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Itinerary: Island Africa - Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé

Island Africa - Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé

Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tomé combine beautiful island scenery with colonial heritage, with tourism rare on both islands. Experience interesting volcanic landscapes, look for turtles nesting, and uncover the remnants of its Latin colonial past.

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Island Africa - Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé

Day 1 - Malabo
Arrive in Malabo and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Overnight Yoli Hotel or similar.

Day 2 - Malabo
Spend today exploring Equatorial Guinea's capital. We visit the city centre with its colonial buildings dating back to the 19th century, including the neo-Gothic cathedral, Independence Square, and Semu market, a colourful and lively place and a good place to get to grips with local culture. We also visit the small island of Horacio, and the village of Rebola with great views over the capital and an interesting colonial flavour.
Overnight Yoli Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 3 - Moka
Drive to the village of Moka, located on the heights of the volcanic massif and a good place to appreciate the island's endemic forest and learn about the culture of the Bubi people. Excursion to Lake Biao, a crater lake that is the sanctuary of the high priest of the Bubi, the 'Mote'. The hike (approx. 4 hours) to the lake is through forest and plains, taking us up to the crater edge - the more energetic can hike down to the lake shore. Return to Moka in the afternoon and visit the Moka Wildlife Centre.
Overnight Moka Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 4 - Luba
We visit the Iladyi waterfalls, where three branches of the Iladyi river plunge into a gorge of 250 metres, and hike through the forest (approx. 3 hours), before continuing to Luba, a small town with colonial architecture and black sand beaches. Explore the town and surrounding area this afternoon.
Overnight Nautico Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 5 - Ureka
Head to Ureka on the coast, where we stay tonight in a tented camp and hope to see turtles coming ashore on the beach at night. Ureka's natural jewels include the spectacular waterfalls of the Eoli River as well as the stunning beaches of Moraka and Moaba. During the dry season in Moraka and Moaba, turtles come to shore to lay their eggs. Since 1996 the villagers have worked as guards to patrol the beaches during nesting season, as part of an NGO protection project. (B)

Day 6 - Arena Blanca - Malabo
Hike to Moaba Beach (approx. 3 hours), then take lunch in Luba before continuing to the picturesque coastal area of Arena Blanca. Return to Malabo for the night.
Overnight Yoli Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 7 - Pico Basile
Drive up to the top of Pico Basile, the highest point on the island at 3011 metres. From the top, on a clear day it's possible to see Cameroon. Return to Malabo in the afternoon.
Overnight Yoli Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 8 - São Tomé
Fly to Sao Tome. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel and explore the historic capital, with its impressive colonial era architecture, lively market and a good museum where you can learn about life on the plantations and the country's pre-independence history.
Overnight Hotel Residencial Avenida or similar. (B)

[boldDay 9 - Bom Sucesso - São João dos Angolares
A full day excursion exploring the countryside. Drive to Bom Sucesso and hike to Lagoa Amelia (approx. 4 hours) then drive south to the coastal village of São João dos Angolares. The journey takes you into the heart of the Caue district at the extreme south of the island, where the road ends and onward travel is difficult. Spend the night in a converted plantation house (roca). (B)

Day 10 - São João dos Angolares
Drive to the far south of the island and the stunning wild beaches of Porto Alegre. In the evening we wait for turtles to emerge from the ocean and lay their eggs nearby. Overnight Roca São João. (B)

Day 11 - São Tomé
Drive back to the capital via the secluded, palm fringed beaches of the east coast. On the way we stop at the fishing village of Ribeira Afonso and the old plantation and colonial era hospital at Agua Ize. Overnight Hotel Residencial Avenida or similar. (B)

Day 12 - São Tomé
Transfer to the airport for departure. (B)

What's included:
Airport transfers - We include arrival and departure transfers regardless of whether you book flights yourself, or we book them for you. If you're booking them yourself, then please let us know the details so that we can arrange the transfers. Please note though that if you arrive earlier than Day 1 of the tour, and leave after the final day, we may need to make an additional charge for an airport transfer.

Accommodation - Accommodation as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we'll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you're used to elsewhere.

Guides - In most cases you will be accompanied by one guide from start to finish. However there may be occasions when this is not practical, for example if your trip covers a number of different countries. In these cases it often makes more sense to include different guides for each place, to take advantage of their specific knowledge of the destination.

Meals - As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). These will vary from trip to trip - in some areas it makes sense to include all meals while in others there is a good choice of restaurants and we feel people might like to 'do their own thing' now and again.

Entrance fees - Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you'd like to see, these would be at your own expense.

What's Not included:
Visas - We don't arrange visas for our travellers, but if an invitation letter is necessary then we will arrange this for you. If you need any advice with visas then let us know.

Airport taxes - If there are any departure taxes to pay that are not included within the cost of your ticket, you'll need to pay these yourself.

International flights - Many of our travellers arrive from different destinations and so we don't include international flights in the cost of our tours. If however you would like us to book flights for you, then just let us know and we'll be happy to discuss your options.

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