Sao Tomé and Principe Islands are one of the last island paradises that remain almost untouched. Travelling to Sao Tomé and Principe Islands can be the ideal option for those travellers looking for unspoilt beaches, spectacular natural scenery, colonial atmosphere, and safety. Sao Tomé and Principe Islands can also be a brilliant way to end your vacations in Central Africa . For example you can visit Cameroon’s tribal areas, Chad’s Ennedi Desert , Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in Central African Republic , or any of Gabon’s wonderful national parks, and end the remaining days of your vacations on the beaches of Sao Tomé and Principe Islands. It’s a 1h flight from Libreville in Gabon. There also permanent flights from Lisbon in Portugal.
TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS OF SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
Spectacular volcanic black sand beaches and white sand beaches, surrounded of rainforest and savannas, all along the coast of Sao Tome and Principe Islands.
Great trekking around the magnificent mountain forests cover about 28% of the country, of which 44% is classified as primary forest. Most of this remaining forest is found in the most inaccessible parts of the country. There are over 150 types of tree ferns on the islands, more than anywhere else in Africa. Also, coconut palms reach down to the fringes of the beaches, almond trees and bread fruit trees line the town streets, and banana, cocoa and sugar cane.
Ilha das Rolas (Rolas Island), 3h drive from Sao Tomé city, with a paradisiac beach with the clearest waters from Sao Tome.
Great food, a mixture of Portuguese and local influence, with a variety of fish dishes to suit any palate. We will provide a list of eateries to try. This ‘mestizo’ flavour can also be felt in the local architecture (interesting colonial heritage) and in the local folklore (Afro-Portuguese carnival).
The colonial farm houses known as ‘Roças’: some of them have been converted into family hostels. Spending some nights at a Roça is the best way to get to know Sao Tomé and Principe’s rural interior.
Bird watching paradise: Sao Tomé and Principe Islands have 143 different species of birds of whom 28 are endemic to the islands.
At certain times of the year these beaches are visited by five species of sea turtle for breeding. September – March is the turtle-nesting season.
Amazing fish fauna: the waters of Sao Tome and Principe are still largely unexplored. So far, 230 fish species have been distinguished of which many are endemic. You can target the elusive large Blue Marlin and world record size sailfish that have rightfully made the area so famous, as well has its vast variety of game fish such as yellow fin tuna, wahoo, dorado, snapper, barracuda amongst many others. Best visibility for divers (December – March).
Safety: Sao Tomé and Principe Islands are a heaven for vacationers due to its safety conditions, both in the urban centres as in the rural communities.
ORGANISING YOUR TRIP TO SAO TOME & PRINCIPE ISLANDS
Middle-Africa organises private travel tours to every corner of Sao Tomé and Príncipe Islands all year around. We have a 10 days tour departures and we also offer the possibility of extending your stay in the country in some beach resort or visiting the smaller Principe Island. Please feel free to contact us at any time.