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Family Adventure: Discovering São Tomé's Highest Waterfall and Tunnel Exploration

Embark on an extraordinary family adventure through São Tomé's cocoa plantations to uncover the hidden gem of Angolares waterfall, nestled among picturesque mountains. This memorable excursion offers a unique blend of discovery, fun with local plants, and exploration through historic Portuguese-made water tunnels.

Begin your journey with a guide pickup at Roça Ponta Figo in Neves, followed by a scenic 20-minute drive into the mountainous terrain to your starting point. As you commence your hike, immerse yourself in cocoa plantations, where the air carries the delightful scent of chocolate in the making. The roughly 45-minute ascent through this lush environment leads to an old bridge marking the entrance to the single water tunnel.

Prepare to roll up your sleeves and navigate through this historic passage, steeped in São Tomé's unique heritage. The tunnel offers an enchanting environment, connecting you intimately with the island's history and natural wonders.

At the tunnel's end, behold São Tomé's highest waterfall, standing approximately 40 meters tall within a rocky alcove—a captivating scene that adds to the sense of wonder and adventure.

Perfect for Families

Designed as a shorter hike, it's ideal for families with young children. Experience the majesty of São Tomé's highest waterfall, surrounded by imposing rocks, creating lasting memories and deep connections with the island's beauty. This family-friendly journey blends exploration, education, and adventure for an unforgettable experience.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate 
Starting Point: Near Roça Manuel Morais (20 mn drive inland from Ponta Figo)
Elevation Change: Approximately 250 meters
Languages: Portuguese, French, Spanish (limited English skills but guide is friendly and knowledgeable)

WHAT TO BRING ?

- Plastic sandals or shoes that can be wet (for walking in the tunnels)
- A light jacket for warmth (due to potentially cool winds)
- Headlamp (or you may use your phone for light)

 

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Start from Ponta Figo (near Neves) and return to the same location

If you need transportation to departure location, taxi options from the Capital are available during the checkout process, otjherwise you shall use your own vehicle to reach the departure location (about 20 mn drive up in the mountain).

Itineraries

MEET WITH YOUR GUIDE

Meet with your guide and the assistant(s) at Neves or Ponta Figo.
Nota: our team can meet you at Mucumbli or Roça Monte Forte accommodations at no extra cost !

DRIVE TO DEPARTURE LOCATION

Please offer a ride to your guide! If you don't have a vehicle, we can arrange transportation or even call moto-taxis! Note that the roads may be hilly, rocky, and slippery, so it's recommended to use a 4x4 vehicle!

START OF HIKE

Walk accross cocoa plantations

TRY FRESH COCOA

Upon seasonal availability !

CROSS THE BRIDGE !

REACHING THE TUNNEL

It's time to change clothes and put on plastic shoes. You can also go barefoot, as you'll be walking into fresh waters.

YOU ARE ALMOST THERE...

Enjoy a break and some snack !

ENJOY THE MAGNIFICIENCE

WILL YOU DARE A SWIM ?

Don't forget to bring a towel and a jacket in order to keep warm !

WALK BACK TO THE VEHICLE

You´ll walk the same way back to your vehicle, easy descending trail...

GREETING YOUR GUIDE

Don't forget to thank your guide(s) for making this journey memorable!

This activity includes:

  • Local guide 
  • Mineral water & Snacks

Activities do not include:

  • Transportation to location of activity, about 20 mn drive inland from Neves or Ponta Figo or about 1 hour from the Capital (you can select a taxi service in the check-out process). Note that you need a 4x4 vehicle to reach there.
  • Tips for the guide
  • Other Expenses