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Sao Tome and Principe: Where Emerald Rainforest and the Atlantic Create Seductive Scenery

Sao Tome and Principe! I can almost hear you say where is that? That question goes with the name. Checked out on the map, the country occupies no more than a stamp size space. It is Africa’s second smallest country, and the least visited according to UNWTO.

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The Beauty

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Sao Tome and Principe is laid back, and makes no noise of its bejewelled self; but those who have visited the archipelago almost always turn its apostle. Its location in the “watery armpit of west and central Africa, deep in the Atlantic” provides it everything that nature could give to make blissful scenery.

Pristine bays, located at the foot of volcanos carpeted in endless virgin rainforest, provide a background for the tranquillity that reigns on the quiet streets of this Island nation. Its few population complement the serenity that the atmosphere affords, while the resorts cap everything with a feel of home.

The Challenge

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Like roses, Sao Tome and Principe does not promise that you’ll get its best without a price. For the lily-livered, getting to the Island is a top tough price as very few airlines travel there.  However, those who persevere can hope for a unique experience.

The Entry Points

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There are three airports on the Archipelago but the one at Sao Tome is the most popular and serves as a major entry point into the country. People also travel there by water, using the chance to explore neighbouring countries.

The Attractions

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In Sao Tome, Monte Café—a coffee plantation on the Island is usually a first stop for many—that is after seeing some villages and waterfalls. A stopover at a beachside restaurant and general city tour that includes seeing the cathedral, independence square, a colonial fort and the presidential palace, form a part of a day itinerary.

Tourists that are more adventurous add a visit to Pico de Sao Tome, the highest point in the country to their trip. At 2024m above the sea level and seated in the heart of the island’s untracked rainforest, climbing this mountain is a big test of endurance for those who try, but the experience is tremendous. A trip up the mountain usually takes a couple of days in the rainforest.

The Bliss

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45 minutes on Air Sao Tomes is all it takes to get to Principe from Sao Tome. This Island is smaller than Sao Tome but more at home for beach-loving tourists. It has some of the best, picture-perfect and natural beaches you’ll find around, and when you consider the palms that line the beaches, you’ll think you were in the Pacific or the Caribbean, just that it’s more unspoilt and with fewer crowd.

The Extras

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If you venture up the coast on a boat, you get a chance to see the Island from a vantage point. You’ll see abandoned buildings and lush rainforest. You’ll also meet the local fishing villages and watch how these people have lived for years. And these will drive home the point that Sao Tome and Principe is a country rich in natural beauty, a perfect place for a peace seeking soul.  

Drop us a comment and let’s know what you think of this beautiful island nation.

Michael Usifo

Michael Usifo

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Michael-Alvin, an imaginative get-it-done wordsmith, blends uncanny taste for facts gleaned from his training in law, and journalism by UNESCO, in his travels and reports about Africa for Afro Tourism.
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