São Tomé and Príncipe

Last updated: 4 March 2018
The volcanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe is a tropical paradise on the west coast of Africa. Home to a number of rare birds and butterflies, the islands boast one hundred and nine species of orchid. Almost the entire island of Príncipe is a biosphere.

The mountainous hinterland is wrapped in pearly white beaches lined by pristine rainforests and the coral reefs just off the coast, are alive with colorful fish, moray eels and octopus. Dolphins and turtles play in the surrounding waters.

Here you can dive or fish, climb a misty volcanic peak, sail to Rolas island and stand on the equator or visit the Sao Tome National Museum. Built in 1575, it was once a fort. The views from the top are stunning.

São Tomé and Príncipe

Once the world’s biggest cocoa producers, the jungle is slowly reclaiming the plantations, where some of the old plantation homes are crumbling. Many of these Portuguese colonial homes have been refurbished and now operate as guesthouses.

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