How is Equatorial Guinea?

How is Equatorial Guinea? Discover its secrets

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There is a high demand for information from potential customers about Equatorial Guinea tourism and where it is geographically. We have decided to dedicate this blog post to tell you about the people, the countries beauty, traditions amongst other information we believe would be of benefit to you. As a company, we know the internet to be a great tool to inform or disinform, and for that reason, we believe pertinent to give you firsthand information

What regions form Equatorial Guinea?

Located in the Gulf of Biafra is Equatorial Guinea and is divided into two regions the Continental and Insular.

 

The Continental Region borders Cameroon to the north and Gabon to the east and south. And despite popular belief, Corisco island also forms part of the continental region. The Insular Region is smaller and encompasses the beautiful Bioko island capital Malabo and Annobón island. Currently, they are projects talks considering regeneration of local wealth.

The entire surface area of Equatorial Guinea is 28,052.46 km², to put you in perspective, it is 18 times smaller than Spain, 326 times smaller than the United States and similar to Haiti. So it is relatively small. The surface area divided as follows;

 

– Bioko Island 2,017 km²

– Annobón Island 17 km²

– Continental Region 26,000 km²

– Corisco Island 15 km²

 

Administratively, Equatorial Guinea is divided into eight provinces: Annobón (San Antonio de Palea), Bioko Norte (Malabo), Bioko Sur (Luba), Centro Sur (Evinayong), Kie-Ntem (Ebebiyin), Litoral (Bata), Djibloho (Djibloho) and Wele-Nzas (Mongomo).

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Located in the Gulf of Biafra is Equatorial Guinea and is divided into two regions the Continental and Insular.

 

The Continental Region borders Cameroon to the north and Gabon to the east and south. And despite popular belief, Corisco island also forms part of the continental region. The Insular Region is smaller and encompasses the beautiful Bioko island capital Malabo and Annobón island. Currently, they are projects talks considering regeneration of local wealth.

The entire surface area of Equatorial Guinea is 28,052.46 km², to put you in perspective, it is 18 times smaller than Spain, 326 times smaller than the United States and similar to Haiti. So it is relatively small. The surface area divided as follows;

 

– Bioko Island 2,017 km²

– Annobón Island 17 km²

– Continental Region 26,000 km²

– Corisco Island 15 km²

 

Administratively, Equatorial Guinea is divided into eight provinces: Annobón (San Antonio de Palea), Bioko Norte (Malabo), Bioko Sur (Luba), Centro Sur (Evinayong), Kie-Ntem (Ebebiyin), Litoral (Bata), Djibloho (Djibloho) and Wele-Nzas (Mongomo).

How is the weather in Equatorial Guinea?

Equatorial Guinea climate is that of a country position in the equator.

This climate is similar to tropical climates, with high temperatures. The most significant difference is in the rain. The tropical climate is more irregular and less intense, while in the equatorial climate the rainfall is abundant and regular. They are so frequent that Ureka on Bioko Island is one of the rainiest places in all of Africa, and when you live here, you can assure that it rains does not go unnoticed. The statistics show rainfall usually tends to reach 1,500 or 2,000 mm of water per year.

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What is the typical vegetation of Equatorial Guinea?

Undoubtedly one of the greatest attractions in Equatorial Guinea. Despite being a small country, it has excellent landscape diversity. It is one of the most biodiverse areas in Africa. You will experience fascinate scenery like perfectly formed beaches with black volcanic or rocky sand, such as the Sipopo coast, to incredibly lush forests in Moca as well as alpine lands at heights of 3,000 meters, such as the Pico Basilé.

 

Three-quarters of the Continental Region is virgin forest,

incredibly beautiful. The rain forest is of great abundance. This type of jungle is common in the tropical or equatorial climate. Photos reveal how green and lush—a marvel the forest becomes.

 

Although part remains untapped today, on Bioko Island, cocoa, coffee and banana plantations abound. Finca Sampaca in recovering part of the industrial production of cocoa for its subsequent treatment and consumption. The quantities, unfortunately, are not yet enough to export, but little by little they begin to nourish the supermarkets with 100% national produce, a piece of excellent news for cocoa lovers.

In the southern part of Bioko island, there is another type of rain forest, rich in orchids; mostly due to a large amount of rain that occurs in this area, especially in the rainiest season.

 

Closer to the Basilé peak, the vegetation changes due to the decrease in oxygen levels, the towering trees and lush vegetation, give way to a perennial jungle from 700m to 1,800m, with a large number of tree ferns. From there, the prairies begin to appear along with all kinds of lower plant formations.

Moca Forest
North Bioko
Basilé Peak
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Which animals can we find in Equatorial Guinea?

Equatorial Guinea has a unique fauna. There is a great diversity of species, from small antelopes to pangolins, cats, a great variety of primates: gorillas, chimpanzees, baboons, colobus etc., all found in their natural habitat, that’s why it is challenging to spot any of these species.

Equally, for reptilians and amphibians, it is impossible to live in Guinea and not find a small reptile near your home. They are especially visible during sunsets. They are a feast of colours they varied from bright orange to dark green. In addition to this, we have four different sea turtles frequenting our coasts.

 

It is impossible not to mention Moraka coast, near Ureka, in Bioko, as one of the most privileged places in the area to observe turtles laying eggs of leatherback turtles weighting of between 300-500kg.

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Which tribes or ethnic groups form Equatorial Guinea?

Equatoguineans is a conglomeration of people with different cultural backgrounds. There is respect for different ethnic groups and customs. Improving the youth to learn about Their culture of each people to the following generations. Thus, today we still have the possibility of contemplating centuries-old rituals such as traditional weddings, funeral rites and other cultural delights of the people that make up the Equatorial Guinean cultural spectrum.

Fang

They form the largest ethnic group. Historically they come from South Sudan; they were avoiding Muslim invasion.  Males send the offspring, hence the father, uncle and the firstborn take on particular importance. They create outstanding unique sculptures works with noble woods with meaningful and elevated: spiritual perfection. The Fang culture stands out for its strong character and excellent warrior skills used to invade foreign land. Their agriculture and hunting is their primary source of income.

Bubi

They are from Bioko island. They hunt and fish, as reflected in its mythical legends. Their economy focuses on yam production, palm oil as well as in hunting and fishing. They had dealings with western merchants who docked on the island.

 

They have vast sea knowledge of the sea, historically helping them when fishing for sperm whales, whales, etc.

In general, Bubi people are still professionally divided into three classes:

Abéba or hunters

Baobbé or fishermen

Baebbá or climbers of palm oil

 

They have a matrilineal set up within their ethnical group, make them one of the few African countries to be constructed in this manner.

Pygmies

They are called Beyeles and Bokuigns. They live in small groups they hunt and gather wild roots and berries. They keep to themselves and do not mix with other groups.

Ndowé

It is a minority etnic compared with the others, made up of many ethnic groups: the Kombe, the Bujeba, the Bapuku, the Balenke, the Enviko and the Benga. They are a coastal people who are farmers, fishermen and hunters. Their food has been based on cassava, plantain and corn.

Their social organization is hierarchical in families, villages, lineages and clans. And above all, it stands out its traditional dances as the “mekuyo” or the “iwanga”

Bisio

They are few in numbers and migrated in the 19th century to the nearby coastal regions. Currently, they live in small villages around Bata and Mbini. They are known for their use of traditional medicinal plants.

Fernandinos y creoles

They are mestizo descendants from bourgeoisie landowners and merchants, who settled on the plantations during the colonial period.

This ethnic group had more contact with the colonisers and were to learn about their customs and culture.

Annobonés

They are the inhabitants of the Annobón island and are a mixture of Portuguese, Spanish and African descendants. Annobón Island is only 17km2; fishing is the islands only source of economic income. They use canoes, and they continue to use very traditional methods of fishing. Children become fishers of excellence from an early age. Their language is the Fá d’Ambô dialect, which is a Portuguese Creole mixed with Spanish.

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    • Thanks Elio!! Equatorial Guinea is a really nice place, unfortunately it is still undiscovered, but we are trying our best to promote the tourism in this small country. Thanks for stopping by and follow us in any social media (@rumbomalabo) if you want more pictures on Equatorial Guinea!

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