 and 90 cm. Adult females are around 4 kg, while adult males weigh 1 kg more, reaching up to 5 kg. Typically, these primates can live between 24 and 30 years wild.

Mono coronado
Map developed by BBPP

As the males grow into adults, they leave the group in which they were born and look for new groups of 8 to 20 individuals. These groups are formed by a single male, several females and their offspring. 

This type of primate has its black arms, legs and tail base. The rump, the belly and the inside of the legs are golden yellows. Their faces are mainly dark blue or grey, with a pink snout covered with white hairs.

The hair surrounding her face is yellow, marked with broad black stripes, ranging from the side of the eyes to the temples and through the center of the forehead. This forms a small ridge, which gives the crowned monkeys their name. Other characteristics that may present are the set of sideburns that have traces of white, yellow and grey.

Preuss Monkey, Allochrocebus preussi insularis

Status: Danger of Extinction

https://inaturalist.ca/taxa/566542-Allochrocebus-preussi/browse_photos

Preuss monkeys are found in the highest regions of the Pico Basilé and Caldera de Luba National Park. These primates are normally frugivorous, as their diet consists mostly of fruits and a small portion of tree shoots.

Mono preuss
Map developed by BBPP

The Preuss monkey weighs, on average, 10 kg. Males measure around 42-70 cm in length, while females only 37-55 cm on average. It has been estimated that, in freedom, they can live up to 31 years.

Preuss monkeys have a kind of silver-white fur collar on the bottom of their neck. Its face is dark grey and has lighter grey fur tufts.

The crown of his head, shoulders, flanks, thighs and the middle section of his tail are also dark grey with silver spots. Most of her body is black, except for her back, which is reddish-brown.

Conclusion on primates in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea has an unspoiled and unexplored fauna and flora. And primates are, to a large extent, a major part of the biodiversity of Bioko Island. Therefore, from Rumbo Malabo, we encourage all nature lovers to protect and communicate the benefits that these primates bring to the community.

One of the main problems that reduce the population of these species is poaching for sale in the markets. Simply with gestures as simple as not consuming them in restaurants and not buying them in supermarkets, you can make a difference.

We need everyone to take care of the environment. Join the challenge and leave us in the comments what tricks you use to protect our biodiversity.

Special mention for “The Drill Project” and “Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program” for the great work they are doing and for the photos and illustrations

Rumbo Malabo

Rumbo Malabo

Tour Operator in Equatorial Guinea

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