The storm had completely stopped by the time we reached the bottom of the mountain. We parked our car on the main road and walked up the almost perfectly formed spiral road to the top. We were able to take in all the surrounding views at least four times; twice on the way up and twice on the way down.
The genus Malvaviscus penduliflorus consists of flowering plants belonging to the mallow family, Malvaceae. These species are commonly known as Turk’s cap mallow, wax mallow, sleeping hibiscus and mazapan.Overgrown road goes all the way to the top
Well, the road is passable with a high-clearance car, but there are some large fallen trees along the way. Some from the morning storm. One fell after we left. Anyway, it was nice to walk in the fresh air after the rain.
Typical São Tomé inscription “1916” on trig pillarHuge, typical Portuguese trig pillar on the summit, with a smaller one nearby (left) Communication mast (right)“1955” inscribed on large trig pillarRob at the top and on the way down
At the top we found huge Portuguese style trig pillar and communication masts. Not a great view because of the clouds, but on a sunny day the sea and some smaller peaks would make the landscape more interesting.
Exposure of tree roots (left) Breadfruit tree (right)The name of the mountain Muquinqui was again carved in stone along the path
It’s almost midday and we still have time for one more summit today. About ten kilometres to the south-east, near the Voice of America radio station, is the last summit of the trip – Sameiro.
270 m altitude
125 m prominence
West Africa Mountains - Bight of Benin
São Tomé and Príncipe - São Tomé Province
3.10 km up
3.10 km down
121 m gain
121 m loss
149 m altitude
Leave the car on the main road and walk along the overgrown forest road to the top. Return the same way.