11 days in Sao Tome and Principe Itinerary

11 days in Sao Tome and Principe Itinerary

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Sao Tome, Sao Tome Island
— 7 nights
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Principe
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Ilheu Das Rolas
— 2 nights
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Sao Tome, Sao Tome Island

— 7 nights
São Tomé is the capital city of São Tomé and Príncipe and is by far the nation's largest town. You'll get in some beach time at Praia dos Tamarindos and Lagoa Azul. You'll explore and learn at Museu do Mar e da Pesca Artesanal and National Museum. Step out of Sao Tome with an excursion to Bombaim Waterfalls in Bombaim--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Obo National Park. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Atlantic Diving Center, make a trip to Se Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Graca de Sao Tome, steep yourself in history at Forte De Sao Sebastiao, and hike along Lagoa Amelia.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sao Tome route maker app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sao Tome is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Sao Tome. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sao Tome, with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Principe.

Things to do in Sao Tome

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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Principe

— 1 night
Life slows down in Principe, and visitors appreciate the laid-back vibe.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the engaging exhibits at Kaxi Tetuga Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Banana Beach, and then cast your line with Makaira Adventure.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Principe road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sao Tome to Principe takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Ilheu Das Rolas.

Things to do in Principe

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
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Ilheu Das Rolas

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Marco do Equador and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Jale.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ilheu Das Rolas trip planner.

Getting from Principe to Ilheu Das Rolas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ilheu Das Rolas

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

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Sao Tome and Principe travel guide

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Beaches · Outdoor Activities · Specialty Museums
Center of the World
The island nation of Sao Tome and Principe encompasses a volcanic chain that gives it its distinctive topography. The beaches that ring the islands remain some of the main places to visit in Sao Tome and Principe, with many hidden, deserted strips of sandy coastline serving as perfect getaways for those looking to escape the everyday grind. Much of the nation remains unexplored by tourists and undeveloped, making the lush rainforests and volcanic peaks of the interior particularly atmospheric hiking destinations. The laidback Creole culture of the main towns won't take too long to get used to, but it might take a little longer to get shake off after you return home.