Humpback Whale skeleton reconstruction project

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. It is a rorqual (a member of the family Balaenopteridae) and is the only species in the genus Megaptera. The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and tubercles on its head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors, making it popular with whale watchers. Adults range in length from 14–17 m (46–56 ft) and weigh up to 40 metric tons (44 short tons). Males produce a complex song typically lasting 4 to 30 minutes.

Humpback whales migrate more than 25,000 kilometers each year from feeding grounds to breeding grounds, and usually swim at a speed of 27.7 km/h.

They only feed in the summer in polar waters and migrate to the tropics and subtropics to mate and have their young, they are present in the waters of São Tomé and Príncipe between the months of July and October.

This juvenile specimen, with a size of about 9 meters, was found dead on the coast near Neves, in July 2021, and was recovered by mucumbli’s team to reconstruct its skeleton. The causes of his death are unknown.

“The Hemisphere Crossing” 4th

GlobalLimits, in partnership with Mucumbli Explore, organizes another international Ultramarathon – “The Hemisphere Crossing”

The event is already going on in the 4th Edition – a challenge of 6 days and 200 km from north to south of the island of São Tomé, and this in particular was marked by the total dominance of national athletes on the podium.

Unlike the previous three editions, São Tomé and Príncipe get for the first time, three athletes on the podium of Ultramatona – The the Hemisphere Crossing in the men’s category. Just to remember that participate in the event athletes from several countries, in this edition were in total 23 athletes, including 5 national athletes (four boys and one girl).

Race results:

Next year the race will be back.

Get details for next race through:

“Roças de São Tomé” Marathon Bike

The first edition of the Roças de São Tomé “Marathon Bike” took place successfully. Mucumbli Explore would like to thank all those who contributed to the realization of this event. The athletes, the organizing team, the guides association, the partners and others, thank you very much for your participation. To athletes, cycling lovers in general and sports lovers, we are going to prepare for the next edition, with the promise of new routes, new adventures and greater adrenaline. So stay tuned for more information.

Sao Tome’s Roças “Marathon Bike”

For lovers of pedaling and not only, registration is now open.

First edition of “Roças de São Tomé Marathon bike”, an event organized by Mucumbli Explore, in partnership with the São Tomé Cycling Federation and Bike Solutions and with the institutional support of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship. The route between the Roças de São Tomé also aims to send an alarm signal about the state of extreme degradation of the Roças, a valuable architectural, historical and cultural heritage, which is being completely lost.

4 categories:

  • Junior (up to 18),
  • Master A from 19 to 39,
  • Master B from 40 to 60 and
  • veterans over 60 years.

Route in stages accessible to all, 10.5 km, 19 km, 28 km and 45 km.

“The Hemisphere Crossing” 3rd

Last February, São Tomé hosted another edition of the "Hemisphere Crossing", the international ultramarathon organized by Global Limits in partnership with Mucumbli Explore.
33 athletes from 15 different nationalities participated (including 4 national athletes), with local athletes dominating the podium. Special as always, the wind has unique camps, challenging trails (between forest, sea and local communities) and a specialized team.
Now prepare to participate in the 4th edition in 2023.

News trails for the lover of Sustainable Tourism

For the lover of The Sustainable Tourism we have a news for you, it’s the Sustainable Tourism itineraries. Sustainable Tourism itineraries were created to provide and facilitate accessible tourism for everyone. They all consist of themed tours taking you to various and different parts of the island. Part of the profits deriving from each tour is used and re-invested to implement community schemes. The project was funded by the European Union and managed by the NGO Alisei, in partnership with AST, PTRS, DGTH and other co-operators.

By now there are:

  • Organic Cocoa Trail;
  • Homem da Capa (Coat man) Trail;
  • Organic Coffee  Trail;
  • Spices Trail, and
  • Biodiversity Trails.

Na rota do Café - São José