Get ready for a remote island adventure as you discover a lost world on our Sao Tome and Principe luxury holidays. Described as a ‘mini-Galápagos’ due to its ever-growing list of endemic terranean species, unusual birds and amazing marine life, including hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles as well as humpback whales.

Why travel to São Tomé + Príncipe

Situated in the Gulf of Guinea off the north-west coast of Gabon, São Tomé + Príncipe is an extraordinary destination for travellers looking to get truly off the beaten track and experience a very different side to Africa. The two-island nation boasts a breathtaking combination of natural wonders, including deserted tropical beaches, tranquil lagoons, dense jungles, pretty waterfalls and majestic extinct volcanoes. These diverse habitats are, in turn, home to an incredible variety of wildlife.
From their discovery by the Portuguese in 1470 until their independence in 1975, the isles also have an enthralling history. Lost remnants of the colonial era remain and, with our top local guides, visitors today can explore the once-thriving cacao, sugar-cane and coffee estates (or roças), forgotten mansions and crumbling buildings. However, in more recent years, the cacao industry here has been rejuvenated and São Tomé + Príncipe’s renaissance is wonderful to behold.

We recommend that our clients base themselves at Sundy Praia on Príncipe. The archipelago’s best hotel is an idyllic spot from which to explore the roças, trek through wild, primordial landscapes with a specialist guide, snorkel in azure waters or feast on scrumptious seafood or delicious dark chocolate. For São Tomé and Príncipe luxury holidays come to cazenove+loyd.

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KEY FACTS
CURRENCY

São Tomé and Príncipe Dobra

LANGUAGE

Portuguese

TIME ZONE

GMT +00:00

TIPPING

7-13%

PEAK TIME

December - February & June - August

USEFUL PHRASES

Oi/Olá – Hi/Hello
Obrigado/a – Thank you
De nada – You’re welcome
Saúde! – Cheers!
Sim/não – Yes/no

COLDEST MONTH

July/August
25°C on average

HOTTEST MONTH

February - April
29°C on average

SUSTAINABILITY

We believe travel is precious

The world has transformed dramatically since cazenove+loyd was founded in 1993. On every trip we take, we wonder how that destination will look in another 30 years. We are passionate about our destinations and understand that it has become more important than ever to conserve their wildlife, habitats and communities for future generations.

Sao Tome + Principe

Our Destination Expert’s top tip

Make the most of the Robinson Crusoe experiences with unspoilt beaches and cultural activities.

Aisha Gross

Specialises in

Africa + Indian Ocean
Did you know?

There are seven amphibian species native to São Tomé and Príncipe, all of them endemic: six frogs (Leptopelis palmatus, Hyperolius molleri, H. thomensis, Phrynobatrachus dispar, P. leveleve, and Ptychadena newtoni) and one caecilian, the cobra bobo Schistometopum thomense.

Turtle Fact

The idyllic beach of Praia Jale in Principe is famous as it is a nesting site for green hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Between November and March, large populations of female turtles make their way to the beach to lay eggs.

Where to stay

Best hotels in Sao Tome + Principe

Nothing but the best. Browse our handpicked, tried-and-tested luxury Sao Tome + Principe hotels.

Omali Sundy, São Tomé

Omali Sundy is a captivating lodge located on Príncipe Island and a haven for nature lovers seeking an authentic and eco-conscious island getaway.

Surrounded by lush rainforests and pristine beaches, it offers a serene and sustainable retreat ideal for relaxing in beautifully designed bungalows, exploring the island's rich biodiversity through guided hikes and boat tours, and immersing oneself in local culture.

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Praia Inhame, São Tomé

A stunning destination situated along the coastline, with golden sands, turquoise waters, and lush tropical surroundings, this lodge is a picturesque escape for sun-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Visitors can enjoy a range of activities, from swimming and snorkelling to surfing and exploring nearby hiking trails, or kick back and soak up the lodge's laid-back atmosphere.

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Roca Sundy, Principe

Roca Sundy is a charming eco-lodge nestled in the heart of lush rainforest. Set within a beautifully restored colonial plantation house, it offers a revitalising retreat for nature lovers.

Unwind in comfortable accommodations, explore the surrounding trails and discover local flora and fauna, then enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about the island's rich cultural heritage via local workshops that introduce traditional crafts, cuisine and music.

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What our clients say

“Thanks so much! We had a wonderful time in Sao Tome and Principe, and want to thank you for how seamless everything was! No issues at all with the travel arrangements or hotel bookings. It was exactly the type of honeymoon we were hoping for - we loved the mix of relaxation, adventure, and culture. It was a very special experience for us, and we are incredibly helpful for your assistance in setting everything up.”

What our clients say

“Claire and the team made our dreams come true. Kenya was our personal highlight where we connected with local people on an authentic level. Even in a time of Omicron our travel was smooth sailing from start to finish. We’ve come back with new memories and friends for life.”

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