São Tomé and Principe
The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Principe
consists of two main islands that form part of a chain of extinct volcanoes and
both are fairly mountainous. They are situated in the Gulf of Guinea,
straddling the Equator, west of mainland Gabon.
Illa de São
Tomé is 50 kilometers long and 32 kilometers wide and the more
mountainous of the two islands. Its peaks reach just over 2,024 meters.
Principe is smaller at about 30 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide.
The capital city is São Tomé. Other major towns include
Neves and Santa Cruz on Illa de São Tomé and Santo Antonio on
Ilha do Principe.
|Africa Guide's recommended book
||Sao Tome and Principe (Bradt Travel Guide)
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Largely unexplored and
unexploited by tourism, these tropical volcanic islands off the west African
coast are the antithesis of mass-market destinations and one of the most
unspoilt places on earth. The author guides pioneering travellers round this
African island paradise, 75% of which is covered by rainforest, and its
unspoilt palm-fringed beaches, towering volcanic peaks, and fascinating
colonial heritage. She also provides in-depth coverage of Sâo Tomean
culture and history as well as contemporary political issues.