These two rarely-visited, small Portuguese-speaking Islands situated off the West African coastline in the Gulf of Guinea are a paradise waiting to be discovered.

Possibly the two safest African countries to travel to, the friendly welcoming locals, wonderful nature and exceptional biodiversity and marine life make it a must for any adventurous traveller. Principe’s pristine forests habitat, beautiful golden beaches and crystal-clear waters protect some extraordinary wildlife. Both countries are a birder's paradise, with over 28 endemic species occurring here, in addition to many other West African specialities. Our tours range from Birding, to Wildlife, Culture, Hiking, Diving, Fishing and History and due to the excellent hotels and pristine beaches, we also offer beach holiday packages which are very popular. Allow our expert team of tour planners design that perfect holiday of a lifetime!


Capital: São Tomé
Currency: São Toméan Dobra
Time Zone: GMT/UTC
Official Language: Portuguese


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Why choose us?

Image-A-sao-tomeAshanti African Tours employ full-time registered and certified expert local guides in culture, birding, wildlife, butterflies, history and general natural history. We do not use freelance guides and pride ourselves on paying our staff a good salary and pension as well as providing healthcare and social security.  We pride ourselves on quality, affordable, authentic, professionally-led tours which benefit locals and the environment.  Please feel free to request a reference from one of our many previous tour participants who has travelled with us in your area of interest.

For more information on our expertly-guided São Tomé and Príncipe Birding Tours, itineraries and prices please contact us

All our tours can be tailored for individuals, couples, small & large groups.

Africa’s Finest Local Birding and Nature Tour Leaders

Image-B_sao_tomeOur bird guides are the finest in the country, with years of experience in leading highly productive and enjoyable quality birding and nature tours.  When booking a tour with Ashanti, you get more than just a local guide. All are of an international standard, know the birds by song and call and where to find them.  Our birding team is constantly in the field leading tours and conducting research here, with our main aim being to give our guests the ultimate West African birdwatching experience.  Please click on the Guide Info link to learn more about our leaders.

How booking a tour to São Tomé and Príncipe with Ashanti African Tours helps

Image-C-volunteerBy booking any of the wide selection of Sao Tome and Principe tours that we offer, you can rest assured that your holiday will directly benefit locals and their environment.  Ashanti African Tours have been leaders in ethical travel, putting the local communities and environment at the heart of what we do.  Through our ethical travel initiatives, we have been able to build an eight-classroom school facility catering for Crèche, Kindergarten and Primary school students in a coastal community.  We are also currently in the advanced stages of building an eleven-classroom school for three remote communities in West Africa, as they currently do not have school facilities close to them.  In addition, we are sponsoring 23 community-based committee members to patrol a portion of endangered Upper Guinea Rainforest habitat, stopping illegal logging and hunting activities.  We are actively involved in protecting endangered and vulnerable bird and mammal species within West Africa.  Our professional and ethically-run operations employ locals, we source the vast majority of our products and services locally and we are passionate about giving our tour participants the ultimate authentic West African experience.  Many travel companies state they are into responsible travel, however this is often greenwashing to get responsible travellers to book with them.  This is not the case at Ashanti African Tours and we are happy to forward more detailed information on all of our community development and environmental conservation projects, feel free to ask.