El Paseo de Horatio is a 2.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Malabo, Bioko Norte, Equatorial Guinea that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 2.4 km Elevation Gain: 59 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
bugs
11 days ago

El Paseo de Horatio is a small nature preserve located on the grounds of the beautiful Sofitel Sipopo hotel. There is no fee and you don't need to be a guest of the hotel to visit. A clearly visible and well-maintained wooden causeway leads you from the hotel grounds across a small bay to Isla Horatio, a small basaltic island covered in forest and mangrove swamps. A cobbled path (may be slick in places) leads you to some massive ceiba trees, coconut palms, and views of the fringing mangrove swamps. There are numerous small shade shelters with benches, some traditional stone carvings, as well as a few interpretive signs written in Spanish and French. The trail is easy to follow and arranged as two forks leading to different parts of the small island. Birds are abundant, and I saw several fruit bats get startled from their tree roosts. On the ground look for agama lizards and skinks, as well as fiddler and hermit crabs. A very interesting, short, and safe intro to some of the natural beauty of Equatorial Guinea. The swamps are however full of mosquitos, but I doused my clothes with Deet and they weren't too bothersome. If you don't take precautions you may get eaten up though. The island and beach outside the hotel was deserted on a beautiful Saturday morning. I also found the beaches great for finding local seashells.

hiking
11 days ago

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