This two-island nation sits off the coast of Gabon, isolated in the tropical Gulf of Guinea. Once a Portuguese colony that produced vast amounts of cocoa, it is now a forgotten archipelago, beautiful and peaceful, but a world apart from mainland Africa.
Sao Tome is the larger of the islands, containing the majority of the population, but it is Principe that that attracts most attention. The entire island is a protected UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserve, carpeted with thick rainforest, through which dramatic stony peaks erupt. This beautiful blend of ecology and geology gives the island a Lost World feel, with the rainforest begging to be explored.
A Little More About Principe
Principe is a virtually undiscovered paradise in the Atlantic Ocean. It's a place where dense rainforests teem with exotic birds, where whales play off deserted beaches and where a friendly community of people welcome you to their paradisaical home.
Some Ideas for a Sao Tome and Principe Holiday
- Relax amidst the beautiful grounds of former colonial plantation, Roca Sundy
- Take guided walks through the Principe biosphere, exploring this wonderful rainforest ecosystem
- Spot new-born turtles hatching on the golden beaches of Principe
- Snorkel, paddleboard and kayak off the jungled coastline, across the warm waters of the Gulf of Guinea
- Visit one of the friendly local communities, made up of descendants of former slaves, Portuguese colonists and West African labourers
- Spot migrating humpback whales as they pass by the islands between July and October