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PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION 1 Chapter 1 Background Information 3 Geography and climate 3, Natural history and conservation 4, History 16, Politics and society 22, Economy 26, People 30, Religion 32, Education 33, Culture 33 Chapter 2 Practical Information 47 When to visit 47, Highlights and itineraries 47, Tour operators 49, Red tape 53, Embassies and consulates 54, Getting there and away 56, Health 62, Safety 74, What to take 75, Money 76, Budgeting 77, Getting around 78, Accommodation 78, Eating and drinking 79, Public holidays and opening hours 85, Shopping and services 85, Activities 88, Arts and entertainment 94, Photography 94, Media and communications 95, Language 99, Business 100, Buying property 100, Tourism 101, Cultural etiquette 101, Travelling positively 102 PART TWO SAO TOME 107 Chapter 3 Sao Tome: the Capital 109 Highlights 110, Getting there and away 110, Getting around 110, Tourist information and travel agencies 112, Where to stay 114, Where to eat and drink 118, Entertainment and nightlife 121, Shopping 123, Other practicalities 126, What to see and do 131 Chapter 4 The North and Northwest 137 Highlights 137, Getting around 137, Northern beaches 137, Guadalupe town 140, From Guadalupe to Neves 142, Neves 143, Neves to the end of the road 144 Chapter 5 The Interior 151 Highlights 151, Getting around 151, Madre de Deus 151, West of Madre de Deus 153, Trindade 155, From Trindade to Bombaim 156, Towards Bom Sucesso, Monte Cafe and Nova Moca 158 Chapter 6 The East and South 163 Highlights 163, Getting around 163, From Sao Tome to Sao Joao dos Angolares 163, Sao Joao dos Angolares and around 168, From Sao Joao dos Angolares to Porto Alegre 173, Porto Alegre 173, Ilheu das Rolas 178, Th e Southwest 184 PART THREE PRINCIPE 185 Chapter 7 Principe 187 Highlights 188, History 188, Culture and tradition 188, Getting there and away 189, Getting around 191, Other practicalities 192, Santo Antonio: the capital 193, Exploring the rest of Principe 199, Activities 204, Bom Bom Island resort 207 Appendix 1 Wildlife Glossary 210 Appendix 2 Language 219 Appendix 3 Further Information 233 Index 246

About the Author

Kathleen Becker is the author of the Marco Polo travel guide to London and two literary guides. A keen linguist and lover of the outdoors, she is especially interested in island destinations.

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