8 days in Sao Tome and Principe Itinerary

8 days in Sao Tome and Principe Itinerary

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8 days in Sao Tome and Principe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Sao Tome, Sao Tome Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Principe
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Ilheu Das Rolas
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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Sao Tome, Sao Tome Island

Sao Tome ©
São Tomé is the capital city of São Tomé and Príncipe and is by far the nation's largest town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sao Tome: Bombaim Waterfalls (in Bombaim) and Roca S.Joao dos Angolares (in Sao Joao dos Angolares). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Museum, head outdoors with Praia Piscina, kick back and relax at Praia dos Tamarindos, and take in the dramatic natural features at Pico Cao Grande.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sao Tome planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sao Tome is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Sao Tome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sao Tome, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Principe.

Things to do in Sao Tome

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bombaim Waterfalls, Museu do Mar e da Pesca Artesanal, Ilheu das Rolas, Roca S.Joao dos Angolares
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Praia Piscina ©
Praia Piscina
National Museum ©
National Museum
Praia dos Tamarindos ©
Praia dos Tamarindos

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Principe

Principe ©
Life slows down in Principe, and visitors appreciate the laid-back vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Roca Belo Monte, then kick back and relax at Banana Beach, and then engage your brain at Kaxi Tetuga Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Principe online holiday planner .

Getting from Sao Tome to Principe by flight takes about an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Ilheu Das Rolas.

Things to do in Principe

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Banana Beach ©
Banana Beach

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Ilheu Das Rolas

Ilheu Das Rolas ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Marco do Equador and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Jale.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ilheu Das Rolas planner .

You can fly from Principe to Ilheu Das Rolas in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ilheu Das Rolas

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Praia Jale
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Praia Jale ©
Praia Jale