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Undiscovered Cape Verde

The Cape Verde Islands offer a unique blend of African and Portuguese history. We go to the geologically younger, where the way of life is relatively untouched by the outside world

From£2,699

  • Cape Verde

  • 14 nights
  • Pioneer

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Moderate

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Tour codes: 48950

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Cape Verde’s dramatic canyons and fertile oases, ‘ribeiras’.
  • African and Portuguese culture, music and cuisine.
  • Dramatic island and mountain views, plus ferry to Santo Antão.
  • Savour the blend of African and Portuguese culture, music and cuisine.
  • Discover Cidade Velha, the earliest colonial city – now a heritage site.
  • Local guide throughout for the local flavour and expert knowledge.

A day’s walking up the ribeiras on Santo Antao rewards you with stunning vistas over volcanic mountains, deep gorges and the bluest of seas. The prospect of a refreshing ocean dip, perhaps accompanied by a well-earned sundowner drink, entices you on the downward slope towards the white sand beaches.

Tourism is still in its infancy here, with the majority of the development in the eastern islands by the beach. Instead, we head for the geologically younger, more rugged islands where there is superb walking and where the way of life remains largely untouched by the outside world. We can enjoy the freshness of this new destination, while recognising that facilities are at times more limited.

Our introduction to the archipelago is with the largest island of Santiago. Here we first stay on the coast at Cidade Velha, before travelling into the mountains to Sao Domingos, to see a glimpse of life in the very African interior. We continue to the island of Sao Vicente where we explore the fascinating city of Mindelo, with its British historical connection plus a beach walk. We then catch the ferry to Santo Antão, the furthest island west in the archipelago, where we spend several days exploring the ancient cobbled pathways of this walkers’ paradise. This is one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes, with high cliffs, deep valleys and ravines. We’ll walk the ribeiras and appreciate the stunning scenery. We return to Sao Vicente for one night before we return to the UK.

Cape Verde offers beautiful landscapes, turquoise seas, exceptional walking and a warm, sincere welcome. Bring your sense of adventure and pioneer spirit, for a truly memorable experience. All groups will be accompanied by a local guide throughout.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Praia return Sao Vicente to Heathrow via Lisbon both ways (TAP Portugal)
  • Inter island flight and ferries
  • Airport/Port transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken at hotels and at local restaurants
  • Local English speaking guide throughout
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Santiago

Meals

In-Flight

Accommodation

Fly from London Heathrow to Praia on the island of Santiago (via Lisbon). We’ll transfer to our hotel in Cidade Velha for two nights’ accommodation.

Transfer Time = 45m

Day 2

Santiago

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we’ll explore Cidade Velha, a historic village and a UNESCO world heritage site. Cidad Velha, once known as Riberia Grande, became the first European colonial outpost in the tropics. Two churches, a royal fortress and the marble Pillory square still remain. We will take an interesting walk through a surprisingly green lush valley, passing a Baobab or two on the way and the possibility of seeing a Kingfisher as we go. We will spend some time sightseeing around the area.

Day 3

Santiago

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

Today we continue to Sao Domingos and Rui Vaz where we stay for three nights. En route we will visit Tarrafal in the north of the island where we enjoy a walk and have time for lunch. One of the walks we may follow will take us along the coast with fine views of Tarrafal. As our stay in Rui Vaz is in the mountains, you may find the temperature here cooler and the day often starts with misty mountains. 

Day 4

Santiago

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will enjoy some spectacular walks from Rui Vaz, where craggy mountains offer a wonderful contrast to our time spent on the coast. There will be beautiful views across the island, the mountain peaks and plenty of opportunity to encounter local rural life and perhaps the odd donkey!

Today's walk takes us to Monte Tchota and Monte Gamboa. After a circular walk through the countryside south of our hotel in the mountains, we climb steadily to Monte Tchota and on along a ridge to Monte Gamboa with wonder views  as far as Fogo Island. 

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    550m

Day 5

Santiago

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

A walk with great views of the surrounding jagged peaks. There ill be a continuous descent where we will pass through eucalyptus and a small botanical garden towards the village of Sao Jorge dos Orgaos.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    600/560m

Day 6

Sao Vicente

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We’ll leave Santiago and take an evening flight from Praia to Mindelo, Sao Vicente. We will transfer to our hotel for two nights’ accommodation.

Day 7

Sao Vicente

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We’ll discover Mindelo today with an orientation walk around the area where we’ll learn about the local history and have some free time to explore more of the area independently.

Day 8

Santo Antao

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Descent

    850m

We’ll take a ferry from Sao Vicente to Santo Antao for 6 nights’ accommodation (possibly with an early start depending on ferry schedules). Santo Antao is mountainous with high peaks, rugged cliffs and deep ravines. The island has a very diverse landscape and some areas are rich in vegetation whereas other areas are barren. The landscape is extremely dramatic and some of the best scenery of the holiday can be found here! In the afternoon we will take an introductory walk from Corda to Coculi. The route will take us on a long decent with some challenging stony sections but with spectacular views into the ribeiras on both sides. We will follow the windy gravel path down the mountainside on donkey paths. 

Day 9

Santo Antao

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During our time on Santo Antao, our walks will take us on cobbled paths with views into the ribeiras, past extinct craters, into verdant valleys and along coastal paths. We’ll get an insight into rural island life as we will pass small hamlets and cultivated terraces. We will enjoy a mix of hotel and local restaurant evening meals. 

Before transferring to our hotel we will stop at Corda (on a ridge south of Ponta de Sol).  Our walk rewards us with some spectacular scenery as it winds down a mountainside on cobbled donkey paths. The walk is mostly a long, steep descent, on paths with sections in disrepair, therefore very uneven in places. The walk continues on stony, gravel paths and tracks, ending in Coculi. There are great views into the ribeiras (ravines) on both sides.

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3.7 miles

  • Ascent

    850m



Espongeiro to Caibros: A walk through the highlands that you’d never know existed into a stunning descent down a spectacular ribeira. The descent is over the grade so an easier alternative is possible. Perfect views for a picnic lunch. 9 miles (14.4km), ascent 100m / descent 1100m, 5 hours.

Day 10

Santo Antao

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/1350m

Today we will walk the Cova and Ribeira de Paul trail. This is one of the most beautiful walks of the holiday with many contrasts. Starting high on the ridge, it passes an extinct crater before descending dramatically into the lush Ribeira de Paul. The descent is over the grade and the track is a cobbled path. Down in the Ribeira, the quiet road passes a series of interesting hamlets.

Day 11

Santo Antao

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We walk the Ribeira Do Paul trail, a pleasant walk in the mountains, which ascends through coffee plantations. 

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500m

Day 12

Santo Antao

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We will walk the Cruzinha Coastal trail. A picturesque coastal walk with ascents and descents through dramatic cliff terraces. This walk is part of the West Coast Trail where there are steep ascents and descents. We'll walk on old cobble stoned paths connecting the hamlets and deserted houses. We'll pass two small villages where there are usually shops to purchase snacks and drinks.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500m

Day 13

Santo Antao

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Espongeiro to Caibros, a walk through the highlands that you'd never know existed into a stunning descent down a spectacular ribeira. The descent is over the grade so an easier alternative is possible. Perfect views for a picnic lunch.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/1100m

Day 14

Sao Vicente

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we’ll return to Mindelo on Sao Vicente by ferry for our last night in the Cape Verde Islands. Depending on ferry schedules, we may have a morning walk on San Antao before we return to Mindelo on Sao Vicente or perhaps further exploration of Sao Vicente.

Day 15

In Flight

Meals

Breakfast

We will depart Sao Vicente for our flight back to London Heathrow via Lisbon.

From (GBP)£2,699

Departure dates for your selected tour

24th Oct 2020 - 7th Nov 2020 (14 Nights)

19th Dec 2020 - 2nd Jan 2021 (14 Nights)

23rd Jan 2021 - 6th Feb 2021 (14 Nights)

27th Feb 2021 - 13th Mar 2021 (14 Nights)

6th Nov 2021 - 20th Nov 2021 (14 Nights)

19th Dec 2021 - 2nd Jan 2022 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Praia return São Vicente to Heathrow via Lisbon both ways (TAP Portugal)
  • Inter island flight and ferries
  • Arrival transfer by road c.45mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Accommodation in Cidade Velha on Santiago

The four star Hotel Vulcão is located close to the coast and within short walking distance to Cidade Velha. There is an outdoor swimming pool and small spa area offering relaxing massages and treatments using the most natural ingredients in relaxing surroundings. There is a fitness centre, a garden and a restaurant. The hotel also offers access to a swimming bay (salt water) which is ideal for snorkelling.

Rooms are equipped with an air conditioning unit, a stocked mini-bar, flat screen TV, telephone, a hairdryer, and WIFI access is free for one hour per day.

The hotel has a restaurant which is open to the locals. We will enjoy buffet breakfasts and delicious meals here.

Accommodation Sao Domingos on Santiago

Quinta da Montanha enjoys a wonderful location with breathtaking surrounding scenery of mountains and verdant green landscapes. The hotel facilities include a panoramic restaurant, bar, roof terrace, and a small shop. Wifi internet is available in the restaurant and reception. 

Rooms are equipped with a shower room, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and telephone, there are no safes, but there is one available for use at reception. 

Accommodation in Mindelo on Sao Vicente

The Blue Marlin Hotel is located in the bay of the city of Mindelo, and enjoys a panoramic view over the city and is only a 6 minute walk to the beach. The hotel has a restaurant and bar area. There is also a terrace area and an outdoor swimming pool.

Rooms are equipped with air conditioning unit, TV, mini-bar, telephone and free WIFI access.

Accommodation in Ponto do Sol on Santo Antao

The Miranda & Miranda is a new three star family run hotel located in Ponta do Sol city, in the municipality of Ribeira Grande on the island of Santo Antao. Facilities include a restaurant and a bar. The hotel gets outstanding reviews for their friendly hospitality.  Rooms are equipped with a TV and safe.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a grade 6 walking holiday where we have the opportunity to fully explore the Cape Verde Islands. It is also a pioneer holiday as the itinerary and walks are more adventurous and sometimes off the beaten track. The walks show the great diversity of the islands, from small villages, cultivated terraces, dramatic coastal walks and breathtaking volcanic landscapes. Much of the walking is done on trails and paths which will require surefootedness. Walking poles are very useful for this holiday. A good head for heights is needed in places. Some of the paths we follow are rough and stony underfoot. On some days, the walks will be top of grade, particularly when the weather is hot. 

Those who might normally choose a higher grade holiday would especially appreciate this holiday. This combination of scenery, culture and general ambience of the islands make it a very rewarding trip for the adventurous pioneer traveller. We can expect to walk 5-10 miles a day, note that due to the dramatic nature of the landscape on some walks’ cumulative descent figures will be up to 1100m, ascent figures will be under 700m. Of all the locations we stay in, Rui Vaz on Santiago Island, at 800m, is the highest. The highest point that can be reached on this holiday is 1648m near Lagoa on the island of Santo Antão. This walk and altitude is dependent on the weather conditions. If the weather conditions are not suitable then we will not be able to complete this particular walk.

Walks & Excursions

Our 6 grade walking programme will give us the opportunity to fully explore the Cape Verde islands. The walks show the great diversity of the islands, from small villages, cultivated paths and volcanic craters.

Much of the walking is done on trails and paths which will require surefootedness and walking poles may prove useful. A reasonably good head for heights is needed in places. Some of the paths we follow are rough and stony underfoot. On some days, the walks will be top of grade, particularly when the weather is hot. Those who might normally choose a higher grade holiday would especially appreciate this holiday as the scenery, culture and general ambience of the islands is very rewarding for the Pioneer grade traveller.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in Cape Verde

The currency on Cape Verde is the Cape Verdean Escudo. 

The euro is sometimes acceptable as payment in hotels, restaurants and shops, in the main centres, but in more rural areas, only CVE may be accepted. The euro can be changed in banks and hotels, although you may experience long queues at banks when waiting to exchange. ATMs can be found in most towns, but may not always be available. Banks and even airport exchange facilities will not change Sterling cash or travellers’ cheques. Please note that upon leaving Cape Verde, CVEs cannot be re-converted to euros except in Portugal. Credit cards will only be accepted in larger hotels (including our hotels in Rui Vaz and Cidade Velha)

Tipping

Your leader will have some funds for tipping hotel staff and drivers. You may wish to consider allowing some cash, perhaps £2 per day, to supplement this since drivers and staff tend to be mines of information and very keen to offer assistance. As in many African countries the people rely on tips as part of their income. It must be stressed however that such tips are at your own discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

We fly from the UK to Praia, Santiago via Lisbon and return from Sao Vicente to the UK via Lisbon. 

Due to restrictions on the internal flights within Cape Verde the checked in baggage allowance is one piece at 20kg plus one piece of hand baggage. 

Your final travel documents will confirm the exact details. For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Passport Information for Cape Verde

A passport is required for travel and passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cape Verde.

From 1 January 2019, if you have a British Citizen passport you can enter Cape Verde as a visitor for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.

In place of a visa, you will be required to pay an new Airport Security Tax (TSA) of 3,400 escudos (approximately £30 / 31 euros) on arrival in Cape Verde. This does not apply to visitors who are normally resident in Cape Verde. You can pay in Euros on arrival. 

If you’re travelling on a different type of British passport or intending to stay longer than 90 days, you should check entry requirements with the nearest Cape Verde Embassy.

Meals

We will eat at the hotels and local restaurants. Local restaurants allow the opportunity to sample the local cuisine which includes Creole and Portuguese dishes. Many dishes consist of fresh fish and seafood, stews, rice and beans, and fresh fruit. Cape Verde also produces its own wine. Lunches are not included and are at your own expense. English-style breakfast tea is not always available in the hotels so you may wish to take some teabags.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Cape Verde

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More


  • Cape Verde Islands - The Bradt Travel Guide
  • Antonio’s Island: Cape Verde – Braiswick

You may also find the following websites useful in planning your holiday:

Cape Verde Web: www.capeverdeweb.com

Cape Verde:  / www.thecapeverdean.com

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Cape Verde

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Cape Verde. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid immunisations are recommended and you might also like to consider immunisations against Diphtheria and Hepatitis B.

Dengue fever and Zika virus also exist in Cape Verde; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

There is a low risk of Malaria throughout the year in Praia. There is a low to no risk of malaria in other parts of the country. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic. 

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

SOS Children’s Villages

Heart & Sole is proud to sponsor SOS Children’s Villages in Cape Verde. This charity provides help for 78,000 children in 125 countries who have been orphaned through AIDS, poverty or disasters of war. 

They provide the children with a family and a home in a purpose built village, where they are cared for by an SOS mother until they are an independent adult. By travelling with us to Cape Verde, in addition to experiencing the joy of visiting new places, you can help make a difference.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Cape Verde

  • Capital

    Praia

  • Currency

    Cape Verdean Escudo

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC -01:00

  • Flight duration

    5.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 6mm

  • February

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 6mm

  • March

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • April

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 3mm

  • May

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 5mm

  • June

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • July

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 9mm

  • August

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 38mm

  • September

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 54mm

  • October

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 33mm

  • November

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 9mm

  • December

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 7mm

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