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The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe is an island nation consisting of two archipelagos (volcanic islands of Sao Tome and Principe) in the Gulf of Guinea in Central Africa. Sao Tome is the nation’s capital while San Antonio is the capital of Principe Island. The islands were said to be uninhabited before the Portuguese colonized the region and still has a considerably low population today making it a hidden gem and the perfect island holiday destination.
Principe is the smaller northern island that is heavily eroded by volcanic eruptions over millions of years. It is surrounded by smaller islands like Tinhosa Pequena, Tinhosa Grande, Caroco Island, and the beautiful Bom Bom Island. Obo National park can be found in the southern part of the island and it rises to 948m at Pico de Principe (Principe Peak). It is where a wide variety of biotopes, from savannas, mangroves, mountain forests, and lowlands can be found housing 100 types of orchids, 700 flora species, numerous kinds of fauna and colourful exotic birds. Cocoa plantations and waterfalls at ilheu da Rola and Sao Nicolau are also worth a visit. Secluded beaches, awesome coral reefs, azure waters, snorkeling, diving, and swimming with dolphins, turtles, and a diverse varieties of fish are also major tourist draws of Sao Tome and Principe.
The small nation may not be a shopper’s paradise but they islands have local artisan products like chocolate, coffee, special gift baskets, spices, specialty rum and wood carvings.
The tropical climate here allows pleasant weather throughout the year with average daytime temperature ranging from 80-90 °F. The months of Dec-Jan is best for bird watching, Jun-Sept dry season is best for trekking, Nov-Feb is best for witnessing turtle eggs hatching on the beach.
Remember to arrange for a Visa before you travel to Sao Tome and Principe. Vaccination for Yellow fever is also a must. Make sure to bring cash and convert it to local currency since credit card transactions are rarely accepted.
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