Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea Encompassed

Equatorial Guinea – Encompassed Tour – a 10 day Small Group Tour from £3895 per person.


Amid the malaise of contemporary misrule Equatorial Guinea’s people strive for a better life. An oil rich state whose population languishes in poverty, the country is often cited as an exemplar of the paradox of plenty.

However, although the concept of tourism is not well understood, colonial cultural and architectural legacies, empty beaches and pristine primary forests are a good place to start. The very fact that there are so few visitors lends an unaffected aspect to Equatorial Guinea.

Make no mistake, travel is sometimes arduous, but the rewards are unexpectedly rich.

Explore Equatorial Guinea with Undiscovered Destinations. From the nesting sea turtles of Rio Muni to the cosmopolitan waterfront restaurants of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea truly offers something to suit every taste.

Spread across a number of Atlantic islands and a coastal strip of mainland territory, when setting out on this journey you will be following in the footsteps of intrepid Victorian explorers such as Sir Richard Burton and Mary Kingsley.

This tiny nation, with less than a million inhabitants, features a stunning variety of landscapes, sights and peoples. Here you will find the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic fused with the bio-diverse jungles of Central Africa and the cultures and flavours of Europe and the Americas.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track 
  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife

Tour Pace

Busy

Tour style

Pioneer

Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.

Itinerary.

Arrive in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, located on the island of Bioko, 30km off the coast of mainland West Africa. Equatorial Guinea is a disparate nation comprising five islands and a continental African province. Transfer to hotel accommodation. Overnight Hotel Yoli.

After breakfast your guide will provide a tour briefing at 9am.Travel to Bioko Sur, a protected jungle area covering the southern portion of Bioko. En route to Moka we pass through the town of Riaba, crossing the impressive Puente Cope bridge along the way. In Moka we visit the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program and learn about its conservation work. After lunch we continue to Batété, site of Equatorial Guinea’s oldest church, built entirely from wood in 1887, and sorely in need of some maintenance. Our last stop is Luba, a picturesque port on the west coast where in 1778 the Spanish first landed and laid claim to the island. A monument commemorating the event lies at the northern end of town. Overnight Hotel Nautico. (BLD)

Today we head to the southern coastal village of Ureka. Known as the wettest place in Africa, and one of the wettest in the word, Ureka endures a record-breaking 10,450mm of rainfall per year. Take an umbrella. In Ureka we visit the local office of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program. From November to March researchers and staff work to protect nearby sea turtle nesting sites. During our visit it may be possible observe turtles laying their eggs in the sand – a remarkable sight. However, it’s not easy. Turtles nest very late in the evening, if they appear at all. Nest sites may lie a two hour torchlit hike away along tidal beaches – take swimwear and be prepared to wade. In the early hours we return to our hotel. Overnight Hotel Nautico. (BL)

Please note – Depending on the tides you should be prepared to wade through water up to waist height as the tide comes in. It is important that appropriate footwear and shorts or swimwear is worn. You must also bring your own torch. Bring some snacks to have later in the evening before returning to the hotel. Depending on the location of the nesting sites it can be up to a 2 hour walk along the beach in each direction.

Further Information

A good deal of flexibility is required on this day, as changes to the advertised programme may be required at short notice. Depending on the tides we may have some spare time. Other activities may be arranged should this be the case, including a visit to Arena Blanca Beach, and/or a local cacao (chocolate) factory.

After breakfast we return to the capital for a walking tour of the city. Exploring among colonial architecture and local markets you’ll hear Spanish and perhaps Pichinglis – a kind of Creole English that arrived with Sierra Leonean migrants in the early 19th century. The recent influx of oil wealth has led to widespread development in Malabo, leading to a surprising choice of cafes and restaurants. Whether it’s Spanish paella or local pepe soup, you’ll find it all in Malabo. However, the city is not large, and a tour of its neat downtown avenues takes only a few hours. After lunch we visit ‘New’ Malabo, with its 5-star hotel and plush shopping centres, a contrast to the old centre. Overnight Hotel Yoli. (BD)

We enjoy a leisurely start to the day before taking a lunchtime flight to Río Muni, the country’s mainland province, where we touch down at the coastal city of Bata. Far larger than Malabo, this is the throbbing heart of the nation and a gateway to the continental Africa. Here, walk along the breezy Paseo Maritimo which runs the length of this long, thin city, and take in ocean views. If you thought Malabo was a cultural melting pot, then prepare to be amazed by Bata, as you rub shoulders with Spanish businessmen, Italian engineers, Chinese construction workers, Middle Eastern hoteliers and African traders from across the region. These diverse groups have all brought their own food, so the choice of restaurants and bars is fantastic. As you might expect, there is also a strong cultural scene, centred mainly around the Spanish, French and Equatoguinean Cultural Centres, featuring music, art and other events throughout the year. Following an afternoon city tour, we return to our hotel for dinner. Overnight Hotel Carmen. (BD)

Leaving Bata behind, we follow the north coast towards the border with Cameroon. Along the way we stop at the old Punta Mbonda lighthouse and Tika Beach before reaching the Rio Campo in time for lunch. The river marks the border between Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon, and it’s likely we’ll encounter local people making the international crossing in simple canoes. From Rio Campo we return to our hotel in Bata. Overnight Ibis Hotel or similar. (BL)

Today we journey through the forested inland plateau to the President’s hometown of Mongomo, on the Gabonese border. The town is home to a series of ostentatious architectural monuments, including is the massive Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the second largest church in Africa, styled after St Peter’s in Vatican City. From Mongomo, we continue to the country’s proposed new capital city of Djibloho, also known as Oyala. Truly isolated in the heart of the jungle, it’s a surreal experience to drive a deserted eight lane highway until Oyala’s skyscrapers suddenly appear on the horizon, seemingly out of nowhere. Due for completion in 2020, the city already boasts a five-star luxury hotel, our home for the night, and an 18-hole golf course. Overnight Hotel Djibloho (Oyala). (BD)

Venturing back towards the coast, our next stop is Monte Allen National Park, a vast expanse once filled by abundant wildlife, including forest elephants, Western Lowland Gorillas and chimpanzees. Sadly, the park had little infrastructure and after years of neglect by government attracted the attentions of poachers. We are unlikely to see any wildlife. Nonetheless, a visit still allows us to experience the jungles of one of Africa’s least visited national parks. From Monte Allen, we return to Bata and continue to Mbini, located at the mouth of Benito River. The river landscape here is dominated by the Chinese-built suspension bridge which stretches 800m over the river, linking the southern portion of the coastline to Bata. The bridge is a sight to behold, especially when illuminated at night. However, be careful taking photographs as bridges are designated ‘strategic sites.’ Overnight Complejo Turistico de Mbini or Kogo Ocean Resort, Cogo. (BD)

After breakfast we drive to Cogo, located on a peninsula at the mouth of the Muni River surrounded by the Reserva Natural del Estuario del Rio Muni.  The government hopes to make Cogo a commercial and tourism hub for the area, and as a result it’s expanding rapidly. The redevelopment of the waterfront is already underway and it’s clear the walkway by the market aspires to be a smaller version of Bata’s Paseo Maritimo. On a clear day you can see right across the river to Gabon. In the afternoon we return to Bata where there’s time for an early evening dinner before the short return flight to Malabo. (BD)

After breakfast we drive to the summit of Pico Basile, at 3,018m it’s the highest point on the island and in the country. Descending, we call in at the so visit the church of the Virgin of Bisila, an interesting example of the appropriation of a pre-Christian forest deity. Later, we return to Malabo in time for airport check-in and evening flight departures. (B)

Dates & Price.

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  • Tour Code 20-01
    Start Saturday December 5, 2020
    End Monday December 14, 2020
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £3,895.00 /Person

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    Trip Extras:

    Equatorial Guinea – Encompassed (EQG) Single Supplement
    £ 499.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

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  • Tour Code 21-01
    Start Sunday November 28, 2021
    End Tuesday December 7, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £3,995.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Equatorial Guinea – Encompassed (EQG) Single Supplement
    £ 499.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

    Learn More

Tour Notes

This group tour operates subject to a minimum group size of 3 travellers.

Single Supplement from £499.

Extra night accommodation pre and/or post tour in Malabo costs from £62 per person, per night sharing a twin/double room and £94 per person in a solo occupancy room.

Please note that the prices quoted above are for the category of accommodation and hotel used for this particular tour. Depending on the hotel eventually confirmed there may be some difference in the rate advertised by the hotel, and the prices available through Undiscovered Destinations. It should be noted we will not apply a surcharge should more expensive accommodation be used. At the same time in the event that a lower rate is available for the confirmed hotel we are unable to offer a refund.

Return flights from London to Malabo start from £720. Please contact us for a quotation.

Airport transfers are included if you are booking pre and/or post tour accommodation at the hotel mentioned in our tour dossier.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All accommodation
  • Transport
  • Domestic flights
  • Services of English speaking guide / tour leader
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
  • Tourist permits

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Drinks
  • Any personal expenses

It was not an easy journey and it is not a country that openly welcomes tourists but it was fascinating. The logistics worked very well in a country which has numerous challenges.

C. Lombard, UK