Emma O'Rourke

I have been part of the Archipelago Choice team for five years and in this time have enjoyed fantastic adventures to the AzoresSao Tome and Principe, Namibia and Gabon . Highlights have been whale watching in the Azores, seeing turtles nesting on Sao Tome and Principe, watching leopard in Namibia and spending time with forest elephant and gorilla in Gabon.

I have always had an interest in wildlife and after completing my masters in Wildlife Conservation I spent a year volunteering on Cape mountain zebra and vervet monkey research projects in South Africa.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me out exploring the lake district fells with my energetic collie. I love to travel and most recently have enjoyed adventures to various countries in Africa, the Peruvian Amazon, Kurdistan, Nepal and South East Asia.


Emma O'Rourke
Destination Specialist
01768 721040

My favourite part of São Tomé & Príncipe


Príncipe is the smaller, northern island of the country of São Tomé and Príncipe lying off the west coast of Africa. The island is a heavily eroded volcano said to be over three million years old, surrounded by smaller islands including Ilheu Bom Bom, Ilhéu Caroço, Tinhosa Grande and Tinhosa Pequena.

Príncipe is trying to be different and sustainability is at the heart of all travel to the island. It has the support of an organisation called ‘Príncipe HBD – Here Be Dragons’, which promotes responsible, sustainable development through quality tourism. There are some amazing projects underway which aim to benefit all who live on and visit this wonderful island.

Population: 7500

Highest Point: Pico de Príncipe (984m)

Area: 142km (sq)

Capital City: Santo Antonio (population: 3000)

Have a look at our Sao Tome and Principe holidays ideas for some inspiration or contact us and our team, using our years of experience and wealth of contacts, will put together a tailor-made holiday experience just for you.

My favourite activity in São Tomé & Príncipe

Join us on our guided walking holidays on São Tomé and Príncipe.

Walks vary from ‘easy’ around your roca, which can take 2/3 hours  to ‘moderate’ around Bombaim in the interior. These normally take 4/5 hours.

However, for the adventurous we have more challenging multi-day trekking on São Tomé which cross the island from west to the east. These more physically challenging treks through the rain forest include an overnight camp, a climb to the highest peak, Pico de São Tomé (2024 m), and a chance to see rare orchids and spot endemic birds.

On Principe, there are some equally interesting and challenging walks and treks where you can hike to the highest point or do more gentle walks like Morro Leste which can be very interesting for bird watchers.

Contact us to find out more about our São Tomé Trekking and Guided Walking holidays.

My favourite accommodation in São Tomé & Príncipe

The beautiful Bom Bom Island Eco Lodge is owned by Mark Shuttleworth, the first South African to travel into space. Through his HBD foundation (Here Be Dragons) he helped turn part of this spectacular island into a Bioreserve and aims to promote sustainable and responsible travel to the islands through higher end tourism.

Bom Bom has 25 spacious, tastefully furnished chalets equipped with A/C, telephone, private bathroom, flat screen TV (satellite channels), fridge and free WIFI. Meals are taken on BomBom island, which is a short walk over the turquoise sea along a charming walkway. As well as eating in the restaurant, the friendly staff can also arrange a table on the marina pier or a romantic meal on your own private beach.

You’re free to use the snorkelling equipment, paddle boards and kayaks while you’re staying and a highlight is meeting Chaplin the African Grey parrot who patrols the hotel and loves to have his tummy tickled!