Overview

There will be plenty to see and do during this active São Tomé off the Beaten Track adventure holiday.

Your first night is spent at Omali Lodge on the outskirts of São Tomé City. From here head west towards the town of Neves where you start the west to east island traverse, which in places the going will be hard.

This rewarding 3-day jungle trek through the rain forests around the Obo national park takes you to the foot of Pico do São Tomé, the islands’ highest peak (2024m). There is an option to climb the peak (subject to weather and fitness) before descending on rough jungle trails to the east coast, where you’ll have a well-deserved rest in the beautifully restored Roca Sao Joao.

After your amazing trek, the second part of your trip is more relaxed, though there is still plenty to see and you’ll have time to visit the equator monument, mangroves and swim.

Itinerary

Fly from Heathrow to Lisbon. On arrival walk (5 mins) to the Tryp Hotel
Walk to the airport and fly to São Tomé. On arrival transfer to Omali Lodge
Free day - activities can be organised through the lodge
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Rebordelo the start of your walk. Duration 8 hours - hard walking. Overnight camping at Estacao Sousa
Trek to Lagoa Amelia. Duration 8 hours - hard walking, including picnic, snacks and water. Overnight Roca Bomabaim (quite basic)
Last day of the trek. Duration 9 hours - hard walking. Overnight at Roca Sao Joao
Free day - activities can be organised through the roca, like cookery classes. If interested, then these may have to be pre-booked before departing
Boat transfer to Ilheu das Rolas for your next two nights a Pestana Tropical. In the afternoon you could walk up to the equator monument.
Free day - The hotel offers various activities like diving and kayaking.
Boat transfer back to the mainland to stay at Inhame Eco Lodge
Guided visit to Malanza Mangrove in a traditional dugout canoe
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Club Santana. En route stopping at Boca do Inferno, Agua Ize plantation and Praia Sete Ondas. Please note that at certain times of the year you will be staying at Omali Lodge instead of Club Santana.
Free day at Club Santana - the hotel offers various activities like diving, sailing, kayaking ans snorkeling trips.
Morning free until transfer to the airport. Fly home on overnight flight

From £3295 per person

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

INCLUDED: International flights from UK (guide price). Accommodation in São Tomé in twin share, en-suite rooms on a half board basis. Trek across the Island and Pestana Equador are both on FB basis. Only Lisbon Tryp hotel is on B&B basis. Return airport transfers São Tomé. Guided excursions as detailed in the itinerary. 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 camping in the jungle to Eco Lodges and former plantation houses that have been tastefully renovated.

Activities

Our 'São Tomé jungle trek' allows you walk from one side of the island to the other where you'll discover the wild interior of the island. The trek can be hard underfoot and you'll find it hot and humid in the forest. The best time to travel would be May to September when it's a little cooler and drier. The accommodation in each part of the island you stay in is local in style, not luxurious yet comfortable.

Location

This holiday to São Tomé not only allows you to experience the islands dramatic coast, but also its more wild interior. There is much to see and you definitely need a sense of adventure!