Most interesting landmarks of Equatorial Guinea
Below are listed the most amazing natural and man made landmarks of Equatorial Guinea.
Natural landmarks of Equatorial Guinea
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 of Equatorial Guinea
- 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.
Described landmarks of Equatorial Guinea
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.
This is the only English language guide to Equatorial Guinea, one of the last truly unexplored corners of sub Saharan Africa. Ranked by the United Nations among the ten least visited countries in the world, this tiny nation is slowly opening up thanks to the discovery of vast oil reserves in the nineties and the resultant influx of foreign workers and capital.
Selected as one of the six best nonfiction books of 1990 by the editors of the New York Times Book Review, this is a compelling and entertaining account of the author’s two-and-a-half year adventure in Equatorial Guinea, and his efforts to get this small bankrupt African nation on the path of structural development.