A hidden gem off the coast of Western Africa, the captivating island nation of Sao Tome and Principe is a tropical haven of palm-lined sandy coves and verdant rainforest, buzzing with wildlife. The tiny nation, known as “the Galapagos of Africa,” is made up of two stunning volcanic islands home to friendly, laidback locals and a charming stress-free atmosphere. On luxury Sao Tome and Principe holidays, revel in days on the pristine beaches, basking in the year-round sun, or trekking through the rainforest, discovering unimaginable wildlife. Venture out to sea for a chance to see a humpback whale or stay inland, enjoying a cup of what could quite possibly be the world’s best coffee and delicious chocolate, both sustainably farmed on the islands.
Our luxury Sao Tome and Principe holidays are expertly curated by our Africa Specialists who have visited this wonderful destination many times and will recommend the best accommodation as well as unique experiences that you would simply not find online yourself. When you book with OROKO, not only will you have 24/7 support, but you will have local guides who will be by your side every step of the way.
POCKET GUIDE TO SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
Situated on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean, Sao Tome is the larger half of a two-island nation and is one of Africa’s smallest countries. A luxury holiday to Sao Tome is perfect for nature and hiking enthusiasts. Covering 30% of the rugged, mountainous island is Obo National Park, where you can go birdwatching with a local guide, climb the island’s highest ancient volcano, Pico de Sao Tome, or trek to a secluded waterfall.
A lush green jungle canopy interspersed with towering, prehistoric rock, the island of Principe has a magnificent, Lost World feel to it and offers pristine beaches, jungle exploration, snorkelling, fishing and birdwatching. Take part in sustainable tourism, watching endangered sea turtles hatch and embarking on biosphere trails and 4×4 island tours. It is an ideal holiday destination for couples looking for a remote paradise escape and who want a once-in-lifetime adventure holiday with a difference.
At OROKO, one of our favourite ways to experience Sao Tome and Principe holidays are to combine it with Gabon, the perfect multi-destination holiday for those who want to experience a mix of tropical wilderness and luxury. Begin in Gabon, where you will embark on exhilarating wildlife safaris including gorilla trekking and elephant spotting in Loango National Park. Then, fly to Sao Tome and Principe and discover the island’s vibrant culture and fascinating colonial history during guided tours.
Best Time to Visit
Given its equatorial location, sunny weather and daily temperatures averaging 27˚C, Sao Tome and Principe is considered a year-round holiday destination and the best time to visit largely depends on what activities you want to take part in. The island nation is renowned for its splendid birdlife and birdwatching is consistently excellent throughout the year. For those wanting to observe turtles hatching, December to March is the ideal time to visit. Migrating humpback whales can be seen from July to December.