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A very popular holiday destination only a 5 / 6 hours drive from Durban or Johannesburg. Welcome to Ponta do Ouro (also Ponta Mamoli & Ponta Malongane - all within 17kms of each other) located just outside the Kosi Bay / Ponta do Ouro border post of South Africa. The trio is a haven for diving enthusiasts (more than 15 top dive sites) and other water activities such as deep sea fishing. Enjoy a great selection of restaurants to dine at as well as a vibrant nightlife under Mozambique's moonlight!
A 4x4 vehicle is required to negotiate the very tricky sand roads to Ponta do Ouro from the Kosi Bay Border, however there is secure parking (Skelm's Parking - at a daily fee) at the border for normal sedan vehicles where 4x4 transfer services from the border to Ponta do Ouro is offered.
We highly recommend you fill up with fuel in Manguzi, South Africa (en-route to the border) especially for those travelling in a 4x4 because the fuel station at Ponta do Ouro can run 'dry' during the busy holiday season. Manguzi is also a good stopover for basic supplies. There is a Boxer wholesaler, Spar, chemist, a few hardware shops and FNB / Absa atms where you can draw money (ZAR rands are accepted in Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane & Ponta Mamoli).
If you are a diving enthusiast, then this is a perfect destination to spend your next holiday. Explore more than 15 top dive sites between Ponta do Ouro and Ponta Mamoli - a diving region in Mozambique that boasts a high success rate in sightings. Witness zambezi sharks, hammerheads, potatoe bass and the many beautiful coral fish that inhabit the reefs. Each reef ranges in depth from 10 meters down to 48 meters which caters for both beginner and advanced divers.
Even if you are not below the waters - dolphins, whales and turtles can be spotted. Between November and March, Leather-Back and Loggerhead turtles often visit the beaches to nest their eggs - a fascinating site, however we strongly urge onlookers to kindly respect nature and not interfere by keeping a decent distance from these beautiful creatures.
Bird enthusiasts will be happy to know that the southern parts of Mozambique is home to a wide variety of bird species, including the magnificent Fish Eagle. Take a leisurely drive up towards Lake Piti and enjoy lake scenes and prolific birdlife - a perfect spot to relax and soak in the late afternoon sunset. On the way up, you may also spot other wildlife such as Inyala, Red Duiker, Reedbuck, Suni, crocodiles and hippos.
Deep sea fishing is another popular activity to do in Ponta do Ouro. Deep and shallow reefs nearby attract large schools of big game fish which ultimately rewards deep sea fishing enthusiasts with tons of action. So look out for accommodation and services offering fishing charters and catch something delicious for the braai later that evening!
When the sun goes down, Ponta do Ouro's vibrant atmosphere doesn't stop just there. Family and friends take their social gathering out into town where they can share their days activities with laughter and music whilst indulging in delicious local cuisine and drinks. Partygoers can let their hair down, enjoy dancing and Mozambique's famous Tipo Tinto Rum & Rasberry (R&R) which goes on till late in the night.
With miles and miles of stunning beaches - Ponta do Ouro, Ponta Malongane and Ponta Mamoli truly offers something for everyone even if you are only there for the simple pleasures of relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun!
Explore more than 15 top dive sites between Ponta do Ouro and Ponta Mamoli - a diving region in Mozambique that boasts a high success rate in sightings. Witness zambezi sharks, hammerheads, potatoe bass and the many beautiful coral fish that inhabit the reefs. Each reef ranges in depth, from 10 meters down to 48 meters which caters for both beginner and advanced divers...
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