Malabo means business—don’t take that literary, but this little Equatorial Guinea’s capital is no doubt a business hub for serious-minded people. It’s about 300,000 population is made up of nearly 90% expatriates who now consider the city their second home—and many happily do so.
Funny enough, Equatorial Guinea does not pretend about its focus on business, in fact, the country does not presently have provision for tourist visa; its stand is that anyone who wants to visit should have a work or some kind of business to do there. Anyway, some steps are already being taken to gear the central Africa nation towards tourism so things will change soon. By the way, anyone with an American passport is welcome at any time because Equatorial Guinea has a visa-free policy for Americans.
Notwithstanding the above, those who work in the city have a structure that offers them a balance between work and play. Typically, the business hour in the city is between 8am-1pm and 4pm-7pm. From 1pm to 4pm, everything seemingly shuts down as workers step off work for leisure.
A system like this must have enough relaxation spots to cater to the people’s need. Well, Malabo does not disappoint at this. Along Ave de la Independencia—the main street in the town, many restaurants and bars line up to give what defines quality and fun-filled time to everyone. Add Malabo’s friendly vibe, cosmopolitan outlook, picturesque and walkable cityscape to the cart and you can’t help but fall in love with the city.
Located on a natural crater-shaped harbour at the base of Pico Basilé (Basile Mountain)—a volcanic zone, the first catch for anyone coming to Malabo for the first time is the stunning view of the city from the sky. Indeed, sighting a city tucked between a long stretch of beach and a mountain covered in greens—or sometimes cloud, which emits stream of smoke that goes up to kiss the blue sky can easily get anyone awestruck.
The fact that Malabo is a city whose tourism potential has not been exploited means one can look forward to a city with plenty of surprises as against the exploited ones where the fun in surprises have been lost to advertisement.
A visit to this city of many untapped attraction means you are free to roam and roam in natural wonders and get lost and found yourself again as you explore tons of natural sites such as white sand beaches, black sand beaches, rain forests, nature reserves, mountain hiking trails, waterfalls among other limitless possibilities.
Feature Image Credit: Equatorial Guinea water sport by Jugoslav Spasevski
If I have the chance to choose, I think I’d choose a lifetime adventure at Malabo and dig into its surprises than the already hyped sites that have lost their natural lure, what about you?
Michael-Alvin, an imaginative get-it-done wordsmith, blends uncanny taste for facts gleaned from his training in law, and journalism by UNESCO, in his travels and reports about Africa for Afro Tourism.