The 'Galapagos' of Africa

São Tomé & Príncipe

Dense jungle and deserted beaches

São Tomé and Príncipe is one nation consisting of two remote volcanic islands marooned 140 miles off the coast of Gabon. Never connected to the mainland and uninhabited until Portuguese explorers arrived in the 15th century, they present an isolated biosphere of unique creatures completely unafraid of humans and found nowhere else on earth. No wonder the islands are often referred to as ‘the African Galapagos’. New species are still regularly being discovered. The landscape is a lost world of dense jungle, spires of primordial rock and deserted beaches. São Tomé is the busier of the two islands while Príncipe is a UNESCO listed biosphere peppered with steep mountains blanketed in thick primary rainforest.

The Portuguese colonised the islands with immense cacao plantations and slaves, the descendants of whom remain today as modern ‘Príncipeans’. The legacy is a handful of beautiful plantation houses, which have been sympathetically converted into exclusive boutique hotels. Activities centre around the natural world with plenty of snorkelling, wreck diving, turtle watching and hiking to keep you occupied, but you will find equal pleasure in wandering the islands interacting with the friendly locals in a relaxed and genuine way. The history of this forgotten land is astonishing, and the people here have some fascinating stories to tell.

You Will Love

• A lost paradise
• Safe, relaxed and very friendly
• The fascinating stories of modern ‘Príncipeans’ and their ancestors
• Beautiful plantation house hotels
• New species waiting to be discovered
• Plane wreck diving

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A selection of our favourite places to stay in São Tomé & Príncipe

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