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Plantation Tour In Sao Tome

Country: Sao Tome And Principe
City: São Tomé
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Nature Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day1: Arrival

Meet and Greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel, Overnight in Agosto hotel

Day 2: Plantation Tour

Plantations Tours in the northern zone, overnight in Mucumbli hotel

Day3: Plantation Tour

Plantations Tours in the center zone, overnight in Mezochi hotel

Day4: Plantation Tour

PlantationsTours in the southern zone, overnight at Inhame hotel

Day5: Shopping

Return to capital, visit Sao tome town, do souvenir shopping, overnight in Agosto hotel

Day6: Departure

Check out at the hotel, and transfer to the airport for your onward flight

Best Things To Do in Sao Tome:

The slightly larger of the two islands, São Tomé is where you’ll arrive when flying in from abroad. Most people spend a few days on São Tomé before heading to Príncipe, and although it is more populated than its sister island, there are enough day trips on São Tomé to keep you busy for a couple of weeks at least! Sao Tome and Principe tourism is still in its infancy, so you know that you’ll be experiencing the real deal as you travel around the most exotic islands in Africa.

Praia Piscina

This place is really cool, and one of the best beaches in São Tomé. Located pretty much on the southern tip of the island, it does take a while to reach the beach, but when combined with a day trip to São Tomé to visit other sights along the way, this is a must-see! Praia Piscina is named after the crystal clear rock pools sheltered from the waves that make excellent swimming pools and are perfect for cooling off on a hot afternoon. There’s also a blowhole for fun photographs!

Malanza Mangroves Canoe Tour

Well and truly off the beaten track is a relaxing canoe ride on the Malanza River through the mangrove forest in the south of São Tomé. The Malanza estuary leads into the biggest mangrove forest on the islands, which is home to numerous bird and monkey species.

Tours in traditional canoes (expertly paddled by a local boatman) through the mangroves are a real contrast to the other island sights, with excursions lasting around 2 hours as you glide silently on a circular route through the slightly eerie forest. We saw several endemic birds, monkeys, and even a pig! It’s certainly one of the more unusual things to do in Sao Tome and Principe.

Cocoa Plantations

One of the top things to do in Príncipe is to visit a cocoa plantation. These Cocas (plantations) on São Tomé and Príncipe were once one of the biggest cocoa producers in the world, which gave the islands the name ‘The Chocolate Islands‘. Wherever you’re staying, just ask the staff to arrange a tour for you.

The visit will start with a walk through the plantation, meeting workers, and learning about the different plant species, both culinary and medicinal. Then you’ll get to see parts of the production process, including the old dryers and of course, taste the chocolate at the end!

Pico Cão Grande

One of the best things to see in Obô National Park is Pico Cão Grande, a needle-shaped volcanic plug towering 370 meters above the steaming tropical forest. Often surrounded by swirling mists, this precipitous peak is one of the top sights on São Tomé. It’s rare to see the peak without the cloud, which just makes it all the more mysterious.

Roça São João dos Angolares

Located in the east of São Tomé just outside the fishing community of São João dos Angolares, this old plantation house has lovingly resorted into a restaurant and eco-tourism venture with guest rooms. The working plantation makes a great lunch stop on a São Tomé day tour, serving some of the best food on the island.

Dishes are inventive, using fresh local ingredients, with lots of fish, herbs, and tropical fruits. Lunch here is one of the most popular activities on São Tomé – it’s a 7-course tasting menu so make sure you set enough time aside to enjoy it properly!

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