What’s it like to stay at Makaira Lodge on Príncipe?

On leaving after her stay at Makaira Lodge on Príncipe, it occurred to Emma that if the rest of the world had gone up in a puff of smoke she wouldn’t have had a clue. Or even minded much!

The Lodge, which specialises in boat and fishing trips, can be found on the beautiful Praia Campanha beach where the rainforest meets the ocean.  The sea laps just a short distance from the six African safari tents which are gorgeously laid out inside with what feels like a four-poster bed elegantly draped with white mosquito nets, wooden floors and everything an explorer could need in their beach camp.

Makaira Lodge.Principe Choice www.saotomechoice.com

The adventure begins at the airport when you get aboard the Polaris Ranger, a kind of quadbike that’s well on its way to becoming a vehicle but way better and more fun.  Quickly leaving the paved road behind, you take a mischievous little dirt track off through the forest; Makaira Lodge are working hard to maintain the road which is a bit washed out in places but don’t worry, your driver knows just how to keep you safe and upright!

Makaira Lodge.Principe Choice www.saotomechoice.com

You’ll receive a warm welcome to life at Makaira Lodge by the couple who manage it, Carina (who is Portuguese and speaks English) and Stan (South African).

Stan runs the boat trips : snorkelling trips, excursions with picnics on remote beaches, oceanic bird watching trips, sight seeing trips and fishing expeditions, and looks after the lodges 2 kayaks – and Carina makes sure everything else runs smoothly.  Carina and Emma did a fantastic walk to the Oqui Pipi waterfall in the Obo National Park and swam in the cool pool beneath the refreshing cascade, they can’t recommend it enough!

Makaira Lodge.Principe Choice www.saotomechoice.com

Life at Makaira Lodge is an adventure; there’s no air conditioning, no electricity between 11pm and 7am,  you’re remote and can’t just pop into the next town or village for a coffee and life on the sea shore is pretty humid and wild with the seas constant movements. But it’s worth it for your own private beach, wonderful bird and marine life, the freedom to explore the forest that links the neighbouring bays and the hundreds of thousands of stars at night.  It’s an eco lodge, not a hotel by any definition, and you will love it!

How do I get there?

Holidays are very personal to each of us and planning a trip to somewhere less travelled requires good advice and careful planning.  For over 20 years the team at Archipelago Choice has travelled extensively to all the special destinations we offer and have unrivalled knowledge based on our own personal travel experiences.


Sao Tome and Principe are incredibly special islands to visit and if you think these islands are for you, then love to hear from you. For a friendly chat, please call 00 44 (0) 17687 721050 or email: info@archipelagochoice.com


If you’d like a free brochure then please click on the link –   São Tomé holiday brochure


Emma O’Rouke



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