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Family Adventure: Exploring São Tomé's Highest Waterfall and Tunnels

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

Your journey begins 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 start hiking, immerse yourself in cocoa plantations where, if in season, you can even taste fresh cocoa beans. The roughly 45-minute ascent through this lush environment leads to an old bridge marking the entrance to the first water tunnel.

Prepare to roll up your sleeves and navigate through the tunnel, a historical passage steeped in São Tomé's unique heritage. This singular environment offers an intimate connection with the island's history and natural wonders.

At the end of the tunnel, behold the highest waterfall on the island, standing approximately 40 meters tall, nestled within a rocky alcove, adding to the sense of wonder and adventure.

Continue your adventure through six more tunnels, each showcasing local fauna like flat spiders, with one tunnel inhabited by bats.  Afterward, enjoy a relaxing stop at the water dam for a picnic lunch (to be selected during checkout) and a possible swim in the cool waters.

Complete your enriching family-friendly experience with a gentle walk back along stone and dirt roads to the vehicles, blending exploration, education, and adventure into cherished memories.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Duration: 4 to 5 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)
- A towel if you like to take a swim !

 

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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 FIRST 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 !

Day X

ENJOY THE MAGNIFICIENCE

KEEP GOING IN THE OTHER TUNNELS

MEET LOCAL FAUNA

Don't worry, they are harmless!

AT THE WATERDAM

Enjoy a swim and may be a pic nic...!

WALK BACK TO THE VEHICLE

You´ll walk on a dirt and stone road, very easy...

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