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São Tomé and Príncipe Holidays


ATLANTIC OCEAN ... a hidden treasure and the Galapagos of Africa. These two idyllic islands are often called the ‘African Galápagos’ due to the high number of endemic birds present in such a small area, these islands offer a rare glimpse into the natural world stood still for hundreds of years.

If you are looking for an outdoors adventure miles off the beaten tourist track, then the leafy paradise of São Tomé and Príncipe may just be exactly what you are looking for.

This little-known corner of the world is home to at least 25 endemic bird species, along with many of the West African mainland specialities. Besides being a birders’ paradise, they also host a small number of endemic reptiles, amphibians and several plants!

Where is São Tomé and Príncipe?

São Tomé and Príncipe is located off the West coast of Africa, with its closest mainland countries being Gambon for the bigger São Tomé Island, and Equatorial Guinea for Príncipe Island. The Islands are around 140km apart from each other and are located around 225km off the coast line in the Gulf of Guinea. 

What is the capital of São Tomé and Príncipe?

Confusingly, São Tomé is actually the capital of both the islands (São Tomé and Príncipe). It can be an interesting place to spend a day or two learning about its Portuguese colonial history – the capital was first the centre for the Atlantic slave trade, and then was a hugely productive spot for coffee and cocoa cultivation. Today, the locals are relaxed and friendly, adding a huge amount of charisma of visiting the country that time forgot. 

Why go on a São Tomé and Príncipe holiday?

  • It is a rare slice of untouched island life. For those who don’t like the bustle of tourism, then there is possibly nowhere better to get lost than on these islands where you really feel as though you are discovering a paradise of natural wonders and the palpable history all for yourself.
  • The unspoilt jungles will delight birders & wanderers alike. Not a big mammal destination as it has always been separate from mainland West Africa, but one for those who appreciate the little things from insects, to frogs, to the extremely rare & endangered São Tomé fiscal – there is so much to see here for nature connoisseurs.
  • Activities for true adventurers; there is so much to do here from deep sea fishing, to snorkelling, to relaxing on the beach and on to jungle treks, birding and whale watching. Something for everyone in this lost world of a bygone era.
  • Eco tourism at its finest: The only few lodges where you can stay on the islands completely revolve around and pride themselves on eco-tourism, and here, unlike many other destinations, you can truly educate yourself on & immerse yourself in the conservation projects on the island

Things to do in São Tomé and Príncipe?

Where do we begin? For further information on the activities offered at each individual lodge and island, please see our main pages. For a taster though, there are activities for all sorts of travellers from the most intrepid, to those who like to sit back and soak up the surrounding nature. Activities to be enjoyed in São Tomé and Príncipe range from whale & bird watching, to hikes, to scuba diving or simply sauntering around a fishing village enjoying the local bustle of island life.

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