Sao Tome & Principe nature tour

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Sao Tome & Principe nature tour

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

We have chosen accommodation that work to reduce their carbon emissions.

- Omali Lodge uses use fresh, local ingredients at their restaurant and work to reduce their carbon footprint by attaining energy efficiency and promoting environmental conservation.

- Bom Bom Island Resort uses local, tropical foods in their cooking.

Environment

We are committed to responsible values, which are echoed in all elements of our tours and holidays. We work with accommodation providers and local suppliers who share this dedication to responsible travel by focusing on environmental, conservation and community initiatives.

You will visit some of the most biologically significant places in the world on this Nature Lovers Sao Tome & Principe Tour itinerary, including the Atlantic rainforests, mangroves and savannah of Obo Natural Park, the world’s tallest volcanic plug at Pico Cao Grande and Principe Island, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In our detailed pre-departure travel pack we have included a note to remind you not leave any litter in the national parks and reserves – everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to the wildlife. By visiting these sites (all entrance fees are included in your luxury tour), you are supporting the preservation and conservation of these areas, and indicating to authorities that tourists are interested in protecting Sao Tome & Principe's incredible natural environments.

We have also chosen accommodations which are dedicated to sustainability, conservation and responsible travel.

On Principe Island, you’ll stay at Roca Sundy, a beach lodge which works to engage guests in their mission to contribute to the sustainable and responsible development of Príncipe Island as well as the conservation of its precious biodiversity. They encourage green development options such as sustainable tourism and training for eco-jobs. You’ll also stay at Bom Bom Island Resort, who uses natural products at their spa, and contributes to the conservation of sea turtles in the region.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener, including encouraging travellers to bring reusable water bottles on their holiday.

We recognise that flying is damaging to the environment, however these flights are included in this trip to allow our customers to visit more remote areas that benefit from the economic results of tourism, including Principe Island.

Community

During your time in Sao Tome & Principe, we encourage you to support the local economy by buying authentic handmade products such as embroidery and jewellery at markets, villages and small-scale souvenir shops, rather than hotel tourist shops or on organised shopping trips. When you buy products at markets, villages and small-scale souvenir shops you are helping to support a fragile economy and supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

We also select accommodations which have their own community projects or initiatives, such as Roca Sundy, who are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the communities of Principe Island. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects they support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.

You’ll also stay at Bom Bom Island Resort, where you’ll get to know the culture of Principe Island and learn the secrets of organic farming at a local plantation house, Roça Paciência, where you’ll taste the different aromas and tastes of Príncipe Island’s aromatic herbs and medicinal plants.

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