Overview

We have exciting news if you are looking for bird watching holidays. In 2018 we are planning to run an expert-led guided bird watching tour to São Tomé with an experienced ornithologist. This little known and undiscovered bird watching destination has to be one of the ‘must’ places to explore for all well-travelled birdwatchers.

With over 75 species regularly seen and at least 26 endemics birds, these islands really are the places to be. With careful planning and local support, we hope to observe the incredible giant sunbird, the more elusive Dwarf Olive Ibis and if lucky the São Tomé oriole and scops owl. Many species are relatively easy to spot and we may not have to venture far for some great sightings. However, we will also be undertaking guided walks through the rainforests with a knowledgeable local spotter, which should help increase your overall list of sightings.

If you are interested in joining this or any of our amazing bird watching holidays, please contact us to register your interest.

Itinerary

Fly from Heathrow to Lisbon. On arrival walk (5 mins) to the Trpe Hotel
Walk to the airport and fly to São Tomé. On arrival transfer to Club Santana
Boat trip to Santana Island. Free snorkelling and canoes
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Porto Alegre. En route stopping at Boca do Inferno, Agua Ize plantation, Praia Sete Ondas and always with an eye for possible sightings.
Birdwatching - Malanza Mangrove trip in traditional dugout canoes.
Birdwatching on the island of Rolas - Walking trail to lighthouse and stand on the equator
Birdwatching on the island of Rolas - Walk around the island to spot birds
Return to the mainland and transfer to Roca Sao Joao . Rest of the day free. The roca and its garden are forest are perfect for bird watching
Birdwatching in the forest around Roca Sao Joao. Rainforest walk with bird watching opportunities can be organised through the roca
Transfer to Bombaim with Monte Café excursion and plenty opportunities to birdwatch
Walk to Lagoa Amelia (3 hrs). During this walk you could spot São Tomé Speirops, dagger-billed Forest Chestnut-winged Starlings, São Tomé Spinetail, São Tomé Prinia and African Masked Weaver (endemic subspecies)
Rainforest walk (4-5hrs) before your onward transfer to Mucumbli
The area around Mucumbli can be fertile ground for sightings. It is also possible to see whales and dolphins from the balconies of your accommodation.
Morning free until transfer to the airport. Fly home on overnight flight

Price Per Person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

Jan

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Feb

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Mar

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Apr

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May

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Jun

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Jul

£3540

Aug

£3540

Sep

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Oct

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Nov

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Dec

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INCLUDED: International flights from UK (guide price). Accommodation in São Tomé in twin share, en-suite rooms on a full board basis (Roca Sao Joao has shared bathrooms). Only Lisbon Tryp hotel is on B&B basis. Return airport transfers on São Tomé. Fully guided throughout with local guide on bird watching excursions. Support from our local team when on the island. EXCLUDED: Meals not specified above and insurance. Additional excursions on free days.

Accommodation

The accommodation on this trip varies from small comfortable hotels to Eco Lodges to former plantation houses (Rocas) that have been tastefully renovated.

Activities

The main focus of this trip will be endemic birds of São Tomé. We'll have early starts on most days as the islands are on the equator and the sun sets just after 6pm.

Location

This bird watching trip visits more or less the whole island, from the east coast all the way down to the southern tip to the interior and west of the island.