8 nights at £2,025pp (excl. international flights). First child under twelve sharing also stays free.
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Discovered by Portuguese explorers in 1471, São Tomé and Príncipe evolved into a vital trade route and cacao plantation center, earning the moniker 'the chocolate islands' by 1900. Today, deeply rooted African culture thrives, shaped by the descendants of Cape Verdeans, Angolans, and Mozambicans who worked on Portuguese-run plantations during and after slavery. This heritage brings a lively fusion of West African traditions, contributing to the islands' vibrant atmosphere. Experience the rhythmic tchabata drumming, the graceful ussua dance, and the energetic puita dance; admire the colorful sanguê clothing; and savor the aroma of calulu stew, a culinary delight with 30 types of leaves.
Embark on an unforgettable 8-night journey to the captivating landscapes of São Tomé and Príncipe, where lush rainforests meet pristine beaches. Your adventure begins with a 3-night retreat at the luxurious Omali Lodge in São Tomé, a haven of tranquility nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and lush tropical gardens. Immerse yourself in the rich local culture, explore historic plantations, and savor the unique fusion of Portuguese and African flavors.
The magic continues as you venture to Bom Bom Island Resort on Príncipe for a blissful 5-night stay. Indulge in the ultimate tropical paradise experience with overwater bungalows, where the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Guinea are just steps away. Discover the island's biodiversity with guided nature walks through dense forests, and unwind on secluded beaches surrounded by swaying palm trees.
This exclusive journey seamlessly combines luxury and adventure, promising a perfect balance of relaxation and exploration. From São Tomé's cultural gems to Príncipe's idyllic beaches, this 8-night escape promises a harmonious blend of nature, culture, and pure bliss. Join us for an extraordinary experience in the heart of West Africa.
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Day 1: Fly from UK to Sao Tome
Days 2-3: Omali Lodge
Begin your mornings with a hotel breakfast then a leisurely stroll through the lush tropical gardens, breathing in the fragrant air. Unwind by the poolside, surrounded by swaying palm trees, or opt for a rejuvenating spa session. Indulge in exquisite cuisine at the lodge's restaurant, showcasing the island's flavours. Embark on guided tours to discover São Tomé's rich history, including visits to cocoa plantations and charming local villages. Complete your days with sunset cocktails on the terrace, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 4: From Sao Tome to Principe!
After breakfast, you will be collected and transferred to Sao Tome airport the STP Airways flight to Principe departing at 09h00.
Arrive in Principe at 09h35, where you will be transferred via a short drive to the Bom Bom Island Resort, where you will stay five nights. Between two picturesque golden beaches, the 19 hillside and beachfront bungalows on Príncipe's northern tip offer a tranquil retreat just moments away from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Guinea.
Days 5-8: Bom Bom Island Resort
Awaken to the sounds of the ocean in your beachfront bungalow, then have a delightful breakfast overlooking the turquoise waters. Spend your days basking on pristine sandy beaches or exploring the resort's lush surroundings. Dive into the crystal-clear waters for snorkeling or simply relax by the infinity pool with a refreshing drink. Indulge in delectable cuisine at the resort's restaurant, combining local flavors with international flair. Join a guided excursion to discover Príncipe's diverse landscapes, from dense rainforests to vibrant coral reefs. Revel in the incredible sunsets, embracing the serene beauty of Bom Bom Island.
9: Arrive Home
After your final Bom Bom Island breakfast, meet your guide who will transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Sao Tome. From there, catch your international overnight flight home.
Duration: 8 nights
Location: São Tomé and Príncipe, Africa
Price: £2449 Save £424 now only £2025
Special offer only for booking before 31st December 2023*: 20% off 8 nights on Sao Tome and Principe, based on two people sharing. First child under 12 sharing also stays free.
- 3 nights at Omali Lodge, standard room, breakfast included.
- 5 nights at Bom Bom Island Resort, pool-view room, half-board included.
- All transfers and internal flights are included.
- Any international flights
- Any meals or activities not listed as included.
*Travel must happen in May, Sept, October, or November 2024.
When to visit Sao Tome & Principe
Find out the best time to visit Sao Tome & Principe with our month by month guide.Read more
The short dry season continues through to March. This is a great time for exploring Obo National Park on Sao Tome, as well as scuba diving, hiking and seeing turtles nesting and hatching. Bird watching is superb for those who want to see the bright breeding plumage.
The dry weather continues throughout February, meaning hiking in Obo National Park on Sao Tome is particularly good, although the heat can be quite intense. Scuba divers will delight at the water clarity, whilst those down at the beach may catch the end of the turtle nesting season. Bird watchers will enjoy seeing the bright breeding plumage of local species.
The long wet season begins with daily rain showers and intense humidity. However the rain doesn't last all day, and the showers leave behind clear blue skies, making this an ideal time for photography. March is good for orchid spotting too.
The wet season continues with daily rain showers and high humidity. Hiking becomes tricky on the muddy terrain. April is actually a great time to visit as it's not quite as hot as in February and March, and the rain showers clear the clouds leaving sunny blue skies, which is ideal for photography. Orchids are flourishing at this time of year
May sees the end of the long wet season with daily rainfall showers and intense humidity. It's a good month for orchid spotting and photography, but hiking remains difficult on the muddy terrain.
The main dry season runs from June through to the beginning of September. It's the perfect time for hiking, exploring beaches and swimming in the turquoise sea. This is the hottest time of year, but the cloudy skies offer some protection from the sun.
July is the heart of the long dry period, defined by the absence of rain, and the presence of cloudy skies, which will give some respite from the heat. Hiking and swimming is particularly good at this time of year.
The dry season continues into August, an ideal time for beaches, swimming and hiking the trails around the islands. There's no rain, but no blue skies either. Humpback Whales, Killer Whales and dolphins begin migrating along the north east shores. August is a month of Saints' feast days with several cultural celebratory events where the streets come alive with open air food stalls, music and entertainment.
September sees the dry weather period drawing to an end. It's still a good time for hiking, walking along the beaches and taking a tip in the ocean. Temperatures are still soaring, but the cloudy skies offer some protection from the heat. It's a great time for whale and dolphin watching as they migrate along the north east shores.
October is a bit of a mixed bag, with the short wet season beginning in earnest. Hiking becomes more difficult but it doesn't rain all day, so it's still a good month for most island activities. The whale and dolphin migration continues along the north east coastline.
In recent years November has been the month with the highest rainfall, heralding the beginning of the short wet season. Skies are grey, but the bird nesting season begins which is good news for bird watchers, and from mid-November turtles start nesting on the beaches.
December sees the beginning of the short dry season. There's still a bit of rain around, but nothing to really disrupt activities. It's a great time for bird watching and seeing the bright breeding plumage, and the turtles continue to nest on the beaches.
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