Galapagos of Africa – Sao Tome and Principe

by | March 17, 2021

Discover this beautiful, lost world with fantastic beaches. Explore the jungle or go snorkeling and diving. The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe off the west coast of Africa are also called the “Galapagos of Africa” ​​and they have a lot to offer. The island of Príncipe was even included in UNESCO’s list of biosphere reserves in 2012.

Are you looking for a good mix of eventful but also relaxing holidays? Then São Tomé and Príncipe are the right place for you. In addition to relaxing days on the white sandy beaches, there are numerous activities to get to know the culture and nature better.

According to Countryaah, São Tomé and Príncipe are unmistakably West African, but have a strong Portuguese influence. This gives them their own rhythm that is definitely worth getting to know.


You will be accommodated in one of the HBD Hotels, which sustainability is an important issue. It is the largest employer on the island according to the local government and one of the few opportunities for locals to go beyond farming and fishing.

This is an example of one of our tours and should serve as a source of inspiration. Of course, the itinerary including the destinations can be adapted and we will be happy to work out a round trip for you that is tailored to your interests and budget.

Best travel time: all year round

Travel duration: from 8 days

Planning your trip: Turtles nest and breed from September to April. Whales and dolphins can be seen in northeast Príncipe between August and September.

Tip: São Tomé and Príncipe can be perfectly combined with a few days in Lisbon on the outward or return journey.

Day 1: Flight to São Tomé
Flight from Zurich to São Tomé. Arrival in the evening with transfer to your hotel in Omali.


Day 2: Tour of Sao Tome
Experience a half-day tour of São Tomé and discover this hidden paradise. In the afternoon transfer from Omali to São Tomé International Airport. 35-minute flight from Sao Tome International Airport to Príncipe Island. You will be picked up at the airport and taken to Roça Sundy.

Day 3 – 4: Stay in Roça Sundy
Take a trip into the past and discover the life, history and people of Príncipe. Roça Sundy is located on an old coffee plantation that is shared with the villagers. Spend your days discovering the area’s ancient ruins, discovering the historic cocoa plantations, the biosphere, and meeting the locals. Hike or car transfer from Roça Sundy to Praia Sundy.

Day 4 – 8: Stay in Praia Sundy or Bom Bom
Explore the forest, sand and sea in Praia Sundy. Get to know the island’s culture and extraordinary landscape, visit the smallest capital in the world and observe the secrets of organic farming. Experience different aromas and tastes and let yourself be pampered with traditional dishes from the region.

Day 9: Transfer from Praia Sundy to Príncipe Airport.
A 35-minute domestic flight from Príncipe Airport to São Tomé International Airport. Spend the time leading up to departure at the hotel and fly home on your international flight.