According to Lonely Planet, "the diminutive Equatorial Guinea is a slowly developing speck of a country that has few tourist attractions aside from its shorelines and jungle interior. It attracts adventurers looking to get off the beaten-path and explore a bit of the unknown."
While, BBC News reveals, "Since independence in 1968,
In recent years the former Spanish colony has become one of sub-Saharan
Large oil and gas deposits were discovered off
Politics: President Obiang seized power in 1979; rights groups have condemned his rule as one
But few people have benefited from the oil riches and the country ranks near the bottom of a UN human development index. The government has started a scheme to divert a share of oil revenues into social projects.
The corruption watchdog Transparency International has put
For initial photos of Equatorial Guinea, click here.