SAO TOME & PRINCIPE SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS
Magnificent lost world offering fantastic beaches, jungle exploration & historical plantations
Hikes in the Principe Biosphere with volcanic spires & tropical rainforest
Excellent birding with an impressive total of 29 endemic species
Snorkelling, sustainable fishing, turtles nesting grounds & the perfect beach destination after trekking for Lowland Gorillas in nearby Odzala
Distinctively West African with a strong Portuguese influence, totally different from East & Southern Africa
SAO TOME & PRINCIPE GALLERY
FEATURED LODGE of SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
A stunning tented villa lodge on the very edge of the ocean, surrounded by tropical rainforest. With weathered wood panelling and timber decks, the distinctive villas echo the style of the fishermen’s huts that once stood at this spot. Sundy Praia joined The Long Run in 2018 and committed to a holistic balance of the 4Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – as a means to contribute meaningfully to the biodiversity and the people of their local region.
WHEN TO VISIT SAO TOME & PRINCIPE
Príncipe is on the equator off the West Coast of Africa. It is an extension of the African rainforests in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo. The island has a high rainfall together with very balmy days and brilliant sunshine. Although the island is small it has many micro-climates and there is seldom a day when you are not able to head out somewhere to catch the best weather for your chosen activity.
JANUARY TO MARCH
Peak turtle season, nesting takes place from November to early February and eggs hatch 45 days later. January is still considered to be the Dry Season, with maximum temperatures reaching a high of 29°C / 84°F. A wonderful time for birding as birds adopt bright breeding plumage in January and with between 21 and 29 endemic species it is certainly a bird lover’s paradise. February and March bring the long rains and temperatures are still high. Also, a great time for divers as the visibility is best during this time.
APRIL TO JUNE
A mix and match of seasons, April and May experience long rains and temperatures and humidity are at their highest during April. June marks the start of the dry season and is a slightly cooler period, in conjunction with July to September this is one of the best months to go hiking or trekking.
JULY TO SEPTEMBER
The best time to go! Temperatures are slightly cooler, and skies are cloudy, water temperatures reach a maximum. A great time to explore the island and go hiking. Humpback Whales, Orca and dolphins can be seen off the Northeast coast during August and September.
OCTOBER TO DECEMBER
During October and November there are short rains and the Humpback Whales, Orca and dolphins can still be seen off the Northeast coast. November marks the start of the turtle nesting season and eggs hatch 45 days later. Temperatures are warm, and the sun is perfect for sunbathing.