Monte Alen National Park Central Africa’s best kept secrets

Monte Alen is one of Central Africa’s best-kept secrets, and reason enough to take a trip to Equatorial Guinea. A protected area covering 1400 sq km (540 sq mi), the park is an excellent place to experience the lush rain forests and wildlife of Rio Muni. There are well-maintained and accessible trails as well as a series of accessible campements (campsites) to spend the night in.

The trails lead to lakes where it’s possible to spot mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants, crocodiles and a whole range of other African animals. Be aware that hiking in the park can be hot, slippery and strenuous – stock up on water, dry clothes and other supplies.