Wild São Tomé & Principe - Nature and Beach
Wild Principe  
Ilheu de Rolas and the Equator Marker, Sao Tome  
Green turtle off Principe  
The rugged, wild beauty of Sao Tome & Principe (S Ramsay)  
Endemic Principe golden weaver  
Caio Grande Peak, Sao Tome  
Map of the beaches around Roca Belo Monte  
Boat off Praia Banana near Roca Belo Monte  
The lovely Praia Banana, Principe  
Ilheu de Rolas aerial, Sao Tome  
Roça Paciência Plantation estate, Principe  
Principe is where you'll find quiet, white sand beaches  
Moray eel off Principe  
Sao Tomean settlement near Pico Caio Grande  
Cuttlefish on coral off Principe  
9 day tour
Including flights
Prices from
£3050 - £3300

Tour Highlights

  • Hiking and birding in Lagoa Amelia
  • Exploring dense evergreen equatorial rainforest
  • Sightseeing on both Sao Tome and Principe
  • Getting to know Sao Tomean coffee and chocolate
  • Rest & relaxation time on quiet, white-sand beaches
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Wild São Tomé & Principe - Nature and Beach

São Tomé & Príncipe

This delightful breakaway is perfect for active travellers with a thirst for new and remote destinations off the beaten track. Start with 3 nights on Sao Tome, where your guided sightseeing excursions take you to Ilheu Rolas where the Equator Market is located, and you'll be able to experience the island's lush equatorial rainforest when hiking around Lago Amelia, a popular location for birders and other naturalists. 

Then flit off to Principe, a delightful island where you enjoy a break at the stylish and atmospheric Roca Belo Monte, which has access to five quiet beaches, notably the glorious and picture-perfect Praia Banana.

Enjoy warm hospitality, good food and apart from relaxing and taking in the ambience, you might wish to try some of the many activities possible here, such as scuba diving, turtle watching (in season), and hiking.

As with all of our Sao Tome trips, this itinerary is a sample which can be tailored to suit individual interests and requirements. 

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Day 1
Day 1
London (or selected other UK cities) to Sao Tome via Lisbon
Take your early morning flight from London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) to São Tomé via Lisbon.
On arrival into Sao Tome, you will be welcomed and transferred to Omali Lodge for a 3 night stay with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
Day 2
Day 2
São Tomé - Ilheu de Rolas excursion
Begin your exploration of Sao Tome with a relaxed excursion to Ilheu de Rolas.
Your driver and guide will collect you from your hotel after breakfast. Drive along the East Coast to Ponta Baleia. The journey takes about 2hrs,30min. From there, you will take a boat transfer of about 20 minutes to the islet of Rolas. On arrival, a welcome drink will be served at the resort. Here you can also relax at Café Beach. Lunch is served at the restaurant Pôr do Sol with the panoramic view of the island of São Tomé.
After lunch, take a walk (20 min.) to the Equator Marker, something that many visitors making it out to this very remote location, come to see. Energetic visitors can walk right around the islet and see the blowholes and panoramic views. This takes about 2 hours.
At about 4pm you will be taken by boat back to the main island. From the point where you leave the boat, a 2hrs,30min drive will have you back at Omali Lodge.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
Day 3
Day 3
São Tomé - birding and hiking Lago Amelia
An introduction to the Obô Chiflera: your guide will collect you from Omali Lodge and drive you in your private 4-wheel drive vehicle up to Bom Sucesso. After a cup of coffee and a short visit to the botanical garden of ECOFAC, you begin the walk through the zone of Esperança.
After about an hour and a half of hiking, you will arrive at the entrance of Obô Natural Park, where the primary forest begins. Explore the forests around the lake with your guide, who will help you to find some of the island's rare endemic birds, and who will also explain the ecosystem to you.
After a break and a picnic in the rainforest, descend to Bom Sucesso where your vehicle awaits for the drive back to Omali Lodge.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
Day 4
Day 4
Sao Tome - Principe (flight)
An early start: transfer after breakfast to Sao Tome Airport for the 30 minute flight to Principe.
On arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to Roca Belo Monte, where you stay for 4 nights in a Plantation Room, with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Roça Belo Monte
Day 5
Day 5
Principe - Roca Belo Monte
This wonderfully atmospheric property is much enjoyed by our clients. Rooms are very comfortable, and the main house, with its terraces and gorgeous views is conducive to relaxation. The hotel has access to seven beaches, which are down a twisty track but that in itself is a nice little walk - which, if you don't want to do it, worry not - the staff will come and collect you.
The friendliness of the staff is also always appreciated and complimented.
Day 6
Day 6
Principe - Roca Belo Monte
Another day to enjoy beautiful Principe with Roca Belo Monte as your comfortable base. Its worth noting that this is the place to stay at for keen scuba divers - its currently the only hotel on Principe with boats, equipment and an excellent dive master Joao Santos, who has taken great care of some of our past guests.
Accommodation: Roça Belo Monte
Day 7
Day 7
Principe - Roca Belo Monte
Final full day on remote and lovely Principe with its quiet beaches and laid-back ambience. Go hiking, visit Santo Antonio, in season enquire about Turtle and Whale watching; seek some of the endemic birds or just chill on one of the lovely beaches, such as Praia Banana.
Roca Belo Monte's involvement in conservation of Principe's natural heritage, is worth elaborating on here: as part of Africa’s Eden, a sustainable tourism organization operating under the concept of ‘Tourism Pays for Conservation' the hotel aims to give travellers the opportunity to experience nature in rarely explored destinations and revenues generated through tourism are then invested in conservation projects. Africa’s Eden works in a local context to achieve sustainable protection of unique nature and facilitates employment and education opportunities.
After successfully introducing this concept in Loango National Park in Gabon, Africa’s Eden expanded its activities to São Tomé and Príncipe. For years Africa’s Eden has supported the research expeditions of the California Academy of Sciences on Príncipe and also marine research and sea turtle conservation activities of the Fundaçao Príncipe Trust.
Conservation activities: Príncipe has a unique biodiversity, but a lack of data and resources complicate its conservation. In 2017 Africa’s Eden founded the 'Forever Príncipe!' conservation alliance located at Belo Monte Plantation Hotel. Forever Príncipe! has set up a conservation program consisting of seven pilot projects through partnerships with renowned universities. These conservation projects have been selected for the conservation relevance by informing conservation action on current challenges on Príncipe, as well as the potential for community engagement.
Forever Príncipe!’s conservation projects are as follows:
Fish reproduction and maturity: Aim: Understand the life cycle of important demersal fish species in order to formulate better fishing regulations to keep these populations healthy and the food chain in balance.
Campaign against unsustainable fishing and trial a seasonal closure or locally marine managed area Aim: Reduce unsustainable fishing practices and ensure improved marine conservation through the creation of a seasonal closure or a locally marine managed area.
Ex situ conservation of Príncipe’s orchids Aim: Conservation of Príncipe’s orchids, with a special focus on the endemic and threatened species. Orchids have been collected and put in a shade house at Belo Monte Plantation Hotel for further research.
Create a citizen science scheme on reef fish, bird and butterfly diversity Aim: Monitoring butterflies, birds and reef fish biodiversity across seasons and years within the concession through a participatory approach
Ecological assessment of the endemic scops owl Aim: Understand the ecology of the scops owl on Príncipe in order to protect the species.
Assess the importance of Príncipe’s rhodolith beds Aim: Assess the ecological importance of Príncipe’s rhodolith beds.
Botanical and entomological assessment of Príncipe’s mountain and cloud forest Aim: Unravel the botanic and entomological diversity of Príncipe’s cloud forests, as well as their main ecosystem services.
Accommodation: Roça Belo Monte
Day 8
Day 8
Principe - Sao Tome (flight) and Departure via Lisbon
You will be transferred to Principe Airport to check in for the 30 minute flight back over to Sao Tome, where you are met on arrival and taken to Omali Lodge, where you have the use of a day/evening room.
You will have time for another excursion today - contact us for details and ideas.
In the late afternoon or evening, depending on the time of your TAP flight back to Lisbon, you will be transferred back to Sao Tome Airport to check in for your flights home via Lisbon after a wonderful break.
Accommodation: Omali Lodge
Day 9
Lisbon - selected UK airports
On arrival back into Lisbon Airport this morning, connect with your TAP flight to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports.

Pricing Information & Dates

9 day tour, from £3050 - £3300 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
Price Includes
* Return international TAP flights from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports to Sao Tome via Lisbon
* Return inter-island domestic flights
* Air taxes
* All transfers and transportation
* Accommodation with meals as indicated
* Guided excursions as outlined
Price Excludes
* Meals not included
* Drinks, tips, travel insurance, laundry

Tour Route Map

  1.   São Tomé Island
  2.   Príncipe Island

Accommodation on this Tour

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 Belo Monte
Roça Belo Monte
Príncipe Island, São Tomé & Príncipe
Roça Belo Monte is a superb boutique hotel situated on Principe Island.

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