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Equatorial Guinea

Main attractions

Rainforest in Bioko Island at Luba Crater, Equatorial Guinea
Rainforest and waterfall at Luba Crater in Bioko Island / Bioko Islander, CC BY-SA 3.0

This small country has disjunct territory - it consists of the smaller Annobón island, Bioko island and the continental part - Río Muni, all located rather far apart from each other.

Equatorial Guinea contains such values as lush rainforest with high species diversity, countless waterfalls and, surprisingly, ornate wooden churches and other values of architecture.

Natural landmarks

Caves

Caracas Cave and its discoverer Hellmuth Straka, Equatorial Guinea
Caracas Cave and its discoverer Hellmuth Straka in 1967 / CC0 1.0
  • Bantabaré Caves - Bioko Sur. Group of limestone caves. In 1962 an expedition brought a sculpture of Virgin mary 3 km inside one of these caves.
  • Caracas Cave - Kié-Ntem. Cave in granite rock.

Waterfalls

  • Biben Falls - Some 50 m tall and approximately 50 - 70 m wide falls on Mbini River, with several cascades.
  • Bonsoc Falls - Littoral, near Midumo. Some 40 m tall and 800 m wide (with rainforest islands in the middle) waterfall on Mbini river.
  • Iladyi Cascades (Moka Falls) - Bioko Sur. Group of falls, sliding down along a steep cliff at the Moka Crater. Total height exceeds 250 m. Streams here are powerful thanks to extremely wet climate.
  • Mosumo Falls - Centro Sur. Picturesque, wide waterfall on Mbini River.

Ecosystems

  • Luba Crater - Bioko Sur. Forested crater, some 5 km in diameter, surrounded with 1 km tall rims. The rainforest in crater has exceptional biological diversity thanks to the fact that it is hard to access. Here live numerous species of very rare primates (including four endemic subspecies), birds and other life forms.

Man made landmarks

Churches

Malabo Santa Isabel Cathedral, Equatorial Guinea
Malabo Santa Isabel Cathedral / B.traeger, CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Bata Church - Litoral. Large cathedral in Baroque style, with two towers, constructed in the 17th century.
  • Batete Church - Bioko Sur. Wonderful wooden church with fine adornments. The interior of the church is even more ornate than the exterior. Constructed in 1887.
  • Malabo Santa Isabel Cathedral - Bioko Norte. Beautiful cathedral in Neo-Gothic style, constructed in 1897 - 1916. Towers of the cathedral are 40 m tall.
  • Mongomo Basilica - Wele-Nzas. Huge and ornate Catholic basilica which in many aspects resembles the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Constructed in 2006 - 2011, second largest church building in Africa.

Other man made landmarks

  • Banapa Mission - Bioko Norte. Enormous, ornate building in Neo-Renaissance style, constructed in the late 19th century, renovated in 2009.
  • Suspension bridge of Punta Europa Terminal - Bioko Norte. Large suspension bridge with 350 m long span, constructed in 2012. This bridge carries gas pipeline and walkway into the sea, bypassing geologically unstable coast.

List of described attractions by provinces

Equatorial Guinea is divided into 7 provinces.

Annobón
Bioko Norte
Bioko Sur
Centro Sur
Kié-Ntem
Litoral
Wele-Nzas

Map of Equatorial Guinea

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