São Tomé / Príncipe: practical information


The official language of São Tomé and Príncipe is Portugese.


The telephone country code is +239. The coverage for mobile telephone varies from very good to non-existent, depending on the area on each island; while the international roaming agreements currently exist with one company. The internet cafes are available, but the access can be slow and relatively espensive.


The local currency is Dobra. Cash in Euro, US Dollar or Dobra are accepted. When using credit cards, only Visa, MasterCard & American Express are accepted. They do not accept any travellers’ cheques or CFA Fancs.

Electrical Power

Electric Power is 220V running at 50Hz. The Plug type used is Type C plug (European 2 pin).

Local Time

The local time in São Tomé and Príncipe is GMT +/-0


Airmail from São Tomé and Príncipe takes at least one weak to reach Western Europe. Urgent letters must be sending by special delivery to ensure their safe arrival.


Africa’s Eden offers several attractive tours in Gabon and Príncipe. From just a weekend in Loango or Roça Belo Monte, up to 13 days combination tour Gabon-Príncipe. Read more

Roça Belo Monte

Luxurious resort on the tropical island of Principe Belo Monte Plantation Hotel, offering luxurious accommodation in staggeringly beautiful natural surroundings. While Belo Monte Plantation Hotel is a wonderful place to relax and recharge your spirit, there is also plenty here to explore and discover. Read more


Want to explore the island? There are many possibilities: marine excursions like snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving, whale watching and terrestrial excursions like hiking and biking. Read more

Forever Príncipe

Forever Príncipe conservation alliance is part of the Conservation Tourism Programme on the island of Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea developed by Africa’s Eden. Read more