|Destinasjoner :||São Tomé og Príncipe|
|Aktivitets nivå :||Blandede aktiviter - Camping - Flere aktiviteter - Kultur & Tema reiser (enkelt) - Opplevelsesreiser - Self guided/independent|
The small Atlantic Island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe is an undiscovered gem with empty beaches, lush tropical rainforests, volcanoes, and interesting mixture of cultures. These remote islands offer good opportunities for fishing, diving, trekking and wildlife viewing in a safe environment. As a destination that has been hard to get to, São Tomé and Príncipe still remains untouched by mass tourism.
Welcome to the exotic and beautiful islands of São Tomé and Principe. Like no other islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Sao Tome seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the south pacific. The atmosphere here is palpably luxury and it is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air and fantastically abundant vegetation.
The natural attractions of São Tomé and Príncipe are their scenic empty beaches, volcanoes and rainforests, as well as the coral reefs around the islands. The main island São Tomé is the more mountainous of the two, offering good possibilities for trekking and wildlife viewing, especially on the south part of the island. Interesting sights on São Tomé include the Pico de São Tomé volcano, Praia Jalé beach with its sea turtles, Obo National Park, the dramatic Boca de Inferno coastal area, and the waterfall of Cascata São Nicolãu. The island also hosts the capital city São Tomé, and the old fortress and museum of São Sebastião.
Day 1: Tour starts in Sao Tomè
Briefing and preparation of the trip. Transfer to Roça Monte Forte, trekking towards Pico Sao Tomè, the circuit duration is approx 4 hrs with a level of difficulty of 3 (from 1 to 5), return to Roça Monte Forte and overnight.
Day 2: Transfer to Pipa Beach
Boat transfer along the West Coast to Pipa Beach, trekking to Santo Antonio, camp will be set up on Santo Antonio Mussacavu Beach. We will trek to the first stone peak (Cao Pequeno), a stone of 390 mts, only accessible by climbing. The total trek is about 3 hrs with a level of difficulty of 2. Overnight on the beach.
Day 3: Trekking Southern Sao Tomè
We walk from Santo Antonio Mussacavu towrds the second stone peak with a height of 663 mts and again only accessible by climbing. We end the trek at the Roça Dona Clotilde. Transfer to Praia Inhame. Overnight at Praia Inhame Ecolodge.
Day 4: Visits to the Southern part of the island
Guided tour of the south of the island, visiting the beaches of Piscina and Jalè, the villages of Porto Alegre and Malanza. Here we will be able to see the local surfing in Porto Alegre and the mangroves of Malanza. Transfer to RoçaSao Joao and overnight.
Day 5: Trekking in the Central part of the island
Transfer to the village of Bernardo Faro, trekking towards Bombaim. The walk is about 5 hrs with a lebel 3 difficulty rating. Overnight at Roça Bombaim.
Day 6: Trekking in the Central part of the island
Trekking towards Bom Sucesso, circuit duration is 6 hrs with a level 3 difficulty. Transfer to the city of Sao Tomè and overnight at Hotel Avenida or similar.
Day 7: Exploring the Northern Beaches
Excursion to the northwest beaches; Lagoa Azul, Morro Peixe, Conchas; and return to the city af Sao Tomè overnight at Hotel Avenida or similar.
Day 8: Tour ends
Tour ends after breakfast in Sao Tomè
Other useful information:
Price: is based on 2-3 people travelling together/sharing (discount if more people travelling, ask us for a quote)
Best time to visit Sao Tomè: The existence of different climatic zones will almost allow you to choose the climate you like the best according to the weather and season. There is high variation between the different zones, being divided into micro-climates. If you come for the heat and the sun, then it is recommended to come during the rainy seasons, as the probability of blue skies and high temperatures are best. Some of the highest annual temperatures are registered during the month of December. If you, one the other hand, come to do trekking or bird watching, the choice should be gravana, the dry season, as the climbing is easier without the rain. One of the best times of the year is gravanita, mid-January to mid-February. It should be noticed that some birds are more vocal
during gravanita, which is the nesting period, than in July-August, and so can be located more easily at this time of the year.
The most important differences between the geographic zones are:
Northern and Western zone of the island of São Tomé: All year drier than the rest of the island.
The Northern zone provides you the highest probability of finding a beach for sunbathing also during the rainy season.
Eastern zone of the island of São Tomé : Semi-humid and rain-forest sheltered beaches.
Southern zone of the island of São Tomé : Generally more humid and rainy than the rest of the island. During the rainy season, you may have the long stretches of beach all to yourself for a refreshing swim in the rain ! In the South-west of both islands it is prone to rain even in the supposedly dry season.
Interior of the island of São Tomé : Almost European like temperatures for exploring the rain forest and the mountains. In general, cooler than the rest of the island. During the rainy season it is prone to rain about mid-afternoon accompanied by cold mist, whereas the morning and afternoon in general are sunny.
What to bring: It is recommended to bring light clothes, including something to cover your legs and arms during the night. (It may be chilly and there may be mosquitoes). Also, waterproofs are recommended for the rainy season. Rainproof walking boots with good soles are important if you are planning to go hiking. A head torch, Wellingtons, binocular, a rucksack and a mosquito net are also good if you are going inland. Snorkelling equipment and sun protection are essentials for the beach.
Vaccinations: it is required to have a vaccination against Yellow Fever (you will be most likely asked to show your vaccination card upon arrival).
Visa: All non-EU nationals need a visa to visit Sao Tomè è Principe (REISEbazaar can assist in getting this organised)
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