Moving to EG - Malabo
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jul 7, 2013 5:53 AM Last Post By: Artabanes
Feb 26, 2013 7:34 AM
Moving to EG - MalaboHello...
I am planning on traveling to Malabo in the summer of this year. I plan to live there for a while. Is there anything I need to know before I go forth with my travels? I have gotten a lot of feed back from different people and I am not sure what to expect.
What could I do with $100 us dollars or how could I use it?
How much money do I need monthly to be comfortable?
Any other things that come to your mind I should know please give me your input....
Feb 27, 2013 12:42 AM
1I cannot comment on much here, but I have been to Malabo 3 times on business, a week each time, and I've gotten to know the city reasonably well.
First off is that it is a tiny town. Any type of product you might recognize from a European or North American Supermarket will cost an additional 15% to 50% so it is not the cheapest place to live if you want to purchase some imported items which you will end up doing if you live there. Everything in Malabo is imported, except maybe some live chickens.
Unsure what you are planning for housing as there is almost none to be found and what is available is not cheap either. Hotels in Malabo are priced so high it is almost unbelieveable. The Sofitel runs around $450 per night and even some of the shabby old places like the Dynasty run over $250/night for a really shitty room.
There is little to do there, Fitness centers, movie theatres, vibrant cafe scene. Nope, nope and nope.
$100 would be enough for a weeks worth of groceries, on the conservative side, or 2 semi decent meals at the Sofitel, There are many ways of using $100 so unsure how you'd like a response there.
I myself would not want to live in Malabo longer than 2 months. It is a highly undesirable place to live mostly as it is such a small island, the government and police are highly restrictive (forget climbing the mountain in the center of the island - the government does not allow that) and it is rather boring and expensive.
Bring good books to read for sure.
Jul 7, 2013 5:47 AM
2Indeed, price/quality ratio for rooms in Malabo is extremely high. For a more reasonably priced room, try the Maicol hotel, ave Patrice Lumumba opposite the sports stadium. They have airconditioned rooms with private bathroom (cleanliness could be better I guess, I had a cute little mouse as room mate, luckily no roaches) for 30000 francs or about 65usd.
the Morenita hotel has large clean rooms for 46000 francs.
The Ibis hotel can be booked online and has nothing special rooms for 89000 francs walk in, slightly cheaper in case of non refundable booking on line.
For meal prices, of course the Sofitel is not the reference.
Go to retaurant Sahara (not so far from the Morenita hotel) run a by a friendly Mauritanian. They have very nice steak with french fries and vegetables for 3000 francs (around 6.50usd).
Another option is the Chinese restaurant behind the Hermanos Martinez supermarket, run by a group of friendly folks from Zhejiang. A huge bowl of tasty jiaozi (dumplings) costs also 3000 francs.
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