Wonders 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 wonders as lush rainforest with high species diversity, countless waterfalls and, surprisingly, ornate wooden churches and other values of architecture.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 13 wonders of Equatorial Guinea
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.
Some 40 m tall and 800 m wide (with rainforest islands in the middle) waterfall on Mbini river.
Picturesque, wide waterfall on Mbini River.
Iladyi Cascades (Moka Falls)
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.
Group of limestone caves. In 1962 an expedition brought a sculpture of Virgin Mary 3 km inside one of these caves.
Some 50 m tall and approximately 50 – 70 m wide falls on Mbini River, with several cascades.
Suspension bridge of Punta Europa Terminal
Large suspension bridge with 350 m long span, constructed in 2012. This bridge carries gas pipeline and walkway into the sea, bypassing the geologically unstable coast.
Huge and ornate Catholic basilica that in many aspects resembles the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Constructed in 2006 – 2011, the second largest church building in Africa.
Malabo Santa Isabel Cathedral
Beautiful cathedral in Neo-Gothic style, constructed in 1897 – 1916. Towers of the cathedral are 40 m tall.
Banapa Mission and Batete Church
Enormous, ornate building in Neo-Renaissance style, constructed in the late 19th century, renovated in 2009.
Large cathedral in Baroque style. It has two towers and was constructed in the 17th century.
Wonderful wooden church with fine adornments. The interior of the church is even more ornate than the exterior. Constructed in 1887.
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.