Sao Tome and Principe Overview
Like jewels in the west africa coast, we invite you to discover two fascinating islands that offer dramatic landscapes with torrents and waterfalls on its slopes, white and black sand beaches, sheer cliffs over the sea, tropical forest filled with exotic birds and extensive cocoa plantations with their beautiful colonial houses. For the most traveller,this unspoiled atlantic jewels still the africa's well kept secret...
Officially named Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, or just Sao Tome Islands for short, this archipelago is located in Gulf of Guinea approximately 180 miles off african west coast. It's made up of two major volcanic islands surrounded by eight small islets, of which 6 are inhabited. With a total land area of 1001 sq km and a population of 150,000 inhabitants, Sao Tome and Principe is the smallest country in africa, after Seischelles.
Former portuguese colony was once home to thriving coffee and cocoa plantations and served as a hub for trans-Atlantic slave trade. It achieved independence in 1975.
The island's interesting volcanic geology, as well as its rich flora and fauna have been admired and studied by numerous travelers, scientist, and nature-lovers. The islands support high numbers of endemic species. Given the islands' small size, they are comparable with other island centers of endemism such as the Galápagos and the Hawaiian archipelagos. Sao Tome islands have recently designated protected areas to be known as the Obo National Park with include primary rainforests filled with exotic birds and lush vegetation. There are over 700 species of native plants including 100 unique orchids flowers and 143 birds species, many of which are only found in this islands.
The Sao Tome Islands are blessed with pleasant weather all year round, which means that those precious Islands can be visited at any time. For yourself, your group, or your family: Check out when to go to the Sao Tome and Principe!
A trip to the Sao Tome Islands will be the journey of your lifetime. The Islands won't leave you untouched.