São Tomé and Príncipe is a country comprised of two truly wild & untouched islands in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of West Africa. Often described as the “African Galapagos”, these islands offer a rare glimpse into the natural world stood still for hundreds of years. If you are looking for an outdoors adventure miles off the beaten tourist track, then the leafy paradise of São Tomé and Príncipe may just be exactly what you are looking for.
São Tomé, the southern and larger island, is where your plane will land – some like to spend a few days here exploring the capital; seeing how the locals live & learning about the rich history of the country. However, many like to take a flight the next day up to Príncipe Island and immerse themselves in the incredible nature it is so heralded for.
Upon arrival, many notice how the wildlife is not cautious around humans – the birds do not fly away, rather curiously watch you from a nearby perch. Much like Ecuador’s Galapagos, because these islands have never been connected to mainland, they have their own unique eco-system, species & captivating atmosphere.
Today, although the economy has struggled since its independence in 1975 from the Portuguese, it is a very peaceful country and opens its arms to the tourism industry, hopefully without losing its undiscovered charm which makes it such a magical holiday destination.