8 Day Cultural & Historical Sao Tome & Principe

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Sao Tome and Principe

These remote islands lie approximately 200 kilometres off the west coast of Gabon, in the Gulf of Guinea and offer rugged beauty and isolation. The islands form Africa's second smallest nation and are comprised of two exquisite archipelagos surrounding two main islands. In the small island nation of Sao Tome and Príncipe, there is a popular expression ‘leve leve’ which loosely translates to 'take it easy’, which perfectly encapsulates the relaxed laidback atmosphere that permeates this unspoilt little piece of paradise. The extraordinarily diverse local fauna and flora range from the world's smallest ibis to the world’s largest sunbird. The landscape is equally as varied, with mountains blanketed in lush tropical forests and pristine golden-sand beaches which, despite their remarkable beauty, see surprisingly few visitors.

Sao Tome

Days 1 - 2

Set along the beautiful Ana Chaves Bay in the northeast of Sao Tome Island, the national capital of Sao Tome is known for its idyllic setting and faded grandeur. This town retains an endearing charm, featuring old Portuguese buildings lining almond tree-fringed streets, crumbling colonial churches, pink palaces and dried up fountains. Visitors can look forward to visiting the Roca Belo Monte, a popular historic site; stroll along the Ilheu das Rolas Beach; view the Presidential Palace; explore the Fort de Sao Sebastiao, and discover the Cathedral of Sao Tome.

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Residencial Avenida

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Sao Tome and Principe

Days 2 - 3

These remote islands lie approximately 200 kilometres off the west coast of Gabon, in the Gulf of Guinea and offer rugged beauty and isolation. The islands form Africa's second smallest nation and are comprised of two exquisite archipelagos surrounding two main islands. In the small island nation of Sao Tome and Príncipe, there is a popular expression ‘leve leve’ which loosely translates to 'take it easy’, which perfectly encapsulates the relaxed laidback atmosphere that permeates this unspoilt little piece of paradise. The extraordinarily diverse local fauna and flora range from the world's smallest ibis to the world’s largest sunbird. The landscape is equally as varied, with mountains blanketed in lush tropical forests and pristine golden-sand beaches which, despite their remarkable beauty, see surprisingly few visitors.

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Roca Belo Monte

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Sao Tome and Principe

Principe Island

Days 3 - 5

Located just off the west coast of Africa, Príncipe is the smaller island of the two island nation of Sao Tome and Principe. This lost world features coffee and cocoa plantations, fabulous sandy beaches and exotic jungle blanketing rugged landscapes inhabited by a host of endemic wildlife. This remote volcanic island is also home to a variety of unique birdlife such as the Principe spierops, golden weaver and sunbird. There are a number of activities to look forward to including: excellent snorkelling, diving, bird watching, and fishing. Visitors can look forward to spotting triggerfish and turtles in the underwater wonderland around Jockey Cap Island; visit the unspoilt Praia Banana, the most famous beach on Príncipe; and explore the surrounding islets which are a part of the UNESCO designated Island of Príncipe Biosphere Reserve.

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Bom Bom Island Resort

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Principe Island

Sao Tome Island

Days 5 - 6

Situated in the Gulf of Guinea, just off the west coast of Africa, the island of Sao Tome makes up one of two islands that form Africa’s second-smallest country - Sao Tome and Príncipe. This volcanic island is the larger of the two islands and features dramatic natural scenery and a fascinating history. This undiscovered gem is known for its ecotourism, taking advantage of the lush, thick jungle, the breathtaking scenery, cascading waterfalls, and pristine black and white sand beaches. Visitors can enjoy an array of activities including boating, diving, snorkelling, jungle trekking, whale watching, fishing and exploring the town of São Tomé with its crumbling Portuguese architecture. Don’t miss a visit to the Obo National Park filled with over 60 varieties of exotic birdlife and beautiful untouched nature.

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Porto Alegre

Days 6 - 7

Porto Alegre is situated near the southern tip of Sao Tome Island off the west coast of Africa. Just under three kilometres from Ponta Homem da Capa, the southernmost point of the island, the village of Porto Alegre makes a great base for enjoying some of the best beaches on Sao Tome, as well as some rewarding excursions. The gorgeous beach of Praia Inhame features turquoise waters and thick jungle verging the golden sands and can be reached by a scenic, two-kilometre walking trail from Porto Alegre, though there is also an Eco Lodge positioned even closer to the seaside. Other key activities include trips across the Canal das Rolas to the spectacular islet of Ilheu das Rolas, and visiting the other scenic beach on the south coast, the highly-rated Praia Piscina.

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Praia Inhame Eco-Lodge

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Porto Alegre

Sao Tome

Days 7 - 8

As previously described

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Pestana Sao Tome

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