Sao Tome and Principe: our new favourite specks off Africa.
We’re excited. It’s not every day you find two naturally beautiful islands, untouched by the tourist trail and bursting with wildlife and history; black and white sand beaches, some of the world’s best coffee, sleepy fishing villages, turtles hatching on the beach and elephants roaming the shore.
Visit the volcanic crater deep in the Ôbo forest, picnic by natural waterfall known as Formoso Cascade and swim on your own secluded beach on the East coast. What could be better?
Night time on Sao Tome is when the magic begins. Marine turtles have been coming to Sao Tome for millions of years, and between October and April you have the chance to head out with eco-guides to see how the protect species crawl ashore to nest. The island is an eco-haven, carefully protected and maintained by a friendly team of wildlife enthusiasts, which means you will constantly be near an expert full of fascinating insight. When the sun goes down you’ll head back to your luxury accomodation at the Omali Lodge.
Next, take a short plane hop to neighbouring Principe and settle in to the Eco paradise Bom Bom resort.Here your thatched bungalow will overlook the sea, and you’ll drift off to sleep at night to the sound of the Atlantic Ocean. Aside from incredible hiking along the palm-fringed coast and through the rugged landscapes in land, you can explore natural rock pools with their own eco systems, see monkeys and parrots in the jungle or snorkel and scuba dive around spectacular volcanic rock formations.
The surf here isn’t bad either. And if you’re keen to see bigger fish (or mammals), from July to September humpback whales visit the surrounding waters. Head out for some once in a lifetime whale watching. Just watch out for those huge tail fins. And if all this nature is going to your head, the nearby rustic town of Santo Antonio is a photographer’s dream. Enjoy the local vibe in this colourful village, once Portuguese and now lived in by the people of Principe, and rummage through it’s bustling market before finishing off with a cooling dip in your pool back at Bom Bom. Island living at it’s best. ‘Leve leve’ (easy-easy) as the locals say.
Available Year Round
Disclaimer: Pins in map may not be accurate if Google Maps cannot find the exact address. In this case an approximation is made.
Santo Antonio, Sao Tome and Principe