Africa’s hidden island nation
Welcome to Sao Tomé & Principe. Being one of the smallest nations in Africa, the country is a truly hidden gem. Pristine beaches, welcoming people and the best coffee and chocolate in the world, Sao Tomé & Principe have it all. During the tour we will explore the capital Sao Tomé and travel around the northern and southern part of the main island.
|Start date||Friday 23 February 2024|
|End date||Sunday 25 February 2024|
|Days||3 days / 2 nights|
|Price|| € 1,095|
Angola combo: € 4,995
Transportation on the ground
Single room (€ 130)
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Friday 23 February – Sao Tomé
- Arrive at your convenience into Sao Tomé – the capital city of Sao Tomé and Principe which has regular flights between Angola, Portugal, and Ghana.
- 11:30 AM arrival with TAAG, if coming from our Grand Angola tour.
- Meet your fellow group members at the lobby of our hotel.
- Highlight: Our first stop is the Coffee Museum. Sao Tomé is famous for its coffee plantations, which began in 1780.
- Begin our sightseeing of one of the oldest colonial capitals in Africa by exploring Independence Square – signifying independence gained in 1975.
- Explore the traditional, new and fish markets of Sao Tomé, a perfect way to learn more about this small nation.
- See the Presidential Palace from outside. This unique pink 19th century Portuguese Colonial style structure houses the current president.
- Stop by the Sao Tomé Cathedral. The first church of Our Lady of Grace was built at the end of the fifteenth century.
- Visit to the National Museum. Here you can find religious art and colonial-era artifacts.
- Highlight: We stop by the Diogo Vaz Shopping. Here you can taste incredibly unique chocolate such as chocolate with grapes macerated in cocoa alcohol, ginger, orange, pepper and coffee, as well as 100% dark chocolate.
- Overnight stay at hotel.
Saturday 24 February – Sao Tomé – Southern Part
- We begin our road trip to the most southern part of the island stopping at an abandoned hospital of Roca Agua Ize. This hospital used to be one of the best hospitals in western Africa and was built for the workers at the Roca Agua Ize plantation.
- Located nearby the plantation is the seaside cliff Boca de Inferno (Hell’s Mouth).
- We’ll make a short stop in São João dos Angolares. This is the largest town on the southern part of the island.
- Explore Cascata De Praia Pesqueria, a magnificent waterfall.
- Highlight: The most famous landmark of Sao Tomé & Principe is the Pico de Cao Grande. This mountain is 663 meters tall and visible all over the island.
- We relax for a moment at Grande Beach and take in the Atlantic.
- Stop by an old rusty tank for a group photo on top of the tank.
- Drive to Porto Alegre.
- Highlight: We board a boat for a 20 minute journey to Rolas Island. This island is where the equator crosses through Sao Tomé & Principe.
- Return drive to Sao Tomé.
- Overnight stay at hotel.
Sunday 25 February – Sao Tomé – Northern Part
- Drive to Northern Sao Tomé stopping by the village of Roca Agostinho Neto – named after the first president of Angola: Agostinho Neto.
- Highlight: We visit the largest plantation in the country, which used to be the biggest cocoa producer. Nowadays the plantation is partly working and families relocated to live on the plantation.
- Continue towards the Atlantic with a stop at the Blue Lagoon Beach. It sounds as exotic as it is!
- We continue our drive to Lagao Azul. This is the most northern point of the country and can only be reached via the Santa Catarina Tunnel (the only tunnel in Sao Tomé and Principe).
- Explore the fishing village of Santa Catarina.
- Return to the capital and stop by the Monte Café Plantation, one of the most famous coffee plantations on the island.
- Return to Sao Tomé.
- Airport drop off for the flight to Lisbon.
- End of the tour.