São Tomé & Príncipe, Wildlife Tours

The Best of Sao Tome & Principe in Style & Comfort

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Tailor-Made Tour
12 Days
From 4678
Beach
Birding
Snorkelling and Diving

Tour Introduction

12 Days from  4678 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you

This itinerary reveals all that’s best in Sao Tome & Principe without compromising your creature comforts and travel style.

Starting in the larger island of Sao Tome, where the majority of the population live, you will reside at its best hotel and visit the interior and south coast with private guide to learn about the island’s colonial history, industry and remarkable cultural diversity, as well as perhaps fit in a spot of snorkelling.

Fly to the much smaller, wilder and less populated island of Principe and reside in a lovingly restored, historic plantation house which boasts a small natural history museum and cinema and access to Banana Beach, famed as the setting of an iconic Bacardi commercial. Also close by is the turtle conservation project at Praia Grande where, depending on time of year, you may see turtles laying and hatchlings scurrying to the sea on your included tour.

Finally comes the world-class beach resort of Sundy Praia, opened in December 2017 and by far the premier establishment in the country. Your room is a spacious, well appointed “tent” with comfortable bed and en-suite bathroom, minutes from the beach. The infinity pool is served by a snack bar, and the fabulous main restaurant, built to resemble an upturned ship, serves up imaginative, delicious fare using mainly local ingredients from the island. A complimentary 30-minute massage is included during your stay at Sundy Praia, as well as a half-day excursion each day. There are also various optional tours and excursions from which to choose (see detailed itinerary below) or you can just relax on the beach or by the pool.

All told, there is no better way to appreciate the delights of Sao Tome & Principe in style and comfort.

Full Itinerary

Price from  4678 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Sao Tome

Arrive Sao Tome airport. Met and transfer to your nearby hotel. Time to relax and settle in, perhaps with a swim or a walk along the town’s seafront.

Staying at Omali Lodge. Includes No Meals.

Day 2
Sao Tome

Guided excursion to the south of Sao Tome. Spend time on one of the beaches and have lunch at a small restaurant in Sao João dos Angolares, or at Club Santana Resort for snorkelling or kayaking to Santana Island, with an additional visit to Boca do Inferno blow hole.

Staying at Omali Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 3
Sao Tome

Guided excursion to the centre of Sao Tome island. Perhaps visit a cocoa plantation and botanical garden and enjoy a nature walk. Lunch included, followed by afternoon tea at a chocolate factory.

Staying at Omali Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 4
Principe

Check out and transfer to the airport. Catch a flight to Principe. On arrival, met and transfer to an historic plantation.

Staying at Roca Belo Monte. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5
Principe

Morning excursion to Praia Grande to visit the turtle conservation project based there. Depending on time of year, you might see clutches of eggs or hatchlings scuttling down the beach to the sea. Afternoon to relax at the compound or perhaps walk down to Banana Beach where there is a bar and loungers.

Staying at Roca Belo Monte. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6
Principe

Day at leisure to relax. Perhaps visit Banana Beach or take an optional excursion.

Staying at Roca Belo Monte. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7
Principe

Transfer to the coast and your luxury beach resort, opened in December 2017.

Staying at Sundy Praia. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8
Principe

Day at leisure. On-site non-motorised activities are included all day, such as kayaking or paddle boarding. The beach offers safe swimming.

Included in your full stay is one 30-minute massage and a choice of one half-day guided tours per day as follows:
1. Cacao Route
2. Oquê Pipi Waterfall Trail
3. Ribeira Izé Lost City Trail
4. Rainforest to Beach guided walk
5. Discover Príncipe guided tour
6. Bay of Needles boat trip
7. Northeast Beaches boat trip

Staying at Sundy Praia. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9
Principe

Day free to enjoy a half-day included excursion and/or one of the following OPTIONAL guided trips:
1.Roça Infante Trail
2. Parrot Peak Trail
3. Maria Correia Waterfall Trail
4. Turtle Watching



Staying at Sundy Praia. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10
Principe

Day at leisure to relax, take part in an included half-day guided excursion or opt for an optional tour.

Staying at Sundy Praia. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11
Sao Tome

Transfer to the airport. Fly to Sao Tome. Transfer to the hotel.

Staying at Omali Lodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12
Sao Tome

Pick up for a tour of the northern part of Sao Tome to include savannah habitat with baobabs, the Blue Lagoon and other sites before returning to the hotel to pick up your bags and transfer to the airport in the evening. Fly out.

Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation

São Tomé & Príncipe Príncipe Island

Hotel Sundy Praia

Overview

Designed by famous French architect, Didier Le Fort, and only opened in December 2017, Sundy Praia is undoubtedly the apex of Principe accommodation options; in fact it’s the best hotel in the whole of Sao Tome & Principe and one of the world’s loveliest beachfront establishments.

A charming, beachfront boutique resort nestled in lush tropical foliage with stream, Sundy Praia boasts a dramatically designed fine dining restaurant, infinity swimming pool, lively snack bar and opulently appointed tented villas. The service is keen (although some staff don’t speak much English) and the comfort levels stratospheric.

The sea is safe for bathing with no waves or biting creatures; very family friendly. Breakfasts are delicious buffets and dinners are all superb, often taking the form of tasting menus.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
15
Facilities

A range of room options: eight standard tented villas (not beachfront), and five double tented villas and two triple tented villas, all beachfront with private pools. Each villa has granite bathtub, double bed, fully stocked minibar, a/c,

Local Wildlife

Humpback whales can be seen offshore and turtles sometimes come ashore to lay eggs.

Many butterflies can be seen

Many birds visit the resort, including kingfisher, weaver and African grey parrot.

Mona monkeys can be seen on a waterfall tour

Optional Activities

Boat trips can be booked for diving, snorkelling and cruising the lushly forested coast.

Walks in the forest can reveal many bird species

Kayaks, pirogas (traditional African canoes) and paddle boards are available for guests to use

Various inland excursions can be enjoyed, including hiking in Obo National Park.

São Tomé & Príncipe São Tomé Island

Omali Sao Tome

Overview

Omali is, in our opinion, the best hotel in Sao Tome town. It enjoys a beachfront location on the outskirts and very close to the airport. The air-conditioned suites are built around the swimming pool, all set within well-kept gardens which attract many birds. Snacks and drinks can be enjoyed at the Leve Leve pool bar and main meals taken in the restaurant or outside on the verandah. The restaurant serves dishes which are varied and appetising and the bar has a good range of international spirits.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
30
Facilities

Restaurant, bar, beachfront location, Wi-Fi in the common areas, 24-hour reception with safe deposit boxes and currency exchange, souvenir shop, laundry facilities, tennis courts, gym, satellite TV, swimming pool with snack bar, airport transfers, free guest car parking.

Local Wildlife

Many species of birds visit the hotel gardens

Optional Activities

A wide range of guided tours and excursions, including boat trips, can be booked at the hotel for exploration of Sao Tome island.

São Tomé & Príncipe Príncipe Island

Roca Belo Monte

Overview

Roca Belo Monte is a historic colonial plantation house which has undergone extensive restoration along with the estate’s outbuildings, resulting in the thoroughly charming boutique hotel we see today.

The main house has three rooms, each with lounge and terrace, and also contains the restaurant, bar and drawing room. The catering is first class. There are 15 rooms in other restored buildings, including a family chalet sleeping four. In the well-tended gardens stands a museum celebrating the island’s natural and cultural histories and nearby is a small cinema showing international releases.

A helipad is on site for those who wish to arrive by air or take a helicopter tour flying over the island. Behind the museum is a swimming pool with loungers. Nearby are five fine beaches, including lovely Banana Beach, location for a famous Bacardi advertisement shot in 1991, and Praia Grande, where up to four species of sea turtle come ashore to lay their eggs.

 

 

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
18
Facilities

Restaurant, bar, natural history and cultural museum, swimming pool, small cinema, helipad, pleasant gardens, air conditioning, WiFi, beach shuttle service, en suite air conditioned rooms.

Local Wildlife

Many birds visit the grounds and Praia Grande is close by for turtle watching.

Optional Activities

Choose from a list of interior tours and boat trips. Relax on Banana Beach. Visit Praia Grande for turtle viewing and the turtle museum. Take a scenic helicopter flight over the island.

Route Map

Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Flights are with TAP via a change of planes in Lisbon and then a short stop in Accra, Ghana

Best Visited:

January to January

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965