We start our journey with a tour of Sao Tome City, visiting the street markets, National Museum and art gallery of Cacau with one of our local guides. The city feels a little tragic as many of the old colonial buildings have fallen into disrepair, but this does add to the sense of adventure. There is much to see on this island and heading south we pass the villages of the Angolares, fishing people and descendants of runaway slaves whose lives have changed little since settling. The coast is rugged and volcanic, with palms and jungle stretching down to the shoreline. We stop at old cocao and coffee plantations to learn how some of the finest chocolate in the world is produced. Visit the much photographed Boca d’Inferno, an active blowhole that shoots up water and the beautiful surfing beach of Cete Ondas – Seven Waves. Cross over to the small island of Ilheu das Rolas to stand on the equator and explore the rainforests of the interior. At the end relax on the west coast, where you can watch the sunset from your own balcony, or hire a bike and visit a nearby cocoa cooperative. It is possible to extend this trip with a visit to the island of Principe.
Price Per Person
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
INCLUDED: International flights from UK (guide price). Accommodation on Sao Tome in twin share, en-suite rooms on a half board basis (Roca Sao Joao and Bombain have shared bathrooms). Only Lisbon Tryp hotel is on B&B basis. Return airport transfers Sao Tome. 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.
The accommodation on this trip varies from small comfortable hotels to Eco Lodges to former plantation houses (Rocas) that have been tastefully renovated.
This holiday allows you to experience much of what the island of Sao Tome has to offer and includes time to relax and take in some of the wonders of the islands. However, to get the most out of your visit we have included some interesting experiences which we feel will add value to your trip. On this trip, you not only get to stay in some interesting and lovely places but also have the chance to try a Sao Tomean cookery lesson, do guided walks in the rainforests of the interior and explore the small island of Rolas.
Our 'Undiscovered Tour of Sao Tome' will give you a wonderful insight into this island and allows you to travel from north to south and almost east to west. The accommodation in each part of the island you stay is local in style, not luxurious yet comfortable.