Desert to Forest - Wolwedans meets Príncipe
08 October 2019

Earth, wind, fire, water

a journey of contrasts

EARTH & WIND
Red sand dunes and yellow grass plains in an undulating landscape of one breathtaking moment after another, this is Wolwedans at its best - an endless sea of sand shaped over countless years. Space, balance, connection... It's soulful.
Hop onto the afternoon TAAG Angola Airlines flight from Windhoek to São Tomé (with a stop-over in Luanda). Overnight at Omali Lodge and take the morning flight to Príncipe Island.

FIRE & WATER
Formed by a volcano, the island of Príncipe is covered in lush green forest, bordered by golden sand - a spec in a vast ocean off the west coast of Africa. At Sundy Praia, breathe in the potency of this diverse place... It's intoxicating.
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Suggested journey: Desert to Forest

10 nights from ± US$ 5 150 pps including flights, starting in Wolwedans and ending in São Tomé.

  • DESERT & DUNES — stay at BOULDERS for that peaceful, edge-of-the-world feeling. Set arrivals on Mondays and Thursdays.
    3 nights from NAD 24 875 (± US$ 1 640) pps (excludes Sustainability Levy NAD 1000 pppn).
     
  • FLY — daily flights from Windhoek to Luanda (departs 4:30pm), and connect to São Tomé (connects on Friday & Sunday with flights to Príncipe the next morning).
    Windhoek → Luanda → São Tomé flight ± US$ 310 pp.
    Overnight Omali Lodge from ± US$ 300 pps (included in the 7-night package).
    São Tomé ⇄ Príncipe flight ± US$ 220 pp return (included in the 7-night package).
     
  • FOREST & OCEAN — explore the island with SUNDY PRAIA as your base - village, forest, ocean, beach, diversity in every step.
    7-night package from € 2 915 (± US$ 3 200) pps (excludes Tourism Levy € 3 pppn).
     
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We are delighted about this flight between Windhoek and São Tomé opening up two completely contrasting, yet both soulful destinations in one journey. I flew with TAAG recently when visiting Portugal with my girls and the experience was great!
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São Tomé and Príncipe

Príncipe is an adventure. A tiny island topped by a canopy of green broken by spires of primordial rock, join us to discover this magnificent lost world, offering fantastic beaches, jungle exploration, snorkelling, fishing and birdwatching.

As the smaller, northern major island of the country of São Tomé and Príncipe lying off the west coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, Príncipe has an area of 136 square kilometres (53 sq mi) and a population of approximately 7,000. The island is a heavily eroded volcano speculated to be over three million years old. Here you will discover a place that time forgot and where you feel you have stepped off the edge of the world. It is distinctively West African with a very strong Portuguese influence and this gives it a rhythm of its own which sets it apart from any experiences in East and Southern African.

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Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

This founding lodge features a classic-contemporary style of simple elegance that embraces the lodge's splendid setting high up on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River. The colour scheme comprises a calm and natural palette of earthy tones, from khaki browns to charcoal greys. Pewter and glass add an effortless yet understated glamour to the furnishings; artefacts such as ostrich eggshells, hides and horns create subtle points of interest and relevance to the lodge's surrounds, whilst natural linens and plenty of texture preserve its simple but sophisticated atmosphere. Stone walls, thatch roofs and long wooden walkways bring natural materials into the interiors, blurring the distinction between inside and outside.

The nine luxurious suites have been designed to take full advantage of the spectacular scenery. Floor-to-ceiling framed glass doors fold back to reveal an uninterrupted wilderness, and the en-suite bathrooms, complete with bath as well as indoor and outdoor showers, separate loo and twin basins offer unmatched views over the sweeping landscape beyond. Keep cool with overheadfans and air conditioning, and enjoy a spacious thatched veranda and private plunge pool with terrace in every suite.

Delicious African-inspired meals are served on private decks, in the candlelit dining room, or in the cosy boma under a magnificent starlit sky. Rugged natural materials like rock, stone and thatch combine with soft-light lanterns, deep overstuffed sofas featuring clean contemporary lines and natural linens with plenty of texture to provide a simple but sophisticated atmosphere, inviting guests to linger and chat in friendly, tranquil spaces.

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