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Sao Tome - kids - d.l. travel

“Visitors to these islands often say that they’ve found paradise on earth. They work hard to preserve their spectacular natural landscapes, with its untouched equatorial forests, unique tropical vegetation, wide variety of orchids, and all the ocean fauna and bird species which live on the islands and in the crystal clear seas which surround them. Schools of whales and pods of dolphins can be seen from excursion boats, and five strictly protected species of turtle lay their eggs on the islands’ beaches in September, for them to hatch the following April. It’s an amazing experience to watch these baby turtles emerge from their nests and instinctively make for the water.

Diving enthusiasts can indulge their hobby in pleasantly temperate waters, and discover the rich ocean wildlife. Last but not least, the weather there is always good.


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“The island of São Tomé is surrounded by a single enormous, free beach. The northern part of the island is in a rain shadow, so it’s much sunnier (e.g. Praia dos Governadores) while the southern part is cloudier, and gets a lot of showers (e.g. Praia Piscina). It’s worth renting a car (€40-50 per day) and driving around the island – it’s easy to find a deserted stretch of beach, between the virgin rainforest and the ocean…

The easiest attraction to reach in Obo National Park is the Lagoa Amelia Crater Lake, which can most easily be reached from the botanical garden (Bom Sucesso) – it’s also possible to hire a driver there for about €30. Reaching the crater on foot means a 1-1.5 walk through the rainforest. The trail can get steep in some places, but it’s worth the sweat! Along the way you’ll see plants and animals you certainly won’t see elsewhere (e.g. the flowering giant begonias that grow up to three meters tall, and colorful birds). A raincoat (or a big banana leaf) are strongly recommended…
For coffee lovers, the Monte Café Coffee Museum is unmissable. This former colonial plantation has been transformed, and now offers shows, tasting sessions… You can get really good local, specialty varieties of coffee that you won’t find anywhere at home, even in the most exclusive cafés!  Meanwhile, chocoholics should type this name into your google search: “Claudio Corallo”… (a.j., 2019)

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Background

Sao Tome and Principe - national flag

Destination in brief

Sao Tome and Principe are an island-state in the Atlantic Ocean, bout 300 kilometers off the west African coast, in line with Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Size: 1,001 km² (386.5 mi²) - The country consist of two main islands and some smaller ones.- Sao Tome and Principe is the second smallest African country (Seychelles is even smaller) 

Sao Tomé is the bigger island. 50 km (30 mi) long and 30 km (20 mi) wide and the more mountainous than Principe.

The capital city is Sao Tomé on the island of the same name.

Population (in 2020): 211,581 - 79% mestizos (the descendants of Portuguese colonists and Black slaves), 10% Fang (immigrated from Gabon), 7,5% Angolares ( the descendants of Angolan slaves), 2% White Portuguese

Language: Portuguese

The country was a Portuguese colony until 1975.

Religion: 82% Christian

Form of government: republic, parliamentary democracy

Currency: The Sao Tomean Dobra (STD)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 120 USD

Most common surname: Lopes

Geography

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Sao Tome and Principe - Sao Tome Island - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Sao Tome and Principe -Sao Tome Island - Obo National Park - in the background the 2,024 m (6,640 ft) high Pico de São Tomé - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Nowadays

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Sao Tome - after shopping - d.l. photo

Attractions


Beaches

Sao Tome and Principe - Banana Beach (Praia Banana) - b.k. photo

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