São Tomé and Príncipe (Wikipedia)
OK, I confess I had to look this up on the map. São
Tomé and Príncipe is an African island nation close to the equator
and is part of a volcano chain featuring striking rock and coral formations, rainforests and beaches.
On the larger island, São Tomé, is the Lagoa Azul lagoon. Ôbo Natural Park, a biodiverse jungle preserve, covers much of São Tomé and is distinguished by Pico Cão Grande, a skyscraperlike volcanic rock.
S9YY is a
DXpedition by DL1AWD, DL1AOB, DG5AA, DL8ALU and DK8YY
I can't imagine what possessed them to want
trek all the way to this island, can you? Meanwhile, hardy
ri1f hams are freezing
on an island near the North Pole.
Nicely in the QSO zone
Floating in the Gulf of Guinea, this two-island nation, Africa's second-smallest,
(remember that Pointless, fans) blends natural wonders with a gripping history.
Once a vast network of plantations and a centre of global cocoa production, São Tomé & Príncipe (STP) has suffered an economic collapse since independence from Portugal in 1975. In the countryside, squatters inhabit once great mansions; in the capital, historic colonial buildings slowly decay on broken streets. Nevertheless, the country remains amazingly safe and welcoming to visitors, particularly ecotourists, for whom the advancing jungle is a delight.
This is particularly true on tidy and unspoiled Príncipe, an island of just 7000 people. A canopy of green broken by spires of primordial rock, Príncipe is a magnificent Lost World, offering fantastic beaches, jungle exploration, snorkelling, fishing, birdwatching and a handful of interesting (if expensive) accommodations, with minimal tourist pressure.
It's a tough gig, but someone has to do