São Tomé and Principe
Travel to São Tomé and Principe – African and Portuguese Influenced Country
São Tomé and Príncipe (often called just “São Tomé” for short) is a small island nation off the Atlantic coast of Central Africa, located in the Gulf of Guinea, straddling the Equator, west of Gabon.
Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands’ sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century — all grown with plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. Although independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s, and the first free elections were held in 1991.
São Toméan culture is a mixture of African and Portuguese influences and attractions here include stunning national parks such as Obo National Park, forts and cathedrals and bustling cities with their cultural attractions and colourful local markets. Or you can enjoy diving, fishing and boating as the waters around Sao Tome are clear and rich with life.
- Dive and swim in the clear beautiful waters of the islands.
- Spot turtles and birds at Obo National Park.
- Witness the Tchiloli; a musical dance performance that tells a dramatic story.
- Visit the smaller island of Príncipe.
- See the Boca do Inferno Blowhole.