Equatorial Guinea - Encompassed


Equatorial Guinea - Encompassed

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 10 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Notes

Important Information

Foreign Government Travel Warnings

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO has no travel warnings in place for Equatorial Guinea. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns.

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.

Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation Rating

At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation which meets our own exacting standards. With a few exceptions you can expect rooms to be en-suite, with private bathroom and when necessary air-conditioning will be provided. In general you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Food & Drink

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.

Food

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more. Eating out can be expensive, and you should budget around 20 to 30 euros for meals not included in the tour.

Lunch £8.00
Dinner £12.00

Drink

The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive. 

Bottle of Beer £1.50
Water £1.00

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practise in Africa. If your local guide has been helpful then you could think about tipping. This amount can obviously be left to you. When tipping a driver, a guide or hotel staff a few euros will always be gratefully received.

Foreign Exchange

ATM Availability: ATM machines which accept international cards can be found in Malabo and Bata, but reliability can be a problem and the machines may not always work
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: The use of credit and debit cards is limited to the top hotels and restaurants in Malabo and Bata
Local Currency: CFA Franc
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Euros or US Dollars
Where to Exchange: Exchange facilities are available at Malabo’s airport and in the city’s major banks. Outside of Malabo and Bata facilities will be very limited 

Joining your Tour 

Flight Information

Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme. 

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour. 

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. 

Visa Information

All nationals except American citizens require a visa to visit Equatorial Guinea. Previously the process has been difficult or visas have been granted for business visitors only. However, Undiscovered Destinations has an excellent relationship with the country’s London embassy, and applications made by our travellers will be given full consideration. Although no guarantees can be given, we anticipate that with the necessary supporting documentation, applications will be granted. 

Should you be applying from outside of the UK, or there is no diplomatic representation in your home country, please contact us for further assistance. It is likely the London embassy will consider applications made from travellers in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other countries without an embassy or consulate.

At the time of writing the London embassy will require your application to be supported by a Police Certificate.  This is to confirm whether or not the applicant has a criminal record in the United Kingdom. To apply for a Police Certificate in the UK please visit www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx 

Please be aware that visa information is subject to change, therefore please refer to your nearest embassy for up to date advice. Please note that the price of your tour does not include visa costs. 

Passports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK. 

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities. 

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Vaccinations & Protection

As with travel to most parts of the developing world, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. Anti-malaria medication will also be required and the use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended. 

You will also need to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate to enter Equatorial-Guinea. 

Preparing for your tour

Climate

Equatorial Guinea has two distinctive and very pronounced seasons: rainy and dry seasons. April to October are the wettest months of the year, and December to March are the driest. We generally schedule our group tours to depart between November and March when you can expect average daytime temperatures in the region of 30ºC.

Clothing

When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy.

Equipment

Suncream/sunblock is a must. Insect repellent, including a bite spray will also be useful to have. A torch is always useful. If you are bringing a digital camera it is also advisable to bring a spare battery, as there will be occasions when electricity is not available.

Footwear

Sensible footwear is important and although most tours only include moderate walking or trekking comfortable walking shoes/boots is recommended.

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable. We advise you to travel with a rucksack or soft bag rather than a suitcase.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Generally electrical supply is 220-240V AC (50 Hz) and uses European two circular pin style plugs.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes.

These tour notes were prepared on 26/05/16