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Tourism pays for Conservation

Belo Monte is part of Africa’s Eden, a sustainable tourism organisation operating under the concept of ‘tourism pays for conservation’. Africa’s Eden aims to give travellers the opportunity to experience pristine nature in unique, unexplored destinations and invests the profits generated through tourism in conservation projects in the area.

Africa’s Eden works in a local context to achieve sustainable protection of unique nature and facilitates employment and education opportunities.

The founders of Africa’s Eden, Dutch serial entrepreneur in renewable energy, Rombout Swanborn and Ella Swanborn-van Hagen are passionate nature conservationists who successfully introduced the concept of tourism pays for conservation in Loango National Park in Gabon. In 2007 they moved on to São Tomé and Príncipe where they operated Omali Lodge and Hotel Bom Bom according to the same concept. In 2011 they started a new project at former coffee and cacao plantation Belo Monte. The old buildings were renovated to former glory and the interior design aligned with the spirit of the age of the original buildings. Belo Monte Plantation Hotel officially opened on 29th April 2014. One of the buildings at the courtyard houses a museum that was opened on 29th November 2019, where inhabitants and visitors of São Tomé and Príncipe are welcome to visit and learn all about the unique culture and nature of the islands.