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A tropical paradise virtually all to yourself!

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São Tomé and Príncipe is a two-island country and Africa’s second smallest nation. Portuguese and Creole-influenced, these islands offer unspoiled scenery and a remoteness that is hard to find.

Whether in thick jungle or on palm-fringed beaches during a beach holiday in Africa, you'll have this tropical paradise virtually to yourself, with only a handful of tourists a week venturing here!

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You can sip some of the world’s best coffee, eat fresh fruit and seafood, delight on gourmet chocolate, stay in the crumbling roças (houses) of the old colonial plantations, dive and snorkel in uncharted waters, trek the endlessly bio-diverse jungles, and explore sleepy fishermen’s villages at your own, leisurely pace on a walking luxury safari, away from anything that resembles hustle and bustle. São Tomé Town is a charming, colonial capital where accommodation is in old cocoa plantation houses.

At the southernmost tip of the island, Praia Jalé is an eco-tourist region and home to nesting sea turtles. Off the southern tip of the island lies the tiny islet of Ilhéu das Rolas, which straddles the Equator. It has some pleasant beaches - perfect for a beach holiday in Africa - and offers good diving. São Tomé is the kind of place you may never have heard about, but once you visit, you just might never leave.

Príncipe is the smaller of the two islands and is, if at all possible, even more laid-back; its only main town, San Antonio, has some distinctive colonial architecture, whilst its beaches are deserted and its waters are good for snorkelling. There is a wonderful lodge here that offers remoteness, idyllic beaches, and amazing fishing.

 

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore – Dream – Discover - Mark Twain - You can view clips of some of our own favourite discoveries here.


100% Tailor Made

- Utterly designed and tailored around you and your requirements

- Totally unique every time you travel with us

- The very best hand picked guides which can make the difference between a  good and an outstanding holiday

Priceless Knowledge

- Established over 27 years ago we have been around longer than most

- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover

- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience

Making a difference

- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities


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