Places in Equatorial Guinea
Rio Muni covers the whole area of continental Equatorial Guinea from the River Ntem in the north, to the Gabon border in the south and east. Highlights include the Monte Alen National Park, where the tropical forests ring with jabbering of chimpanzees and gorillas. For a contemporary look at life in Equatorial Guinea, try the port town of Bata.
Bata is a town under construction. The influx of American oil money has finally reached Rio Muni’s shores, and electricity, new roads, streetlights, a manicured (and somewhat sanitised) waterfront, and plenty of American oilmen are there to prove it. Dozens of new buildings are going up in expectation of a richer, more Westernised future.