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Sao Tome & Principe: Africa’s Galapagos

June 29 - July 10, 2023 | US$ 4,890 per person (international airfare not included)

US$ 4,890 per person (international airfare not included)

Floating off Africa’s west coast, this two-island nation is often referred to as ‘Africa’s Galapagos’ due to its lush jungle canopies, primordial rock spires, secluded beaches, and unique species of wildlife.

June 29,30, July 1: Flight to Portugal & Sao Tome

Your international flight (June 29) takes you to Lisbon, Portugal, where you change planes and board your flight to Sao Tome International Airport (TMS).   Upon arrival in Sao Tome (June 30th), your guide (Dr. Ryan Snider) will welcome you with champagne and cold face towels, before driving you to the nearby Omali Lodge for two nights.  Embark on a dramatic drive through this relatively unvisited island, visiting a coffee plantation in the morning, before enjoying a delicious lunch overlooking the ocean.  Visit the Boca do Inferno – a natural blowhole that spews salty sea water high into the air, before returning to your lodge for the night.

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July 2, 3, 4: Principe Island

Transfer to the Sao Tome airport for your short flight (included) to the green and lush Principe Island airstrip.  The next three days will be spent exploring the southern portion of this incredible island, hiking to the rarely visited Oque Pipi waterfall, and spending time with a local community group that collects shards of glass and turns them into beautiful jewelry.  These three nights will be spent at the historic Roça Sundy Colonial House.

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July 5, 6, 7: Principe Sundy Praia

For the highlight of the tour, we will drive to the northern coast of Principe Island and enjoy the next three days exploring the beautiful island by jeep, interacting with local residents, bird watching in lush jungles, boat cruising to Needles Bay, picnicking on remote beaches, enjoying a chocolate/cocoa tour, and swimming / snorkelling / paddle-boarding as we wish.  Our three nights will be spent at the ecotourism award winning Sundy Praia Lodge, with a very special dinner out on the beach!

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July 8: Flight from Principe to Sao Tome

After one last walk on the Principe beach, transfer to the airstrip for our short flight (included) back to our Sao Tome for a final night at the eco-award winning Omali Lodge with time for some souvenir shopping in the colourful and lively local market, before we enjoy a final dinner together.

July 9, 10: Sao Tome Departure Flight

After breakfast, transfer to the Sao Tome (TMS) airport for your flight to Portugal, and then back home (arriving on July 10th), with memories of an incredibly unique adventure to Africa’s Galapagos!

Included for this safari:

  • All ensuite accommodations (based on double occupancy)
  • Breakfast/lunch/dinner each day; House drinks at Roca Sundy and Sundy Praia.
  • Exclusive island transport in air-conditioned 4×4’s.
  • Services of exceptional English-speaking guides, knowledgeable of the local region and culture.
  • Long-range radio communication (and access to mobile phone) for the duration of the trip.
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water.
  • All park entry fees, conservation fees, entrance fees, airport transfers, and departure taxes.
  • Guided walks, school/orphanage visits, and cultural excursions as per the itinerary.
  • Leadership in ethical, socially responsible practices.
  • Two domestic chartered flights (July 2nd and July 8th) as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Complete pre-departure info booklet (packing lists, trip itinerary, and flight details).

Not included:

  • International airfare.
  • Travel/medical/cancellation/interruption insurance.
  • Single Supplement (if you would like your own room).
  • Passport fees, inoculations, and Tourist Entry Visa.
  • Gratuities for drivers and any optional excursions.
  • Souvenirs, soft drinks, bar beverages, laundry, email, phone, and items of a personal nature.

Travel with a purpose on a socially responsible safari.