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

Alberto Esparza

Hispanic philologist and journalist. Lover of Equatorial Guinea.

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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

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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What are the medicinal plants in Equatorial Guinea?

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What are the medicinal plants in Equatorial Guinea?

The use of medicinal plants in Equatorial Guinea continues to be a common practice as a home remedy in rural and urban areas. It has been transferred from generation to generation and is, in many cases, popular knowledge. There are usually wise or elderly people in each rural center who specialize in the art of traditional medicine, considering themselves healers, sorcerers, or simply elderly people with vast knowledge.

Although it is an extremely widespread custom, little by little, the use of traditional medicine in Equatorial Guinea is diminishing due to the access to western medicine from a significant part of the population. In turn, as we developed in the post on Biodiversity in Equatorial Guinea, some of this knowledge is lost due to the lack of interest of the new generations.

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How is traditional medicine in Africa?

Africa is one of the oldest territories in the use of medicinal plants for healing. Traditional medicine is based on experience and observation of our surroundings to learn from the customs of animals. Did you know that monkeys sucked the sap from the Ekuk when they were hit by poisoned arrows? The wisdom of plants transcends human knowledge. That is why it is so important to take care of our ecosystem.

Here comes into play, in addition, a fascinating theory called the Signature Theory.

What does the Signature Theory say?

According to this theory, nature or a deity has marked every plant with a sign that indicates its function for the human being. That allows us to know its virtues. An example is a walnut. With its shape, it represents an unequivocal sign of its usefulness against head ailments. Another would be the plants with white latex that were used to increase milk production in both people and animals.

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Teoria Signaturas

It should be noted that traditional medicine in Equatorial Guinea and Africa is not so much based on deities or science, but rather on superstition and magic. For this reason, it is impossible to separate these arts from healing. The main difference between the healer and the sorcerer is more linked to the patient’s own belief than to their ailment. Thus, if the patient believes that his illness is of natural origin, they will consult a healer, while, if it is of spiritual origin, they will put themselves in the arms of the sorcerer.

Healers in Equatorial Guinea

Healing in Equatorial Guinea is an innate part of the culture of the Equatoguinean people. And therefore, it must be respected and studied regardless of the personal belief of each person.

What is the difference between healers and elders?

Healers are responsible for treating the most persistent diseases or ailments, while older villagers or wise are responsible for the lighter and easily treatable ailments, such as kinkelibá and contriti for malaria or sanalotodo for anemia.

Despite this, the healers are ordinary citizens and inhabitants within the villages, although they enjoy special admiration and consideration from their fellow citizens.

Where does the knowledge of traditional medicine in Equatorial Guinea come from?

Depending on the tribe or village, we find different stories. Some claim that they have been passed on by spirits while people sleep, or while they are in the jungle. But the most common one is the parent-to-child transmission. This is usually represented with some kind of ceremony in which the apprentice officially begins in this craft and the rest of the inhabitants are made aware of this fact.

As in all branches of medicine, there are healers specialized in different ailments such as fractures, congenital diseases, or even experts in animal poisons. It is extremely important to preserve the knowledge of these healers, as they have really useful information about their local ecosystems.

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Medicina_Tradicional_Guinea_Ecuatorial

What is the future of traditional medicine in Equatorial Guinea?

For the healing of ailments in a traditional way, it is very important to have faith in its science and to estimate it correctly. At the slightest sign of mistrust, these healers will detect it, and they will not be able to carry out the healing.

Technologies and social media have given the general public access to more information than it was historically available, and this makes them increasingly skeptical of these practices. In addition, it has led to a change in the mentality of the population, preferring chemical documents as superior to traditional medicine, although both are based on the same active ingredients. As a result, we will see a progressive loss of this medicine in Equatorial Guinea. A clear example is the growing proliferation of pharmacies in increasingly small and remote villages.

It should be noted that it has been proven that medicinal plants cause fewer side effects, and in some cases cure better than other medicines that we can find in pharmacies. We do not want to say that one is better than the other, but that the complement of both would be even more beneficial for the people of Equatorial Guinea.

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Medicinal plants of Equatorial Guinea

Originally, primitive people used raw medicinal plants without any preparation. Gradually, this art has become a science, largely due to the improvement of the methods of preparation. Thus, below are some of the most representative medicinal plants in Equatorial Guinea, as well as their effectiveness and methods of preparation.

Kinkelibá (F: Ebesi) - Cassia occidentalis L.

Small shrub 1 or 2 meters tall with yellow flowers. It is widely used against malaria as a good substitute for quinine. Historically, it is taken in an infusion of stems with leaves and mixed with contriti. In addition, the juice of kinkelibá combined with lemon can be used as a remedy for hepatitis. By cooking the seeds we also have a good eye that helps prevent eye diseases. And if this were not enough, the infusion of its leaves is also used as a laxative for children and belly pain.

Yucca (F: Mbo – B: Kassada, kasaleri) - Manihot esculenta

Tuberculous root shrub which is known worldwide for being rich in starch and a great food. But, in addition, the latex of its stems can be used against conjunctivitis. Its crushed leaves in cold water are a good remedy against worms. If we also rub these leaves on the body, this helps greatly in the healing of scars and diseases that affect the skin such as chickenpox.

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Yuca_guinea_ecuatorial

Alstonia boonei (F: Ekuk – B: Bojua) – Sin A. congensis Engl.

Large tree that can reach 35 meters high. It is very common, as it grows very fast and is visible in secondary forests. This plant is used as an antipyretic against malaria in a cold infusion. It can also be used against worms when cooking the bark and filtering it. This bark can also be used to expel the placenta after childbirth.

Alstonia boonei
Alstonia boonei

Palm oil (F: Alen - B: Obílá, Pilá) - Elaeis guineensis.

Palms of straight trunk up to 15 meters high. It is one of the most common trees in Equatorial Guinea, and is extremely frequent around villages. From its fruits comes the well-known and recently hated palm oil. But, in addition, in the back of the branches are some cotton fibers that are used to heal wounds. Moreover, the palmiste, boiled with local spices and salt is a good remedy to cure bronchitis. But be careful, because the roots of this tree are considered poisonous.

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Ochre, Chimpanzee (F: Etetan - B: Lukokoo) - Hibiscus sculentus.

Plant with red and erect stems up to 2.5 meters high. It is known primarily for its green fruit that is used to prepare various tropical dishes, known as Ocro Soup. Its leaves, in addition, can be used as anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.

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Sanalotodo (F: Esan) – Hibiscus sabdariffa.

Herbaceous plant about 1 meter high. This is one of the most historically used plants in Equatorial Guinea. It can be consumed in infusion alone, with contriti, or with kinkelibá for acute cases of anemia. If we squeeze the leaves and heat the juice, it’s a good wound healer in the mouth of babies. In turn, a infusion with salt helps sooth coughs in older people.

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sanalotodo

Ceiba (F: Dum – B: Búbá) – Ceiba Pentandra.

Ceiba is the national tree of Equatorial Guinea, as shown on the country’s flag. With its imposing 30 or 40 meters of height and robust trunk and spine, it is one of the most common in the forests of Equatorial Guinea. Its young leaves have a purgative effect. The infusion of its leaves and its fruits can be used as a lotion for cases of fever and headache. The oil from its seeds is a good treatment for rheumatism and, in cases of leprosy, its roots have also been used as a treatment.

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Mango (F: Andok-ntang – B: Bomakoro) – Mangifera indica.

The mango or mangrove is a tree of about 10 to 30 meters of height, native to India, and that stands out for its fruits, known as mangos, very widespread in West Africa. In addition, its barks and leaves are used to treat toothache, ulcers, sore throats… The infusions with the bark are good against diarrhea and the juice from its trunk is a good antisyphilitic. Moreover, the trunk is used to heal and heal hemorrhoids.

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Mango_Guinea_ecuatorial

Country spice (F: Ondondo - B: Bokolo, sokolo) - Capsicum frutescens.

The famous hot spice of Equatorial Guinea. It is a woody plant that reaches 2 meters high. Young leaves mixed with water and grains of paradise are used to fight venereal diseases. If we place the leaf smeared in palm oil on open abscesses, it will heal them quickly. In addition, the country’s spice has been shown to have antibiotic as well as inflammatory effects.

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picante_guinea_ecuatorial

Contriti, lemongrass, citronella (F: Osang - B: Bokoó) - Cymbopogon citratus.

The infusion par excellence in Equatorial Guinea, although it comes from India. The infusion of leaves is similar to tea and helps to reduce fever and prevent malaria. Chewing its roots is useful to soothe sore throats and to clean teeth. More recently, it has been discovered that mixing it with coconut oil can be a good mosquito and gnat repellent.

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Contriti_guinea_Ecuatorial

Bitter cola, false tail (F: Oñeñ - B: Buale) - Garcinia kola.

Medium-sized tree that can reach 20 meters high. This tree stands out mainly for its seeds, which have aphrodisiac, stimulant, and appetite-reducing effects, so it is very famous among males. These seeds are also used to soothe coughs.

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Bitacola_GuineaEcuatorial

Conclusion on medicinal plants in Equatorial Guinea

As we have seen, there are many plants and seeds that have all kinds of day-to-day uses in Equatorial Guinea and that can be more beneficial than other medicines that we can find in pharmacies. 

All this information work of sublime quality has been extracted from the book “Medicinal herbs of Equatorial Guinea” (Plantas medicinales de Guinea Ecuatorial) available in the library of the AECID in Malabo.

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Equatorial Guinea´s Biodiversity

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Equatorial Guinea´s Biodiversity

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Biodiversity in Equatorial Guinea is an infinite source of life and resources. From Rumbo Malabo, we encourage responsible ecotourism to preserve those vital resources for its people.

Biodiversity envelops a variety of organized living species. They cohabit with us on the planet: animals, plants, viruses, and even bacteria. Moreover, it also covers their ecosystems and the genes that make each species different from the rest.

History of biodiversity in Equatorial Guinea

Since the human species became fully aware of the natural world for the first time, nature seemed immune and overflowing with flora and fauna, from the mountains and oceans to the continental prairies.

This point of view changed in the last century. Over the past 50 years, technology and globalization have defined the destruction of the environment.

Since the beginning of agriculture, human survival has domesticated wild plants for medicine and food. An example is the Osang or the Ekuk, often used for different diseases

However, many of those plants that our grandparents used are destroyed before we found out whether they had food or medicinal value. Unfortunately, that knowledge is missing due to a loss of communication within generations.

To fan the flames, we now face new dangers. Complete ecosystems are facing environmental tensions, such as the estuaries of the Campo and Muni river, coral reefs, or mountain forests, including Monte Alén. Another factor is pollution, the rising development of neighboring villages, and the new excessive building of infrastructures.

Despite all the mistreatment they endure, these ecosystems clean the water by eliminating contaminants, provide the air we breathe, and produce much of our food. If we lost them, people with low income would face great famine.

Why is biodiversity essential in Equatorial Guinea?

Until now, we lived in small isolated groups in our villages, completely immersed in our local ecosystems. All our food, clothing, shelter, even our medicine came from the product of our environment, including the animals and plants.

If we ask our elders about their way of life, almost all of them, will tell us that they lived from working in the forest: fishing, or hunting. Even playful activities, like the Akong, started from the seeds of nature.

Why is it so difficult for us today to understand the importance of biodiversity?

We have forgotten this mainly because of the invention of agriculture. In the case of Equatorial Guinea, now we have the capacity to import product that is not from the region.

This trade has completely changed the human relationship with the environment. We’ve gone from living together, to being lords and masters of the ecosystems.

What is the difference between living on organic fruits and agriculture?

The answer is very simple. To live at the expense of our comfort, we must destroy the original ecosystems that have served us so well, thus destroying the organic fruits we assumed. We are very much aware of cocoa and coffee, although they do not originate in this region

How can we measure ecological success?

Agriculture completely violated the natural regulation that controlled the size of our population. It was the case of the tribes, many years ago, to which are now settled in the territories we are familiar with. There, we began to grow and expand.

You might think that we are in a continuous race to feed ourselves because each revolution or ingenious expansion in the agricultural field is followed by an increase in population. In simpler words, there are always people somewhere on the verge of hunger.

What are the values of biodiversity in Equatorial Guinea?

The values of diversity are functional (benefits to medicine and agriculture), ecosystem services (vital functions such as oxygen production) and moral and ethical values.

Although we are directly unaware of the reality of biodiversity, we know that these three categories are of vital importance in modern human life.

Practical values of biodiversity

Many think that food comes from the supermarket and we do not have a clear idea of its origin. How many kids think milk comes from the brick?

It is true that, with new advances in biotechnology, humans have learned to inject genes into domestic plants and animals to enhance what we want and eliminate harmful elements. But these genes have to come from somewhere. And that place is nature.

Biotechnology has as a first step the discovery of a genetic factor that performs the function we want within known species of nature and, after extracting it, implements it in another substance to improve it. Can you imagine recomposing the genetic chain of a species from scratch? It would be a colossal task.

There are many examples of wild plants that have contributed to the development of new drugs. A clear example is Madagascar’s Organic-Covid versus Covid-19 (if its benefits are finally proven). There are many examples

The key to avoiding the destruction of biodiversity lies in the correct use of local knowledge to develop environmental conservation activities, always meeting the economic needs of peoples and their inhabitants.

In the case of Equatorial Guinea, there are many examples such as tours in natural parks, and all those people who in one way or another help biological researchers who are in our country.

In short, by destroying ecosystems, we begin to approach the limit that the world itself will dictate about which species will survive, and at that limit, we find ourselves.

Ecosystems are essential for our planet

The question is obvious: why should we care about the health of the Rio Campo ecosystem if we no longer live there? Could we not live on the species we already know and collect? The answer is unambiguous: NO, it is not possible.

The global ecosystem is the sum of all local ecosystems, so they are inevitably correlated. Moreover, because of our ignorance, we do not know how much more or less will affect our local ecosystems to a global impact.

Where does atmospheric oxygen come from? Of course, as we all learned, from photosynthesis. However, what our environmental knowledge teacher didn’t tell us is that microscopic single-celled organisms found in the sea produce most of the world’s oxygen supplies. Of course, with the help of terrestrial forests.

If we do not take care of the mangroves, such as those of Riaba, the Rio Muni Estuary, or the Rio Campo Estuary, these mangroves will cease to offer the current protection to our shores, and deforestation will pollute the water, which will make our fisheries resources no longer viable and functional.

There can therefore be no doubt that the biosphere system plays a much more important role than we assume on a day-to-day basis. We are used to vegetables, but it will be possible to continue growing these species as long as we do not ruin the global system by destroying local ecosystems.

A moral and aesthetic importance

As we have previously commented, that the species of the biosphere are necessary for our basic necessities such as food and water, there is another aspect which is the country´s aesthetic.

In essence, it is the thought that human beings cannot be happy or have a full and successful life surrounded by steel, concrete, and plastic. Doesn’t a walk through the waterfalls of Ureka bring you happiness, what about the ascent to Lake Biao? Which is at stake.

The famous biologist E.O. Wilson defines the term biophilia as the innate feeling of belonging to the natural world that is present in all of humanity. And it seems to us that the same sentiment forces us to act against the sixth extinction.

Is it possible to have sustainable tourism in Equatorial Guinea?

Sustainable tourism is the future of Equatorial Guinea. This tourism is based on developing activities that are respectful of the environment and ecosystems, with minimal impact on the environment and promoting local culture. In addition to the economic aspect, this type of tourism seeks to generate employment and basic income for the indigenous population.

That is the reason why, from Rumbo Malabo, we have reinforced our commitment by being members of initiatives that promote responsible animal tourism with international agencies such as  FAADA (Foundation for Advice and Action in Defense of Animals).

Biodiversity in Equatorial Guinea: Our conclusion

The conclusion seems clear: our egocentrism and the excessive destruction of our habitat are causing the extinction of thousands of species around us. In Equatorial Guinea, we have a clear example of leatherback turtles, gorillas, and pangolins.

The direct destruction of ecosystems is producing a cumulative effect on the services of each ecosystem, which is vital to prevent our own extinction.

Join our fight and defend ecosystems when you travel to Equatorial Guinea.

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Equatorial Guinea in fiction: Film, Literature and Series

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Equatorial Guinea in fiction: Film, Literature and Series: 11 options that will transport you

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Are you thinking of visiting Equatorial Guinea? Then you will love this post. We are going to talk about some pieces of fiction that will make your imagination fly. It will be just like traveling to Equatorial Guinea. Put your seatbelt on!

Equatorial Guinea is a country with a lot of history, culture, beautiful landscapes. And all this has inspired us to find an emerging flow of cinema, series, and literature in the country. And that’s not all; Equatorial Guinea also appears in other examples you may already know.

Here are 11 examples of works of fiction in which Equatorial Guinea has something to share:

Equatorial Guinea in cinema: the perfect shot for a film

The world of cinema in Equatorial Guinea has not come out of anywhere. The first cinematographer arrived in the country in 1904 with the desire to create a film culture. Today, most Equatoguineans enjoy the film as entertainment. However, something more is gradually emerging: a desire in young people to unite and create cinema. On the other hand, Equatorial Guinea has also had the leading role in other films from industries such as Spain.

We recommend these four films to prepare for your trip if you are thinking of vacationing in Equatorial Guinea. Ready with your popcorn?!

Feguibox

The film is the perfect example of the new trend of Equatorial Guinean cinema. Its director, Rubén Monsuy, decided to found the first Guinean Film Association (ASIGE) to promote cinema and encourage other directors to follow his lead.

Feguibox premiered at the Göteborg Film Festival and the Riviera Maya Festival. The film tells the story of two young men passionate about boxing and struggling to make it to the Olympics. According to the director, it is a story of perseverance and motivation that shows the country’s spirit.

Anunciaron Tormenta

Premiered at the famous Berlin Film Festival, Anunciada Tormenta is a historical documentary that narrates the different events during the Francoist period and how Equatorial Guinea moved forward.

The Equatoguinean director, Javier Fernández Vázquez, is an anthropologist. His passion for learning more about the history of Equatorial Guinea led him to this research project. Moreover, his desire to portray the consequences of colonialism.

Misión Blanca

Awarded for its screenplay in the Second Edition of the Film Circle Writers’ MedalsMisión Blanca tells the story of a religious mission in Equatorial Guinea during the last years of colonization. It is a dramatic film directed by Juan de Orduña and starring Manuel Luna. Another example of a great story about Equatorial Guinea.

Palm trees in the Snow

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One of the best-known Spanish films about Equatorial Guinea is Palmeras en la Nieve. It tells the love story between a young bourgeois and a Bubi woman. The film is a portrait of the time and is an adaptation of Luz Gabás’ self-titled bestseller. Thanks to his fantastic cinematography, the film was awarded two Goya Awards.

The plot takes place at Finca Sampaka. However, one of the most curious facts is that although its narration is in that cocoa plantation, the filming did not occur in any location in the country. This film was shot mainly in the Canary Islands.

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These films are a reflection that Equatorial Guinea is the perfect canvas to start and narrate a story. And this is just the beginning. Its history is worth knowing. You can enjoy it by visiting Equatorial Guinea!

Equatorial Guinea in literature: from imagination to books

Books have the magic of transporting us to places we can never imagine. That’s why, if you’re planning a trip to Equatorial Guinea, we recommend these four books to transport you back to the country. These writers will be able to teach you Equatorial Guinea even if you’ve never been to the country before

La Bastarda

The Equatorial Guinean writer Trifonia Melibea Obono wrote this book about the experiences of a young woman of the Fang ethnic group. Its reading will take you on a journey through Equatorial Guinea and tell you the experiences that will transform the protagonist. The book also describes the country’s features and the consequences of colonialism.

Historia de una maestra

Josefina Aldecoa elaborated a narrative that emerges from the truth, memory, and authentic feelings. Historia de una maestra tells the story of a teacher who starts working in rural schools in Spain but decides to move to Equatorial Guinea. The protagonist lives these experiences, and, at the same time, you can see the historical changes in Spain and Equatorial Guinea due to the first Spanish republic.

La República Fantástica de Annobón

The second Spanish republic is also the protagonist of this work. With its arrival, radical changes are taking place in Equatorial Guinea. A second sergeant of the republic embarks on a mission in the country and discovers an entirely different world. Francisco Zamora mixes fiction with history, giving rise to a romance amid so many social changes.

Equatorial Guinea and the series: if you’re more of a "small screen"

If you are one of those who enjoy longer stories and are also thinking about sightseeing in Equatorial Guinea, you will love this list. Equatorial Guinea has been the inspiration for exciting series that you can already enjoy. We bring you some!

Peace Force

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Peace Force is a drama created by Aurora Guerra that has started its shooting this year. It will tell the story of a Spanish contingent in Equatorial Guinea on a military base. Everything will begin to change when a suicide occurs on the spot. Spanish Television has decided to bet on this drama that will feature the participation of Felix Gomez and Martiño Rivas.

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Two lives

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Televisión Española broadcasts this daily series set in present-day Spain and the colony of Spanish Guinea in the 1950s. It tells the story of two women who are not satisfied with life. Grandmother and granddaughter decide to take control of their lives and find love and passion.

Dos vidas, serie ambientada Guinea Ecuatorial

Elùb: intrigue and passion

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This telenovela-style series tells the story of a group of wealthy young men from Equatorial Guinea struggling to find love, pretty much the Equatoguinean Gossip Girl . The story is full of passion, infidelities, and the desire to reclaim their destiny.

Conclusion

As we can see, writers, directors had found inspiration in Equatorial Guinea.  However, Equatoguineans are struggling to tell these stories. With this list of works of fiction, you have the perfect opportunity to dig into the culture. You are one click or book away to discover more about the country.

After checking out these examples, you are more passionate about visiting Equatorial Guinea. You can look at our routes and excursions. We are happy to help you discover Equatorial Guinea. You will see that it is indeed a country worthy of many films.

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How is the food in Equatorial Guinea? – Modica Sauce

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How is the food in Equatorial Guinea?

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Tasty, spicy, and delicious are some of the adjectives that define Equatorial Guinea’s food. With ingredients that cover tubers, spices, sauces, and so many flavors. However, for many still unknown.

Today, in Rumbo Malabo, we would like to talk about African food and its recipes. For doing so, it is a pleasure for us to introduce Mayra Adam Chalé.

Who is Mayra?

She is part of the Bööbe ethnic group on the island of Bioko, the beating heart of Equatorial Guinea. However, she grew up in Zaragoza, Spain, where she always had her Africa inside her.

 

Thanks to that, the African traditions such as culture, ethnicity were always present in her education

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Our guest is currently working as a massage therapist, chiropractor, reflexologist, and Pharmacy technician. She has been working for 14 years in those professions in Madrid and Equatorial Guinea, where she can put into practice her passion for health and wellbeing.

She is also a working mother. Simultaneously, she runs one of the best Instagram accounts in Spanish specialized in African food: “mi_cocina_africana”.

But not only that, but she also has a YouTube Channel.! She is nowadays a referent in African cuisine.

In her own words, her passion for food and stoves was always there. However, when she was pregnant with her first child, it marked a before and after African food. She only had cravings for typical African dishes! The dishes of her childhood.

Therefore, thanks to that experience and several phone calls with her mother, the commitment to our cuisine became stronger. Many Africans and their children share the experience.

Mayra states that even if she were far away, food would always bring a memory of her land, similar to an invisible string that connects two people. And we could not agree more!

So, without further due, we would like to leave you with Mayra Adam Chalé.

What do Africans eat?

What are those signature dishes in African cuisine? Do we eat like the rest of the world? Do all the countries in Africa cook the same?

I would like to start by saying that African cuisine is rich and varied; it’s a cuisine that comprises an entire continent with many cultures and people.

Society tends to generalize the problems in Africa, and they only focus on the precarious situations (poverty and hunger) as a sample for the entire continent.

It is like we decide to change Europe's world image and only present the Cañada in Madrid or the barracks in Barcelona or any other shantytown in the Valencian Community. 

Mayra Adam

When we talk about African gastronomy, the collective imagination is to think that there is culture. The reason why is because people evoke the image of children in hunger.

Nevertheless, behind those images are wonderful recipes, very varied, rich in flavor and history. Moreover, carefully elaborated, and where you are not only going to enjoy but you will become obsessed and asking for more!

My name is Mayra Adam Chalé. I am from Equatorial Guinea, and I consider myself a person who loves her continent, cultures, and food!

And since we are talking about African food:

What is Modica Sauce?

All of my life, I have been eating Modica sauce. I cannot picture my childhood without this dish. The flavor is very characteristic, but it also combines those slow stews, full-bodied bathed in red wine similar to the Spanish gastronomy.

The Modica sauce is a typical Nigerian dish, where they call it Ogbono Soup. The dish arrived in Equatorial Guinea thanks to Nigerian migrants in 1920.

At the time, Guinea was a Spanish colony where cocoa and coffee crops were growing. The Spanish settlers imported labor from other countries such as Liberia and Nigeria to finish their harvests.

Since then, we adopted the dish, and it is one of the essential sauces in our traditional recipe book.

How is modica sauce made?

The modica sauce is made from palm oil, various meats/ fish and traditional spices. In addition, of course the main ingredient, the modica.

The Modica is the seed of wild mango (Irvingia gabonensis), also known as African mango, shrubby mango, or dika. Please do not confuse with the common mango (Mangifera indica) since they are two different species.

It is originally from parts of Central and West Africa, as well as Southeast Asia. Its evergreen tree can reach 25-40 m in height. The trunk is straight up to more than 2 m in circumference. The lateral branches are ascending make the crown dense and spherical. While whole fruit is edible, only seeds are used to prepare this recipe.

These seeds are collected, roasted, crushed, and compacted to form a hard stone, similar in appearance to chocolate. Thanks to this practice, the preservation can last several months.

The Modica stone or chocolate (also called locally) must be grated and added to the stew. Sometimes it is fried before to make it less dense. Because its mucilaginous texture can remind the Okro and jute leaves (Ewedu).

It is usually accompanied by fufu, crushed yam green banana (not banana), eba, or rice.

It is a food full of properties. It contains 18 essential amino acids and micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium, and phosphorus.

Suitable for diabetics and all those taking care of their figure because it is satiating and helps us burn and lose weight.

modica

Jilin medical university researchers (among others) have shown that supplements can help you lose weight, lower blood cholesterol levels, and improve diabetes control.

Researchers suggest that the Modica’s high fiber content competes with cholesterol and helps eliminate it. And its content is leptin, a hormone that tells the brain to stop eating, which is satiated. All these benefits make it a great ally in our kitchen.

Recipe with modica sauce

There are many recipes that we can elaborate with this seed. If you would like to try this delicious dish, here is how to prepare this delicious recipe:

 

  • 750gr meat/fish/ heura.
  • 1 beautiful tomato.
  • 1 Onion.
  • 2 cloves of garlic.
  • 25 grams of water
  • 3 tablespoons of palm oil
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Crayfhis
  • 2 broth tablets (homemade)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt.

If you would like to try this delicious dish, here is how to prepare this recipe.

 

You can give me your opinion in the comments, on my Instagram page (mi_cocina_africana)  or on the YouTube channel itself.

Until the next recipe!

Enjoy your meal!

Alberto Esparza

Alberto Esparza

Hispanic philologist and journalist. Lover of Equatorial Guinea.

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