The best of São Tomé and PrÍncipe
Pico Cao Grande, Sao Tome  
Beautiful, remote Obo Natural Park on Sao Tome (Scott Ramsay)  
Evocative image showcasing Sao Tome's wildness (Scott Ramsay)  
Humpback whale, Principe Island  
Island Life: residents relaxing by Roca Sundy, Principe (Scott Ramsay)  
Porto Alegre, Sao Tome  
Equator marker on Ileu de Rolas  
Sao Nicolau waterfall, Sao Tome  
Wandering from Praia Sundy to Praia Margarida (Scott Ramsay)  
Praia Boi beach, Principe (Scott Ramsay)  
Santo Antonio, capital of Principe (Scott Ramsay)  
Canoe ride between Roca Sundy & Sundy Praia (Scott Ramsay)  
12 day tour
Including flights and transfers
Prices from
£2950 - £3215

Tour Highlights

  • São Toméan history and culture (including cuisine and coffee)
  • Rugged natural beauty along rainforest trails
  • Rare endemic birdlife
  • Turtle and Whale-watching in season
  • Sublime beaches
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The best of São Tomé and PrÍncipe

São Tomé & Príncipe

Sample some of the highlights of São Tomé and Príncipe on this wonderful 12- day itinerary. Spend the first three nights at Omali Lodge on São Tomé, where you can learn about the history and culture of Africa's second-smallest country. Flit over to the Island of Príncipe where you spend the next 3 nights at the beautifully restored plantation house Roça Sundy.

Principe is a protected biosphere, and it is truly peaceful and naturally beautiful. From there you can go whale watching (in season), see the dolphins and even tutles nesting (again, in season).  Birding is good. Spend the last four nights at Bom Bom Island Resort* for rest and relaxation time.

* Please note (October 2021 update): Bom Bom is currently shut for refurbishment and is expected to reopen in mid 2022. Until then, we will be pleased to quote with Praia Sundy instead.

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Day 1
Day 1
Departure
Depart London early this morning on your TAP flight to São Tomé via Lisbon, we are easily able to add on nights in Lisbon, to both break the flight journey and to have an opportunity to visit delightful Lisbon.
 
On arrival this afternoon (you will be on a day flight) you are met and transferred to Omali Lodge where you spend the next 3 nights in a classic room with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
                       
Day 2
Day 2
São Tomé
Your first day in which to explore Sao Tome.
 
There is a variety of activities which can be arranged on Sao Tome, including some challenging hikes, or birdwatching in the rainforests, or if you like, excursions with a historical /cultural emphasis.
 
(Birding is good, with endemics including the Newton's sunbird, pictured here).
 
Foodies will be in their element as the freshest, locally sourced produce is utilised to concoct delicious fare. Do explore the coffee and chocolate produced on the island, too.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
                       
Day 3
Day 3
Sightseeing in São Tomé
Various excursions are on offer in São tomé. Get to know about local culture; see some of the crumbling, old colonial slave buildings, or explore the lush, equatorial forests.
 
If you wish to pre-arrange any special-interest excursions, do let us know.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
                       
Day 4
Day 4
Sao Tome - Principe (flight)
This morning you will be taken to the airport for your light aircraft flight (only half an hour) across to Príncipe Island where you spend the next 3 nights at Roça Sundy, the restored plantation house with dinner included. Here you can explore the plantations and the secrets to organic farming at Roça Paciência. Explore the different tastes and aromas that this delightful island has to offer.
 
Nature enthusiasts will be in their element, as there is a wonderful selection of forest walks to be enjoyed here. Birders can seek out various endemic species, like the Principe seedeater, pictured here.
 
In season, there is also whale watching and turtle watching to be had here.
Accommodation: Roça Sundy
                 
Day 5
Day 5
Roça Sundy, Príncipe Island
There are a variety of activities on offer from here; choose to visit Parrot Mountain on one of the Biosphere trails. The views from the mountaintop are wonderful. You'll be able to enjoy birding and getting to know about the forest ecosystem, which includes many interesting medicinal plants.
Accommodation: Roça Sundy
                 
Day 6
Day 6
Príncipe Island
Choose from one of the many boat trips along the coast of the island. Here you will see Whales, Dolphins or simply relax on one of the beaches, try your hand at deep sea fishing!
Accommodation: Roça Sundy
                 
Day 7
Day 7
Bom Bom Island Resort, Príncipe Island
Today you will be transferred to spend the next 4 nights at Bom Bom Island resort with dinner and breakfast included. Spend time here relaxing and absorbing the sunshine.
Accommodation: Bom Bom Island Resort
                   
Day 8
Day 8
Príncipe Island
Principe's natural history is wonderful. Here you can go birding with an experienced guide, look out for turtle nests on certain beaches or go whale watching, in season.
Accommodation: Bom Bom Island Resort
                   
Day 9
Day 9
Bom Bom Island Resort, Príncipe Island
Bom Bom Island Resort has a variety of room types, you can choose to be around the pool, on the beachfront or in the garden, where ever you are, will be peaceful and you have the beach a few meters away. Choose to spend the day relaxing either by the pool or on the beach. The bar is at the end of wooden walkway over the ocean and offers stunning views over the ocean.
Accommodation: Bom Bom Island Resort
                   
Day 10
Day 10
Píncipe Island
Savour your last day at Bom Bom Island Resort, relax and unwind or do some of the activities on offer.
Accommodation: Bom Bom Island Resort
                   
Day 11
Day 11
Departure
This morning you will be transferred to Principe airstrip for your light aircraft flight across to São Tomé, where you will have a day room at Omali Lodge.
 
Transfer to Sao Tome Airport to check in for the TAP overnight flight departing this evening back to Lisbon.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
                       
Day 12
Arrival home
On arrival into Lisbon Airport, remain air side and connect with the quick flight back to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.

Pricing Information & Dates

12 day tour, from £2950 - £3215 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
Itinerary Dates From Price
01 Jan 2021
-
31 Dec 2021
£2950
01 Jan 2022
-
31 Dec 2022
£3215
Price Includes
* Return international flights from London to Sao Tome via Lisbon on TAP (Economy class seating)
* Return domestic inter-island flights
* Air taxes
* Transfers
* All accommodation as listed with meals as indicated .
Price Excludes
* Items of a personal nature (drinks, tips, travel insurance, laundry)
* Villa/room tax of 3 euro per person per night (payable directly at the hotels)
* Any meals not indicated
Price Notes
Subject to availability at the time of booking.

Tour Route Map

  1.   São Tomé Island
  2.   Príncipe Island

Accommodation on this Tour

Bom Bom Island Resort
Bom Bom Island Resort
Príncipe Island, São Tomé & Príncipe
Bom Bom Island Resort Update, November 2021: Please note that Bom Bom is currently closed for renovation and is expected to reopen in 2023. Set on a tiny, forested islet off the northern tip of......
                   
Omali Lodge
Omali Lodge
São Tomé Island, São Tomé & Príncipe
Omali Lodge The  stylishly decorated Omali Lodge Boutique Hotel is set along the white sandy shores of Lagarto Beach close to the cultural melting pot of São Tomé Town. Just 5......
                       
Roça Sundy
Roça Sundy
Príncipe Island, São Tomé & Príncipe
Stay in this beautifully restored former cacao plantation house on Príncipe Island. Roça Sundy guest house has just twelve en-suite rooms, all traditionally furnished with colonial style pieces from the original house. Several have balconies that look over the lush green forest.
                 

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