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Equatorial Guinea/West Sahara - Anyone Been There?  
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1206 times:

Ok, I am a bit obsessed with this part of Africa, unfortunately I have never been further south than Tunisia and not further north than South Africa.

So, by a coincidence, while I was browsing the Iberia website today, I noticed Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea. A city in Western Sahara is served via Las Palmas and Malabo is served via Madrid, looks interesting for me as a German resident because I can get easily to MAD or LPA by Iberia ir the classic "holiday airlines", so why not continue from there to a few very exoric countries?.

Equatorial Guinea is the only Spanish speaking country in Africa and a pretty exotic country, I would like to visit it. Is there anything you can do there, is it worth (and possible) to take a boat to the main-land or is it enough to spend two days at Malabo and around? A lot of Americans seem to live there since the "oil boom", can you expect a decent nightlife in Malabo since a lot of foreigners are around?

Furthermore, Western Sahara doesn't even seem to be an official country. I searched the website of the German Foreign Ministry for "West Sahara" but I got no results, so I guess it is still occupied by Morroco. Is that right and does anyone have any information about visa regulations?

Please enlighten me about these countries a bit. If you have any other travel tips/reports regarding West Africa, feel free to share them here. I am also interested in any other country there!

Patrick

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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3571 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Hmm, this country seems to be almost non-existent: Look on the homepage of the German foreign ministry, they have almost no information:
http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/www/d..._ausgabe_html?type_id=14&land_id=8

[Edited 2006-03-03 01:36:39]

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 1):
Hmm, this country seems to be almost non-existent: Look on the homepage of the German foreign ministry, they have almost no information:



Quoting Sabena332 (Thread starter):
Furthermore, Western Sahara doesn't even seem to be an official country.

See the quotes above.

In case you didn't know (or you didn't notice), this thread is about Western Sahara AND Equatorial Guinea, they are not the same country, nor bordering each other or so!

Patrick


User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3571 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 2):

I was aware of it  Smile. Anyway, with which airline do you want to fly there? LH, Iberia, or maybe something even worse?  Wink


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3821 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Patrick, in case you plan to go there and need somebody to come along, I'm always good for a short trip to a crazy place. You know how to reach me.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1173 times:

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 3):
Anyway, with which airline do you want to fly there? LH, Iberia, or maybe something even worse?

I don't even know if I should go there, henche my thread.

One thing is for sure, to get to [insert name of the Western Sahara city here] is only possible via LPA and Binter Canarias, however the booking engine gave me a strage reply, it was in German but I couldn't understand it, though.

Malabo is served by Swiss and Iberia, Swiss has a human schedule, it's a great airline and has also nice fares, if I go I will see to get an LX flight (or does the airline of a certain A.netter serve Malabo nowadays from ACC? Would be even better)  Wink

Patrick


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 4):
Patrick, in case you plan to go there and need somebody to come along, I'm always good for a short trip to a crazy place.

Good to know that, I am still angry that I "had" to cancel my Iran/UAE trip, now I am searching for something similar exotic, but unfortunately there is not 707, Tu-204 or 154 in Equatorial Guinea or Western Sahara.  Wink

Patrick


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

Western Sahara:
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/wi.html
Morocco claims and administers Western Sahara, whose sovereignty remains unresolved.


Equatorial Guinea
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ek.html
Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent.


User currently offlineYOWza From South Africa, joined Jul 2005, 4883 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1155 times:

I was in EG for work last year. There is not much tourist oriented development. The weather was ok but that was about it. A lot of things about this country are kept very low key including their offshore oil reserves. This oil is mainly exploited by US based companies who fly all workers in on charters after dark. These workers barely talk or interact with the locals. I was there on a software contract for one of these US companies.

YOWza



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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

There are a few first-person perspective travel reports (even some from Germans) covering West Sahara available via Google, so it seems that the country is not as secluded as it appears to be. If you are into pittoresque desert landscapes, this seems to be your place, but if you dig nightlife, you should probably better stay at LPABig grin

The city is El Aaiun BTW.



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User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

I haven't been to Equatorial Guinea, but I'm interested in going. It seems a bit of a one off kinda place.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1104 times:

Thanks for the replies!

Well, seems that both countries are not really attractive for me. Looks like I have to go to Vegas instead.  Wink

Patrick


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