Kopi Luwak: World’s most expensive coffee from animal’s faeces

Coffees are naturally made from different plants all over the world but there is this special one which coffee cherries are not directly collected from the plants but from the faecal matter of an animal called Luwak, an Asian Palm Civet. Well inasmuch as that may sound odd and weird, this is absolutely a reality.

May be we should start tasting faeces of other animals as Grasscutter Faeces is also used by Ghanaians to prepare very delicious soup.

The Civet coffee also known as the Kopi Luwak, is produced by the Asian Palm Civet. The special coffee is produced when the little Asian mammals eat coffee cherries. The coffee cherries undergo partial digestion as they pass through the intestines of the Civet, after which they come out as faecal matter.

The faecal matter (digested cherries) is then collected by the coffee producers, processed and packaged as coffee. The Civet coffee is the world’s most expensive coffee and is regarded as a reserve for the rich with a kilogram costing as much as $700.

Akesse Sanza roasts Luwak Coffee Beans in Bali, Indonesia
Akesse Sanza roasts Luwak Coffee Beans in Bali, Indonesia

Over the years, farmers and producers of the Civet coffee have argued that the coffee provides more health benefits as compared to others. While these may not have been proven by any scientific research, there has been no report of the coffee having an adverse health effects on consumers.

The traditional means which used to be the collection of faeces from the wild civets have given way to large and intensive farming where civets are reared in cages and forcefully given the coffee cherries to eat.

This farming practice has particularly become common in Asian countries like Vietnam and the Philippines as well as Indonesia where the wild civet abound and are mostly found, also making these countries the main producers of the civet coffee.

Animal Welfare Controversy

Over the course of the years, international organisations have had cause to question producers of the Civet coffee over the treatment of the civets. According to investigators and animal rights groups, the civets are cruelly treated by the farmers, forced to eat coffee berries or risk being beaten by the farmers. Animal rights group, TRAFFIC, reports that about tens of thousands of civets are forcefully taken from the wild and undergo severe cruelty in battery cages all in a bid to force them to eat coffee berries and produce the needed faecal matter for the market. British media BBC upon investigations also reported that civet coffees from caged civets are branded as civet coffee berries obtained through collection in the forests.

The Asian Civet

The Asian civet, popularly known as The Luwak, is a small catlike animal found predominantly in Eastern Asia. The Luwak lives in the forest among other wild animals and eats among other foods the coffee berries. These coffee berries after eaten by the Civets, goes through a digestion process as common with all animals and consumed foods. However, unlike other eaten foods, the coffee berries undergoes only partial digestion and some sort of special fermentation process, that changes the consumed coffee berries into something else- with a wonderful aroma, rather than the usual stench that comes with faecal matter.

A Luwak snacks on coffee berries inside its cage in Bali, Indonesia.
A Luwak snacks on coffee berries inside its cage in Bali, Indonesia.

While the Civet Coffee is predominantly produced in Asia, the product can be found in the markets of Europe and the America, but at very high prices due to the rarity and uniqueness of the coffee.

Plane Crash: Should You Be Scared of Flying?

For some people, traveling by air is fun and they wish to do it every day. As a travel blogger with over 200 flights, 800 hours in the air which translates into spending a full month in the skies, thoughts of dying in a plane crash send shivers down my spine any time I am airborne. In a way to squash those fears, I normally take a long break from my travels to deal with my mental shift in a way to build the confidence to fly again.

If trains and buses could take me to every one of my destinations, I bet I would never take flights.

After reading through safety statistics and been told chances of dying in a plane crash is one in eleven million, compared to car accident which is one in five thousand; it is obvious driving is more dangerous than flying but I am still terrorized by the mere thought of boarding a plane. And I believe I am not alone.

I have pieced together some facts gathered from my flying experiences that may help some of us deal with aviophobia. Check them out:

1) If you’ve ever been in a car, then keep flying

If you have been enjoying yourself in cars comfortably without fears of dying, then you have every reason not to be afraid of plane crash. As said earlier, chances of dying in a plane crash is one out of 11 million while that of car accident is one out of 5000.

Per statistics, a person has to take flight every day for 55,000 years before experiencing a fatal accident. Research has also proven that, one is more likely to die by falling off a ladder or out of bed, food poisoning than from a plane crash.

2) Turbulence won’t bring the plane down

Airplanes pass through turbulence every day but we don’t hear of turbulence causing planes to crash. At cruising altitude, it just doesn’t happen. And in other stages of flight it’s, at most, very, very rare. It takes a lot more than bumps along the way to down a plane.

Turbulence generated by thunderstorms could cause accidents. The updrafts and sudden wind shifts can be so violent that a big thunderstorm can bring an airplane down, especially if it happens near the ground. But the good news is that, pilots have been trained long ago to fly around storms.

Modern airplanes have sophisticated radar detection that allow pilots to navigate around thunderstorms so it’s no more a worry to be scared of thunderstorms.

Turbulence can however cause serious accidents onboard or even kill in some instances. To remain safe from such accidents, passengers are advised to always have seat-belts fastened.

3) Engine Failure? Don’t be worried!

If one engine breaks down, the other is enough to take the aircraft to its destination. Dual engine failure is almost unheard of but if all engines happen to fail, that isn’t the end. The speed at which aircraft travels is capable of landing at the nearest airport. Some planes may have as much as 20 to 30 minutes to land with failed engines.

Some people kill their fears of flying by taking alcohol. Yes, it’s really fun when you are onboard drunk. But drinking alcohol onboard may not be the best option for you. Our next article will discuss the dangers of being drunk on the plane.

Share with us in the comment box below how you kill your fears of flying.

Jakarta Entry Requirements COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 alert notice for Indonesia indicating that there is a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

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In response, Indonesia has currently reimposed strict travel and border restrictions in order to limit imported cases of COVID-19.

Indonesia Travel Restrictions COVID-19

  • Passengers are not allowed to transit through Jakarta (CGK). Visit visa to Indonesia and limited‑stay visa for Indian nationals are suspended until further notice.
  • All non‑Indonesian nationals who have been in India within the last 14 days of their arrival will not be allowed to enter Indonesia.
  • Indonesian nationals who have been in India within the last 14 days of their arrival will only be allowed entry through Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, and Manado airports, as well as Dumai, Tanjung Pinang, and Batam seaports.

The following type of categories are however exempted from the entry restriction:

  1. Foreigners regulated under Minister of Law and Human Right regulation No 26 Year 2020 as mentioned in travel eligibility
  2. Foreigners using bilateral Travel Corridor Arrangements
  3. Foreigners with consideration and written approval from the Indonesian Ministry or Agency
  4. Holders of diplomatic visas or official visas for official ministerial visits or higher;
  5. Holders of an Indonesian residency permit (KITAS, KITAP), business visas; or
  6. Aircrew
  • Both foreigner and Indonesian passport holders entering Indonesia directly or transiting via another country must provide a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID‑19 PCR test, in which the sample taken must be a maximum of 72 hours of departure time
  • All passengers must download and fill the health form. A completed online form and the QR code generated must be presented to authorities on arrival in Jakarta.
  • Upon arrival in Indonesia, passengers must take another COVID‑19 PCR test. Indonesian citizens with a negative test result may proceed to a mandatory 5‑day quarantine at a government facility at no cost. Foreigners must proceed to a 5‑day quarantine at a hotel approved by the Indonesian government at their own expense.

The list of hotels can be found here.

  • Cost for hotel quarantine and COVID‑19 PCR testing for Indonesian citizen is covered by the government and only applicable for Indonesian overseas workers, Indonesian student and Indonesian government employee returning from overseas duty
  • The Head of Foreign Representatives and Family on duty in Indonesia can quarantine for 5 days at their own facility.

For other diplomatic matters, the 5‑day quarantine must be in a facility approved by the Indonesian Government and subject to cost.

  • Another COVID‑19 PCR test will be conducted after the 5‑day quarantine. If the result is negative, Indonesian citizens and foreigners will be allowed to continue on their journey and suggested to do self‑quarantine for 14 days.
  • Passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 on arrival or after the 5‑day quarantine will be directed to a hospital for treatment. Hospital expenses for Indonesian citizens will be shouldered by the government while foreigners must bear the expenses themselves.
  • For foreign nationals who are unable to settle the cost of quarantine and or hospital treatment, their sponsor or the ministry/agency who processed their approval for entry must shoulder the costs.
  • Passengers on diplomatic visas, those who have visas related to official government visits on ministerial level or above, and foreign nationals using travel corridor arrangements following strict health protocols are not required to undergo quarantine.
  • Foreigners and Indonesians arriving from Pakistan and the Philippines are required to quarantine for 14 days and must take an additional COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on arrival followed by another COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on the 14th day of quarantine.

Indonesia Entry Requirements Covid

  • Passengers are not allowed to transit through Jakarta (CGK). Visit visa to Indonesia and limited‑stay visa for Indian nationals are suspended until further notice.
  • All non‑Indonesian nationals who have been in India within the last 14 days of their arrival will not be allowed to enter Indonesia.
  • Indonesian nationals who have been in India within the last 14 days of their arrival will only be allowed entry through Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, and Manado airports, as well as Dumai, Tanjung Pinang, and Batam seaports.

The following type of categories are however exempted from the entry restriction:

  1. Foreigners regulated under Minister of Law and Human Right regulation No 26 Year 2020 as mentioned in travel eligibility
  2. Foreigners using bilateral Travel Corridor Arrangements
  3. Foreigners with consideration and written approval from the Indonesian Ministry or Agency
  4. Holders of diplomatic visas or official visas for official ministerial visits or higher;
  5. Holders of an Indonesian residency permit (KITAS, KITAP), business visas; or
  6. Aircrew
  • Both foreigner and Indonesian passport holders entering Indonesia directly or transiting via another country must provide a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID‑19 PCR test, in which the sample taken must be a maximum of 72 hours of departure time
  • All passengers must download and fill the health form. A completed online form and the QR code generated must be presented to authorities on arrival in Jakarta.
  • Upon arrival in Indonesia, passengers must take another COVID‑19 PCR test. Indonesian citizens with a negative test result may proceed to a mandatory 5‑day quarantine at a government facility at no cost. Foreigners must proceed to a 5‑day quarantine at a hotel approved by the Indonesian government at their own expense.

The list of hotels can be found here.

  • Cost for hotel quarantine and COVID‑19 PCR testing for Indonesian citizen is covered by the government and only applicable for Indonesian overseas workers, Indonesian student and Indonesian government employee returning from overseas duty
  • The Head of Foreign Representatives and Family on duty in Indonesia can quarantine for 5 days at their own facility.

For other diplomatic matters, the 5‑day quarantine must be in a facility approved by the Indonesian Government and subject to cost.

  • Another COVID‑19 PCR test will be conducted after the 5‑day quarantine. If the result is negative, Indonesian citizens and foreigners will be allowed to continue on their journey and suggested to do self‑quarantine for 14 days.
  • Passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 on arrival or after the 5‑day quarantine will be directed to a hospital for treatment. Hospital expenses for Indonesian citizens will be shouldered by the government while foreigners must bear the expenses themselves.
  • For foreign nationals who are unable to settle the cost of quarantine and or hospital treatment, their sponsor or the ministry/agency who processed their approval for entry must shoulder the costs.
  • Passengers on diplomatic visas, those who have visas related to official government visits on ministerial level or above, and foreign nationals using travel corridor arrangements following strict health protocols are not required to undergo quarantine.
  • Foreigners and Indonesians arriving from Pakistan and the Philippines are required to quarantine for 14 days and must take an additional COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on arrival followed by another COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on the 14th day of quarantine.

When Will Indonesia Open Borders Again

The Indonesian government had officially announced that the reopening of its borders where travellers will be allowed to visit and stay is set for July.

Can I Travel To Indonesia Right Now

As of now, the Indonesian government has prohibited foreigners from transiting and travelling to the Indonesian Territory unless they are in possession of a valid residence permit.

Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry for all foreign travellers, including U.S. citizens are currently suspended.

Can Indonesian Travel To USA Now

Yes, Indonesians will be allowed to enter the United States since they are not on the list of the USA’s restricted countries.

 

COVID-19 Entry Requirements For Indonesia

Indonesia, like all the other countries beset with the COVID-19 pandemic, has changed its policies regarding immigration and entry into its territory to resist the inevitable and rapid spread of the disease.

Those measures include obliging travelers to fulfil all Indonesia COVID-19 Health Alert Card requirements in line with the Health Alert Card campaign.

All of these measures are in line with the Indonesian government’s efforts to control the transmission of the disease and protect travelers and their citizens as well.

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Indonesia travel restrictions COVID-19

Indonesia temporarily banned travelers from entering its borders, except for people carrying certain visas and documentation.  According to the government, the exceptions to the rule are the following:

  1. Foreigners who are holders of Indonesian Service Visa or Indonesian Diplomatic Visa.
  2. Foreigners who have Service Stay Permits or Diplomatic Stay Permits inside Indonesia.
  3. Foreigners with Permanent Stay Permit Cards (KITAP) or Temporary Stay Permit Cards (KITAS) within Indonesia.
  4. Expats or foreigners who are engaged with Indonesia on strategic national projects.
  5. Crew members of all sea, air, or land transport are allowed entry into the country.
  6. Food Sustenance Workers or Medical Aid Workers for Humanitarian Purposes.

When will Indonesia open borders

The borders of Indonesia, air, land, and sea are opened at the moment. However, the country has limited travel to certain groups of people.

When will Indonesia open for tourism?

Reference to the travel restrictions put in place by the Indonesian government, the country’s borders are only open to certain categories of people.

As time moves on, the said restrictions will be eased slowly based on the numbers of the covid-19 infections.

Is Bali Open For Tourists?

The Indonesian province of Bali has decided to put in place restrictions for travellers coming in due to the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the country since last year.

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The Indonesian borders have remained closed since last year to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of its residents.

Is Bali Open For Tourists?

Bali is currently not open to foreign tourists but the Government of Indonesia is planning to reopen Bali province to foreign tourists in July.

However, legal residents (KITAS or KITAP) are allowed to enter the country at the moment. Foreign internationals are accepted only under specific circumstances, but tourism is not one of them.

All passengers must download and fill the health form online which must be presented to authorities on arrival in Jakarta. Here is the link to the form: https://inahac.kemkes.go.id/

Do you need a PCR test to enter Bali?

Yes, a negative PCR test done a maximum of 48 hours prior to entering the country is mandatory for those with a right to entry.

Quarantine restrictions in Bali

All travellers who enter the country must self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Upon arrival in Indonesia, passengers must take another COVID‑19 PCR test. Indonesian citizens with a negative test result may proceed to a mandatory 5‑day quarantine at a government facility at no cost. Foreigners must proceed to a 5‑day quarantine at a hotel approved by the Indonesian government at their own expense.
  • Another COVID‑19 PCR test will be conducted after the 5‑day quarantine. If the result is negative, Indonesian citizens and foreigners will be allowed to continue on their journey and suggested to do self‑quarantine for 14 days.
  • Passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 on arrival or after the 5‑day quarantine will be directed to a hospital for treatment. Hospital expenses for Indonesian citizens will be shouldered by the government while foreigners must bear the expenses themselves.
  • Foreigners and Indonesians arriving from Pakistan and the Philippines are required to quarantine for 14 days and must take an additional COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on arrival followed by another COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test on the 14th day of quarantine.

Which countries are banned from entering Bali?

No country is actually banned from entering Bali, however, the borders remain closed to travellers from across the globe.

Top Things to do in Batam

Batam is part of a group Islands in the South-east part of Indonesia in the Riau Archipelago. Batam is however the most popular of all the Islands in the Riau Province and is largely responsible for the millions of tourists that visit Indonesia every year. Not far from Singapore, the small Island boasts of wonderful seafood, amazing nightlife and some stunning malls that offer products at a shockingly low rate largely because the Island is classified as a free trade zone area.

Welcome to Batam, Indonesia
Welcome to Batam, Indonesia

In the tourism world, Batam has proven to be a force to reckon with and continues to grow in stature in the tourism sector with an annual tourist visitor population growing each year. Tourists who visit the Island never regret the experience as there are a host of things to do and places to visit. Some of these places have been discussed below to help potential travelers make the best choice in terms of where to visit and what to do in Batam.

Batam Bridge

The Balerang Bridge is undoubtedly one of Indonesia’s most important bridges, linking the Island of Batam, Rempang and Galang together. The Bridge consists of a chain of six astounding bridges of various architectural designs, making transportation between the Islands possible. The name of the Bridge Belareng was obtained from the Island itself as the entire landscape of Riau is known locally as Balerang. Due to the unique and grandiose nature of the bridges, they have become one of the main attractions in Batam, with tourists from other parts of Indonesia making their way to the area to see the amazing six chain bridge that links separated Islands together.

Bridge at Batam Island
Bridge at Batam Island

Batam Cable Water Ski

The Batam Cable Water Ski is the ultimate place to have fun in Batam especially for the lovers of water and jet skiing. The cable water ski is located within the Waterfront City Resort in the Riau Islands of Batam and is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Island with an annual tourist population exceeding a million. The resort also has comfortable accommodations for tourists who may want to spend a night or more than a day at the resort.

Galang Refugee camp

The Galang refugee camp is one of Indonesia’s most historic sites, where an important part of the history of Indonesia lives on in memory. The camp was responsible for housing Indochinese refugees between 1979 and 1996. The refugee camp is situated on the Riau Islands of which Batam forms part and lies precisely in Galang. Overall, an estimated 250,000 Indochinese people were believed to have passed through the camp during its active years. After the closure of the camp in 1997, it was transferred from the UNHCR to the Indonesian state and today serves as a very important historical site in the history of the country. Tourists who wish to learn more about Indonesia and the history of the country would find the camp an important place to visit.

Mall Visit

Batam has some of the finest shopping malls in Indonesia, making shopping on the small Island city one of the most popular activities to engage in. From tourists to residents, it is easy to go out and find people touring the wonderful shopping malls in the city. The most popular of these malls are the Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall, the Mega Mall and the BCs Mall. More uniquely, the malls in Batam have prices of their products amazingly cheap compared to malls in other parts of Indonesia, making shopping in the city a must for tourists and those who would like to save cost.

Golf Courses

If there is one sport in the world Batam is famous for, then it is the sports of Golf. The small island boasts of seven luxurious and international standard golf courses which are up there with the very best in the world. For tourists who are avid fans of the golf game, there is no justifiable reason not to visit any of the seven golf courses on the Island and enjoy a game with other tourists from different countries. Beyond the golfing, it serves as an opportunity to meet and interact with people from other countries and get to know about other cultures. The seven golf courses are Taering Golf and Country Club, Southlinks Golf and Country Club, Indah Puri Golf Resort, Tamarin Santana Golf Club, Padang Golf Sukajadi, Batam Hills Golf Resort and the Palm Spring Golf and Resort.

Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temples

Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya is the biggest Buddhist temple in entire South-east Asia, occupying 4.5 hectares of land. The temple is also home to some of the tallest and biggest Buddha statues in Asia and was built in 1991 to serve as a major religious and worshipping centre for Buddhists. The white temple aside from its religious role is also a major tourist destination in Batam. Tourists who visit the city usually make their way to the large temple to satisfy their curiosity. While the temple is open to the populace for public viewing, it is done under strict supervision, with a caretaker at the temple usually leading visitors on the tour of the temple.

Amazing Seafood

As an Island, seafood is one thing you would expect Batam to have in abundance while also being experts at its preparation and surely the small Island doesn’t disappoint when it comes to that. The city offers delicious and incredibly cheap seafood, which are sold in restaurants across the city. The price of seafood there is less than half the price in other parts of Indonesia and even neighboring countries. What is more exciting, Batam is an expert at preparing seafood and the taste of the seafood here is comparable to none even at their low prices. The most popular restaurants known for serving delicious seafood include the Rezeki Seafood Restaurant, Harbour Bay Restaurant and Sei Enam Seafood. You simply cannot visit Batam and return without tasting their ever delicious seafood.

Golden City Batam

If you ever ask anyone who lives in Batam for tourism ideas and places to visit, the Golden City might be the first place they would suggest to you, and rightly so because it has earned the right to be called Batam’s finest tourist destination, an all in one park where everything about fun, entertainment and site seeing can be found. The park is located in Bengkong, Batam and is arguably the most patronized tourist attraction on the Riau Islands. The park boasts of so many attractions such as Go-Kart rides, paintball games, an illusion room, a number of amazing seafood restaurants, parks and gardens.

Plane Goes Missing 4 Minutes After Departure From Jakarta, Indonesia

A search and rescue operations are underway for a Sriwijaya Air plane which lost contact on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

According to flight tracker website FlightRadar24, Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 disappeared from radars shortly after takeoff. The Boeing 737 lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta.

The flight was en route from Jakarta to Pontianak in Indonesia with 62 persons on board.

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Flight #SJ182 which was operated by a Boeing 737-500 “classic” with registration number PK-CLC (MSN 27323), has been in the skies for 26 years after making its first flight in May 1994.

A Sriwijaya Air plane lost contact shortly after takeoff from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Saturday, according to government spokesman Adita Irawati.

“The missing plane is currently under investigation and under coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee,” Irawati said in a statement.

“We found some cables, a piece of jeans, and pieces of metal on the water,” CNN Indonesia quoted security official Zulkifli as saying.

A patrol boat from the Ministry of Transportation found possible human body parts and oil near to the reported site of the crash, reported local news outlet Kompas.

Five beautiful visa-free countries South Africans can visit this December

Christmas is fast approaching and the struggles involved in obtaining visas would definitely prevent many from spending the season in their dream countries.

Holders of South Africa passports are eligible to travel to many countries without visas and Jetsanza.com recommends one of the 5 visa-free countries below for your December holiday.

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe; two islands which are very close in proximity, is located in the Gulf of Guinea near Gabon with a population of less than 200,000. The islands were discovered and inhabited by the Portuguese, so tourists of the island experience diverse cultures.

If you are a lover of tropical fruits, then São Tomé and Príncipe is a must go. São Tomé cuisines can never be complete, without refreshing tropical fruits and hot spices. Coffee lovers will enjoy it most here. Réchauffé is a major breakfast and tastes better, just like Ghanaian Jollof.




Aside from the perfect palm avenue beaches, the islands have museums, parks, skyscraper-like volcanic rock, and rainforests. The Islands never get dull as there are a lot of activities to entertain you to the fullest. There are birds of different kinds to admire, whales to watch excitingly, fishing, boat trips, and scuba diving.

A 4-day vacation to Sao Tome costs under $1,000 and your agent or hotel will arrange for you to be issued a visa on arrival. Use the NEXT button after the pictures to navigate to the rest of the countries.

Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe

Five beautiful visa-free countries to visit this December

Christmas is fast approaching and the struggles involved in obtaining visas would definitely prevent many from spending the season in their dream countries.

Holders of Ghanaian passports are eligible to travel to many countries without visas and Jetsanza.com recommends one of the 5 visa-free countries below for your December holiday.

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe; two islands which are very close in proximity, is located in the Gulf of Guinea near Gabon with a population of less than 200,000. The islands were discovered and inhabited by the Portuguese, so tourists of the island experience diverse cultures.

If you are a lover of tropical fruits, then São Tomé and Príncipe is a must go. São Tomé cuisines can never be complete, without refreshing tropical fruits and hot spices. Coffee lovers will enjoy it most here. Réchauffé is a major breakfast and tastes better, just like Ghanaian Jollof.

Aside from the perfect palm avenue beaches, the islands have museums, parks, skyscraper-like volcanic rock, and rainforests. The Islands never get dull as there are a lot of activities to entertain you to the fullest. There are birds of different kinds to admire, whales to watch excitingly, fishing, boat trips, and scuba diving.

A 4-day vacation to Sao Tome costs under $1,000 and your agent or hotel will arrange for you to be issued a visa on arrival. Use the NEXT button after the pictures to navigate to the rest of the countries.

Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe