Ponta, a little gem in Mozambique
Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique
It is known for it beach, dolphins and offshore diving and its beautiful friendly locals.
Ponta do Ouro is a town in the extreme south of Mozambique, lying on the Mozambique Channel south of Maputo and just north of the border with South Africa. It is known for its beach, for its dolphins and for its offshore diving and deep-sea fishing. From other points in Mozambique, Ponta do Ouro can only be reached by a 4x4 vehicle as the roads are not tarred and are very sand, making it difficult to get around in a normal vehicle. During our trip in December a new main was being built.
Where to stay?
My family and I stayed at the Gamboozini lodge. Gamboozini had what we needed, unpretentious and beautiful surroundings, with the most friendliest staff who prepared divine and fresh meals including fresh prawns daily. I literally ate prawns everyday during our stay. We also spent our three days at the beach everyday, the weather was on our side about 30 degrees. If you need to find out more about Gamboozini lodge, let me know. I know the owner.
What to wear?
My survival outfit: Bathing suit or bikini, straw hat you are going to need it, trust me, a pair of cool sunglasses, a kanga or a men´s shirt for covering up but still look chic, a pair of short and of course flip- flops. I had brought my leather slip-ons and they proved to be useless due to the amount of sand. I could not walk barefoot either because the sand was boiling hot. So, I ended up purchasing flip-flops for a mere 50 DKK.
Ponta, a little gem
Mozambique is beautiful, so is it´s people.
Things to do in Ponta Do Ouro.
- Eat prawns, lots of them but let someone local buy them for you in that way you can get them fresh.
- The beach is must if the weather permits, lounge, eat, swim and just lounge again and observe people, beach life and the culture.
- Go for a dive if you can dive. My husband recommends it.
- Go for Dolphin viewing. One of the best experiences ever for the whole family., I did not dive but saw the dolphins. My goal for our next trip is to dive with the dolphins. We are planning to go back in two years, the whole family loved it.
- Buy a kanga, a straw bag or straw hat.
- Be nice to the locals, learn a few phrases in Shangaan, Zulu or Portuguese.