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Lonely Planet (UK) - - São Tomé & Príncipe -

An 11-day trip to São Tomé and Príncipe costs from £2,745pp, on a half-board ba­sis, with Rain­bow Tours (rain­bow­tours.co.uk; 020 3733 6778). The tour in­cludes a three-night stay at Omali Lodge on São Tomé, to ex­plore the is­land in a 4WD and drop in on old cof­fee and co­coa plan­ta­tions. You can also go in search of rare birds, such as the dwarf olive ibis and São Tomé gros­beak. The rest of your time is spent on Príncipe, where you can kayak through man­grove forests, watch whales off the coast and hike through rain­for­est to swim in hid­den coves. The price in­cludes re­turn flights to São Tomé with TAP Por­tu­gal via Lis­bon.

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