Our First Trip to Moka

We’ve only been to Moka once during our stay here in Equatorial Guinea. However, it was so lovely that I know we will be going back many times.

The Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program has a research center in Moka that they use as their home base between research expeditions and field work. On the weekends, you can head to the center and hire a guide to take you hiking on a couple of trails they maintain.  They also have a house in Malabo, where the students stay when they’re studying at Universidad Nacional de Guinea Equatorial (UNGE), who’ve partnered with Drexel University and ExxonMobil to form this program.  You can find out more about this great program at http://www.bioko.org

Anyways, we went with some friends to go on a hike a couple of weeks ago.  We decided to do a hike that takes you down the side of a mountain, across a field, and ends on a cliff overlooking some waterfalls.  It was a beautiful day in Moka, but as we hiked down to the waterfall it got progressively foggier, and of course as we hiked back (after not being able to see them) it cleared up again. Oh well, they aren’t going anywhere! We’ll see them someday, for sure.

The BBPP house in Moka. Probably built early in the 1900's by Spanish colonists.

The BBPP house in Moka. Probably built early in the 1900’s by Spanish colonists.

Weird looking tree, as we start our hike to the waterfalls.

Weird looking tree, as we start our hike to the waterfalls.

Hiking through the jungle.

Hiking through the jungle.

Crossing a stream.

Crossing a stream.

Waiting for the fog to clear.

Waiting for the fog to clear, and playing with our neighbor’s dog, Tucker.

Our view of the waterfalls. . .

Our view of the waterfalls. . .

Driving back through Luba, looks like a nice little port city/hamlet.

Driving back to Malabo, a quick breathtaking view of the Gulf of Guinea

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2 thoughts on “Our First Trip to Moka

  1. Hi Guys, Nate here. Can you send your update contact information ASAP. Somehow, I have old e-mails and addresses (go figure, you worldly travelers). Kiitos!

  2. Pingback: The Cascades Trail, Take Two | Dos O'Dos

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