Discover São Tomé & Príncipe

Only 6 hours from Europe and found in the Gulf of Guinea, São Tomé & Príncipe are Africa’s second smallest nation. Discovered in 1470 by the Portuguese, these two islands hover just above the equator, 250km off the coast of Gabon. Previously known as the Chocolate Islands, the country's past hinges on its network of plantations and its role at the centre of global cocoa production during its colonial years.

São Tomé & Príncipe is perfect for those wanting to immerse themselves in nature - The interior of the two islands are still predominately primeval rainforest. Covering a third of São Tomé, Obo National Park is a rainforest with over 100 unique orchids as well as mountains that descend to white and black sandy beaches.

Stay along the coastline and you’ll discover paradise white beaches which are home to four species of nestling turtles, including the endangered leatherback. A little further out to sea you can spot humpback whales and flying fish leaping out of the water.

A visit to São Tomé would not be complete without seeing The Great Canine. This is a huge tooth like rock standing at 663m high. It is a hardened column of magma, the remains of an ancient volcano where the softer outer shell has eroded away.

Príncipe is part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, promoting the conservation of biological and cultural diversity. Fostering a development to protect its unique selling point: the pristine environment. Developed to attract visitors who are more interested in people and wildlife than in lazing on beaches, whilst providing exceptional service in a unique environment.

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Weather & Climate

The temperature varies very little through the year, usually staying around 27°C all year though.

When to go to São Tomé & Príncipe

The islands have two dry seasons. The first is December to February and the second is from June to September.

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