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As I said in my intro i found many tips and information about this destination on the consulate portal website in marseille (in french) They know very well the destination and can provide travel assistance as they work with a local travel agency (Mistral Voyages) Here is the web site www.sao-tome.styou ll find also many nice pics etc..Here the direct page to tourism infohttp://www.sao-tome.st/Tourismeenjoy !
If you just want to become acquainted with Sao Tome, I recommend one week. The second option is stay two week, and so on, in weekly basis, because there is only one flight in a week to Europe. More flights to Central Africa, though.Many of the activities in Sao Tome is based to the ways of enjoying of the nature and relaxed time ongoing.As an occasional example, we met a Dutch guy who had 2-week flying ticket. He paid 800 euros for getting back to home one week earlier than intended.Sexond example: we hired a 4WD jeep from another Dutch, who spend 3 months at Sao Tome, 3 months at Netherlands and so on.
Hints to find map of Sao Tome
It is quite difficult to find a map of Sao Tome island. If you stay mostly in the capital and nothern coast line (beaches) areas, you actually do not need map, due to lack of roads.But if you head to inland, like Cascadas da Sao Nicolau, local map is handy. For general orientation, Lonely Planet has a not-so-detailed version:http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mapshells/africa/sao_tome_and_principe/sao_tome_and_principe.htmor if the link is broken, go through the opening page of the site.This is one of the most comprehensive map you can find via net. Most of the net maps just places tiny dot to the blue box (presenting Gulf of Guinea).For road map, ask from Sao Tome, maybe from Mapping Institute. If you find it, it might be quite expensive at Sao Tome scale, but definitely worth of.For the street map of capital and other details, I used Central Africa (2nd edition) of Lonely Planet.
History -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For centuries, the islands were one of the main trade centres of the organised slave trade. In the sixteenth century, the islands' sugar cane trade was economically dominant and led the world. Later on, the plantation cultivation of coffee and cocoa was developed, and the islands and their impressive large-scale plantations (Rocas) became the largest cocoa producers in the world by the start of the 20th century. This unique position was based on the one hand on the unusual organisational talent of the Portuguese colonialists and traders, but also on the slave-owning economy, which had been standard across the world for centuries, and which was not superseded until the 19th century by the introduction of the contractual worker system, which was, however, considered to be just as oppressive by...
Watch the fishermen bring...
Watch the fishermen bring their catch of fish to the beach, and the women have a fish market right there on the beach.Ask permission to take photos . Some of the natives are pickey about photos.
Friendly people,always seem happy and smiling and willing to help. It is very safe to walk anywhere in Sao or Principe on your own. Crime is almost unheard of. Be careful at night walking , there are large holes in the sidewalk and easy to fall into them unless you have flashlight, which you would be wise to carry at night. DO NOT TAKE PHOTO OF THE PALACE,I did and the guard raised their rifle and pointed it at me. I got the message fast.There are no dangerious animals on Sao or Principe. Mosquitoes Yes.
The view from the main street,...
The view from the main street, near presidents house.It was nice to walk there and watch peoples, though it felt like peoples were watching mostly us...
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