Monte Alén National Park

Travel Guide Africa Equatorial Guinea Monte Alén National Park

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Introduction

Monte Alén National Park is definitely nature's highlight in Equatorial Guinea and actually one of the most beautiful and quiet parks anywhere in the region. If it is only one place you can visit, make sure it is this treasure. The protected area covers around 1,400 square kilometres of virgin lush rainforests and there is a lot of wildlife to discover here, including the West African lowland gorilla, as well as mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants, crocodiles and many other species of African wildlife. Well-maintained and accessible trails guide you through the rainforests and if you want to go deeper into the park, it is best to go with a guide and camping equipment as any other option, like lodges, are totally absent here, which only adds to the quiet atmosphere. Also bring enough water and food, and dry clothes to be self-sufficient for a day or so. The park can be reached by shared taxi from Bata.

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Geography

The park has an area of 2,000 square kilometres and lies within the elevation range of 300-1,250 metres. It was declared a national park under a presidential decree in 2000 in addition to 13 other areas. The highest mountain peaks of Monte Alen and Monte Mitra (the source of the major rivers in the area) lie within the limits of the park. Uoro River lies to the west of the park. The eastern part of the park is bounded by the Niefang-Gabon road. There are a few patches of rock outcrops. Lake Atoc has forest cover in its entire catchment.

Trekking paths are well laid out in the park. Logging operation within the park is fully controlled.

The climate is hot humid equatorial, with an average temperature of about 25 °C in the lowland area and 20-23 °C in the highlands. The mean annual rainfall is between 3,000-3,500 millimetres.

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Getting There

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