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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:30 -- abc_admin

Birding tours

We know of no birding tours to Equatorial Guinea.

Guides

We do not know of any bird guides in Equatorial Guinea.

Trip reports

We have not been able to find any trip reports for Equatorial Guinea.

Logistics

There are two flights a week from Madrid to the capital, Malabo. There are also regular flights to Douala in Cameroon and these connect with direct flights to various European cities including London, Paris and Rome. There are also flights from several west and central African capitals. The country's national airline has six flights a week from Malabo to Bata. On Bioko there are taxi connections around the island, while in Rio Muni about three minibuses a day run each way along the coast road between Bata and Acalayong and six a day head inland to Ebebiyin. There are currently no companies offering car rental. Rain is the main factor to consider when travelling in Equatorial Guinea. Dirt roads are the norm which become extremely muddy and could leave you stranded for some time. To avoid the wet season, the best time to travel in Equatorial Guinea is between November and April.

Safety

Safety and health issues are no different from those in many African countries. Guidebooks, travel companies and websites provide much of the advice one needs, but key points warrant repetition here: (1) be aware of the risk of malaria and seek current advice, sleep in a sealed tent or under a net and take prophylaxis as recommended; (2) always ensure you have sufficient water and some method of purification (even if this comprises a pot and a campfire for boiling); (3) do not underestimate the danger of being in the sun for too long, ensure you use sun-block, drink plenty of water and wear a hat; (4) be aware of the risk of AIDS; (5) ensure that you take a reasonably-equipped first-aid pack with you including supplies of hypodermic and suturing needles. See the following 2 websites or your own local embassy website for the latest safety and travel information: US Travel and UK FCO.

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