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BOM BOM ISLAND

Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes and intriguing culture of Sao Tomé and Principe islands on this 9 day adventure. Heading off the beaten path allows you to see a side of Africa missed by most, as you trek into the jungle in search of endemic flora and fauna, take to the seas for humpback whales, creep down to see turtles laying their eggs, or simply recline on blissful beaches.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the Africa rarely seen.
  • Spot colourful birds, monkeys and flowers in primary rainforest.
  • See humpback whales in summer.
  • Watch marine turtles laying their eggs on pristine beaches.
£1,995
per person

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SAMANTHA GEE

Africa Specialist

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive at Sao Tome

    Fly to Sao Tome via Lisbon. When you arrive at Sao Tome airport, you'll be met and driven to Omali Lodge Boutique Hotel, just five minutes away. Omali is located just outside the picturesque town of Sao Tome, on Lagarto beach. It is the perfect base from which to explore the natural and cultural wonders of the equatorial island of Sao Tome Inside, there are 30 comfortable rooms and suites, surrounded by verdant gardens of green lawns and swaying palms that run down to the beach. The island enjoys a diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystem, with whale watching between July and September, turtle watching between December and March, bird watching, diving, snorkelling and fishing. We also recommend climbing the Pica de Sao Tome for beautiful island views.

    Overnight: Omali Lodge Boutique Hotel

  3. Day 2 - 7 Sao Tome to Principe

    After an early breakfast, continue by light aircraft to Principe Island and the Bom Bom Island Resor. Bom Bo occupies an islet on the north coast of Pincipe, lying amongst lush rainforest, plantations and beautiful secluded beaches. The resort has just 19 air conditioned bungalows with sea, garden or pool views and large verandas. There is also a swimming pool, and a delightful bar and restaurant with open-deck that is accessed by a wooden causeway and has lovely views overlooking the sea. If you tire of relaxing, there's plenty to do at Bom Bom. Snorkel to see reefs teeming with bright red soldiers, snapper, goatfish, barracuda, turtles, eels, stony coral, gorgonian sea fans and volcanic boulders coated in anemone; head out by boat to see humpback whales on their migration (July to September); see turtles nesting on the beach (December to March); trek into the forest in search of monkeys and multifarious bird life; or join a local expert on a fishing trip. Also on the island are cocoa, coffee and vanilla plantations, the charming, historic town of San Antonio, and Sundi Estate, a colonial farm that was once the home of the Portuguese Royal family. The Sundi Estate hosts a large hospital, a church, stables, coffee and cocoa roasting facilities, a mansion, sleeping quarters that once housed hundreds of workers, an old disused railway network with a steam locomotive and various other outbuildings. Sundi is also the place where, in 1919, Sir Arthur Eddington proved Einstein's relativity theory during a total eclipse.

    Overnight: Bom Bom Island Resort

  4. Day 8 Principe to Sao Tome

    Today, fly back to Sao Tome for a final night at Omali Lodge before you journey home.

    Overnight: Omali Lodge Boutique Hotel

  5. Day 9 Depart

    Transfer to Sao Tome Airport for your flight home.

  6. Depart

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