With picturesque Sao Nicolau waterfall cascading in the background, follow a series of trails through the forest looking for some of the rare species of birds found on Sao Tome.
Depart from the pier and drive south toward the center of the island, a land of tropical forests and volcanically formed mountains. The farther you go, the fewer the people and the greater the chance of seeing the abundance of birds found on Sao Tome. Birders have reported spotting more than 135 species on the island, including many from the West African mainland. Sao Tome is even more revered for its endemic bird species, which are equal in number to those found in the more renowned and extensive Galapagos Islands.
Sao Nicolau waterfall, an idyllic setting in the heart of the forest, is one of the best places on the island for birding. Upon arriving, you will spend well over two hours in the area, accompanied by an expert guide that will point the many indigenous and migratory species.
While there is no telling what you will spot, you might expect to see endemic species such as the Bronze-naped Pigeon, Giant Weaver and Sao Tome Paradise Flycatcher. The Sao Tome Sunbird, formerly known as the Giant Sunbird because of its size, is another species only found here. A supporting cast of birds from Africa also lives here, including Harlequin Quail and Velvet-mantled Drongos. After the bird-watching expedition, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes several hours of moderate walking/standing that includes some steps, natural and uneven surfaces as well as the possibility of mud. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Guests should be in reasonably good physical condition. Light-weight clothing to include long sleeves and long pants; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; binoculars; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. There are no restroom facilities on this tour. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary and can be influenced by weather conditions.