Africa + Indian Ocean
    São Tomé + Príncipe

    Sao Tome + Principe

    Go on a remote island adventure to discover a lost world

    Situated in the Gulf of Guinea off the north-west coast of Gabon, São Tomé + Príncipe is an extraordinary destination for travellers looking to get truly off the beaten track and experience a very different side to Africa. The two-island nation boasts a breathtaking combination of natural wonders, including deserted tropical beaches, tranquil lagoons, dense jungles, pretty waterfalls and majestic extinct volcanoes. These diverse habitats are, in turn, home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Indeed, the country is known as the ‘mini-Galápagos’ due to its ever-growing list of endemic terranean species, unusual birds and amazing marine life, including hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles as well as humpback whales. 

    From their discovery by the Portuguese in 1470 until their independence in 1975, the isles also have an enthralling history. Lost remnants of the colonial era remain and, with our top local guide, visitors today can explore the once-thriving cacao, sugar-cane and coffee estates (or roças), forgotten mansions and crumbling buildings. However, in more recent years, the cacao industry here has been rejuvenated and São Tomé + Príncipe’s renaissance is wonderful to behold.

    We recommend that our clients base themselves at Sundy Praia on Príncipe. The archipelago’s best hotel is an idyllic spot from which to explore the roças, trek through wild, primordial landscapes with a specialist guide, snorkel in azure waters or feast on scrumptious seafood or delicious dark chocolate.

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    Getting there


    Part of the attraction of travelling to São Tomé and Príncipe is the island country’s far-flung location. The easiest way to get there is to fly to Lisbon, a wonderful city for a stopover, from where you can continue via Accra with TAP Air Portugal to São Tomé International Airport.

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    We work in some of the most ecologically and culturally sensitive parts of the world, so have always been conscious of operating in a way that has a positive impact on both the environment and the people.

    When you travel with us, we will make a contribution on your behalf to one of the following charities: All About the Light Foundation in Africa, ABOUTAsia Travel & Schools in Cambodia, the Alalay Foundation in Bolivia and Scott Polar Research Institute in the Polar Regions.

    If clients are interested, we are always keen to get them involved in local projects and conservation efforts. Whether it be whale counting in Antarctica or rhino relocation in Kenya, you will leave knowing your actions have made a difference.

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    We have a fantastic VIP service in place to help you navigate the airport and make your journey as smooth and easy as possible. We can collect you from your home, take you to the airport and escort you through check-in and immigration to avoid any queues, straight through to the airport lounge before boarding your flight. The same service can be put in place on your return journey.

    We understand that one of the most important factors to our clients is flexibility to give you as much assurance as possible when booking your next trip. We are extremely flexible and are on hand to discuss with you the latest updates on flexibility in any one of our destinations.

    We have excellent relationships with a handful of insurance companies who provide various forms of cover. Each one offers a different policy with varying terms and conditions, so we strongly recommend getting a series of quotes and discussing your personal requirements in detail with them in order to find the best one for you.

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    We have put the relevant measures in place so that our destinations are ready to welcome you safely. In all of our destinations, sanitation and hygiene in our vehicles and the properties we work with are extensive, with cleaning protocols rigidly followed as well as other necessary safety requirements. We always arrange private vehicles and guides for our clients when travelling in a destination.

    The price of our service is dependent on the intricacies of the itinerary. No two trips are the same. Our philosophy is to make every detail tailored just to you. 

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    Written by Claire Ferguson, Head of Africa
    Written by Claire Ferguson, Head of Africa

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