Attractions of Sao Tome and Principe

Attractions of Sao Tome and Principe

Boca do Inferno

Boca do Inferno (Portuguese for “Hell’s Mouth“)  is a natural blow-hole near Água Izé, a small town about 17 kilometres south from Sao Tome, São Tomé e Principe’s capital. A small and narrow passage funnels the waves under a bridge of basaltic stones and comes out roaring and spraying.

ilheu das rolas

Ilhéu das Rolas is a small island straddling the equator off the southern tip of São Tomé in Caué District 73 kilometres south from Sao Tome. This beautiful little island is a great place for diving and the main activity here is tourism with approximately 200 people directly employed.

Pico Cão Grande 

Pico Cao Grande (Great Dog Peak) is lofty needle-shaped volcanic tower, 300 metres tall made of treacherous volcanic rock and surrounded by a thick jungle of giant ferns infested with snakes which thrive in the humid climate. It is found 56 kilometres south of Sao Tome on São Tomé Island in Obo National Park.

Obo National Park

Obo National Park, São Tomé e Príncipe’s only national park covers about 30% of the country’s surface 26 kilometres from Sao Tome. The park includes all the different biotopes – the lowland and mountain forests, mangroves and a savanna area. There are sea turtles and about 143 bird species in the park.

São Sebastião Museum

São Sebastião Museum is the former Fort São Sebastião which was built in 1575 and refurbished in 2006. The museum contains religious art and colonial-era artifacts. It is a beautiful example of a well preserved 16th century Portuguese colonial fort located about 2 kilometres from Sao Tome.

Pico de Príncipe

Pico do Príncipe is the highest peak in São Tomé e Príncipe at 948 metres, about 156 kilometres from Sao Tome. It is located in Príncipe, São Tomé e Príncipe. This montane rainforest is very rich in endemic species, including several species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and subspecies of shrew Crocidura poensis.

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