Truely wild. True tranquility.
Nature highlights in São Tomé e Príncipe
Lagoa Amélia: Mystic lake inside ancient volcano crater, overgrown by thick layers of grass. Cascata São Nicolau: Famous waterfall in the dense mountain forests, easily reachable by street. Roça Bombaím: Ancient agricultural outpost on a plateau valley inside the rain forest, with its own little botanical garden. Monte Café: Once one of the largest coffee plantations, still with wide fields of coffee, cocao and some vanilla around. Boca do Inferno: ” The Mouth to Hell” – Tunnel made by the Atlantic Ocean, impressively spraying spindrift. Lagoa Azul: Clear water bay, with surreally turquoise waters before noon (due to sun direction). Praia Inhame and Praia Piscina: Two of the superb beaches at the south tip of São Tomé e Príncipe. Ilhéu Santana: Small rocky islet, overgrown by palmtrees, cut by a tunnel a the Ocean’s surface. Malanza Mangroves Lagoon: Spot bird species on a canoa tour. Sete Pedras: The Seven Stones – superb diving spot with rocks raising straight from the Atlantic Ocean’s ground. Sete Ondas: The Seven Waves Beach – Yes, these are really seven waves in front of this sandy beach braking. Pico de São Tomé: Our highest peak, 2014 meters above the Ocean, aproximately 8 to 12 hours hike one way, with overnight sleep and only for those you like it tough. Pico Papagaio: the highest peak of Príncipe Island. Not easy to climb either. Zampalma Waterfall: Well hidden in the São Tomé rainforest, with a small pool to take a chilling bath. Praia Tamarinas: get some sweet-sour refreshment directly from the Tamarind trees at this beach. Plus: Many, many other beaches and truely wild nature.
Discover São Tomé e Príncipe by foot (local guide recomended):
Selected hiking trails
Jungle, waterfalls, wild plantations, hidden volcano valleys, trails, lagoons and wild beaches:
Season all year round
Some of São Tomé e Príncipe’s nature and festive seasons: January: New years Bath in the Ocean, King Amador Day, Santo Izidoro at Ribeira Afonso, bread fruit, turtle oviposition, turtle eclosion, short dry seaon. wale spotting. February: short dry season, Batepá National Memory’s Day at Fernão Dias. March: Orchids blossom. April: Orchids blossom, bread fruits. June: Mangostane fruits, World Music Day at São Tomé City. July: Mangostane fruits, Independence Day, Nossa Senhora Perpetuá at Conde, Santa Maria at Madalena. August: Orchids blossom, Palm wine event at Otótó, Floripes Dance and Traditional Event at Santo António. September: Orchids blossom, Nossa Senhora de Nazaré at Trindade. October: Orchids blossom, Mango fruits, Nossa Senhora at Guadalupe. November: Mango fruits. December: Wale spotting, Christmas, turtle oviposition, turtle eclosion. All year round: palm wine, cocoa (each 3 months), coconuts.