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Monte Alen National Park

Goliath Frog © Peter Linehan
Goliath Frog © Peter Linehan

The Monte Alen National Park is one of Equatorial Guinea's best kept secrets. Located 37 miles (60km) southeast of Bata, on the mainland, the park boasts lush rainforest and astonishing wildlife. Visitors can see chimpanzees, forest elephants, crocodiles and even mountain gorillas if they are lucky. The reserve is known for its high diversity of primate species. It is also a paradise for bird watchers, with over 250 bird species officially recorded including some unusual specimens. Visitors should ensure that they bring along waterproof hiking gear as the rainforest can be very wet and the paths can get slippery.