Ponta Mamoli, Mozambique
Ponta Mamoli is very popular amongst South Africans during the Holiday Seasons because is located so close to South Africa - on the Kozi Bay border, which is only a 5 hour drive from Durban.
a 4x4 vehicle is required to get to Ponta Mamoli from Kozi Bay Border, BUT there is safe parking (at a daily fee) at the border for normal sedan vehicles. Transfers from the Border to Mamoli is also offered.
Accessable only by 4x4's ...These are very popular destinations for South Africans as the drive is not that long, very comfortable (mainly South African roads - no potholes) and has some excellent variety of diving reefs to choose from.
Keep in mind that Ponta do Ouro is the only village (close-by) that has petrol & Diesel. So if you are running out of feul, then you know where to go! If you are going to Ponta Mamoli, then make sure you stop off at Massinga for supplies ... as Ponta Mamoli does not have a small shop for basic supplies. There are NO ATMS in either of these towns ... so make sure you have drawn the money you need BEFORE you get to either of these destination. Rands (ZAR) currency is accepted!
If you are a diving or fishing enthusiast ... then this is a perfect destination to spend your holiday. Go spend some time exporing the corals and depths of warm Indian Ocean and witness zambezi sharks, hammerheads, potatoe bass and the many beautiful coral fish that inhabit the reefs. Boasting a wide variety of reefs (including a many shallow reefs) ... you cannot be more spoilt!
Even if you are not below the waters ... dolphins, Whale Sharks and turtles can be spotted. In fact ... during the times between November and March, Leather-Back and Loggerhead turles often visit the beaches to nest their eggs - a very interesting site!
Bird enthusiasts would like to know that the southern parts of Mozambique are home to a wide variety of bird species, including the Fish Eagle. Why not take a scenic drive up towards Lake Piti, a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the days sunset. you can also spot some small game on the way up, such as: Inyala, Red Duiker, Reedbuck and Suni and as well as Crocodiles and Hippos!
You are either in the mood to do some serious deepseas angling or a bit of flyfishing, then don't hold back! Go and book yourself in on a well equipped fishing charter for the day and catch something delicious for the braai later that evening!
Horse riding is another activity to enjoy and all levels of riders are supported. Quad bikes can also be hired and Kite Surfing is becoming more and more popular at these destinations.
With miles of beaches and no one to be seen, Ponta Mamoli / Ponta do Ouro / Ponta Malongane offers some stunning un-spoilt beaches for you to explore ... even if you are only there, for the simple pleasures of relaxing on the beach, soaking up the sun!
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