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Exploring São Tomé's Wild Pepper Trails: A Flavorful Adventure

This excursion focuses on wild pepper, also known as piper guinense, a unique variety prized for its aromatic fragrance and favored by peppercorn enthusiasts. Distinct from common black pepper, or piper nigrum, organic wild pepper is one of the rare natural resources that will make São Tomé famous in the world of haute cuisine.

We'll start the journey with some driving to reach the hike departure location and meet our local expert guide, himself a wild pepper harvester.

Our trek commences amidst the ancient cocoa farms, where wild pepper vines find their best ecosystem, natural humidity, and rainfall, as well as natural tutors provided by the tall tropical trees and the cocoa trees.

Navigating off the beaten path, we delve into the forest's heart. As we progress, the boundary between the untamed wilderness and our trail blurs, creating a mesmerizing fusion of nature and exploration.

Keep your eyes peeled for the telltale signs of pepper vines, and remember to cast your gaze upwards...

Suddenly, amidst the lush vegetation, we discover what we seek—the wild pepper plants.

We pause for a leisurely picnic lunch in the serene forest surroundings, replenishing our energy for the journey ahead. If on the way, we may stop for a swim at a nearby river or waterfall.

Before departing, ensure you gather a few wild pepper samples to savor the memories of this unique experience.

Refreshed and invigorated, we begin our homeward trek, reflecting on the wonders we've encountered.

Should weather and time permit, we may unwind at a nearby beach, basking in the tranquility of the shoreline or enjoying a refreshing swim.

Please wait...

Owing to weather conditions and our expert guide's experience, the exact activity location will be confirmed a few days prior to the event.

Itineraries

ABOUT 8:45 - 9:00 AM

MEET WITH YOUR GUIDE

Meeting at your hotel or downtown.
Departure time can be earlier if requested
in advance (from the capital), please confirm
meeting place and time during the
booking process.

START OF WILD HIKE

After a drive about 1 hour, we´ll reach the starting location.

FOREST HIKE

Walk through former cocoa plantations, where wild pepper vines thrive in their natural habitat.

LOOK UP NOW !

As we venture deeper into the forest, we approach the natural reserve where the wilderness and well-trodden paths seamlessly intertwine. Keep an eye on the tree trunks for any signs of the vine, and remember to look up now...

HERE IT IS !

COLLECT AND TASTE

PIC NIC BREAK

It´s time to share a proper pic nic lunch !

TAKE SAMPLES HOME

IT´S TIME TO GO BACK

Consider another one hour hike in non touristic forest paths...

RELAXING SHORT STOP

According to the itinerary and the weather we may stop at a nearby beach for some relaxing time. just ask your guide !

END OF THE EXCURSION

Transfer back to your hotel.
Excursions end before sunset
(to avoid night driving).

Our Excursions Always include:

  • Local Experienced Guide (please inform us in advance of preferred language)
  • 4x4 tourism vehicle & fuel
  • Mineral Water and local Snacks
  • Napkins & 70% alcohol (for washing hands)
  • All small expenses

This Excursion specifically includes:

  • Local Guide
  • Hiking Assistant
  • Picnic Lunch (Please specify any special dietary requirements)

The following items are not included:

  • Tips for local guides
  • Other expenses