An inside look inside Africa's Equatorial Island, Sao Tome and Principe


Tucked away off the coast of Sub-Saharan Africa, spanning the equator, is one of Africa’s many hidden treasures, the twin island of Sao Tome and Principe (STP). Once a global leader in cocoa production, STP is made up of two naturally exquisite islands formed of volcanic rock with a population of only about 200,000. A popular destination frequented by the Portuguese, tourism is now increasing among other nationalities and specifically for those looking for a quick escape from Ghana. Serenity, amazing views, great food and happy people continue to draw back to STP over and over. What would draw you in? Hiking? White sand beaches? Whale watching? I started GlobaLuminary to help those less traveled to finally experience their dreams by curating itineraries destined to remove the hassle from travel and put you on the road to relaxation and a once in a lifetime experience.

Here is a sample itinerary from GlobaLuminary that will allow you to see most of the island on a three-night stay in Sao Tome:

Day 1: Arrive and explore the city, visit the cultural center, listen to live music or try out some of the locally produced rum before heading out to dance kizomba.

Day 2: Head North and Northwest where you can visit one of the largest plantations on the island, stop at clear blue, white sand beaches for a quick swim and a top eye view, and later a swim at the Blue Lagoon.

Day 3: Head South to see one of the largest existing natural blow holes on the island, visit the Island of Rolas where you can visit the equator among other things and stop by the main existing fishing village still active today. Do be sure to stop and snap a photo of two with the phallic Pico Cão Grande.

Day 4: Go into the center of the island and explore the history of coffee and chocolate making while admiring lush forest and nature treks to waterfalls.