PONTA DO OURO
'The tip of gold', which Ponta do Ouro translates to, is located at the very southern tip of Mozambique, at the border with South Africa's. It is therefor a great spot for a safari and beach, or safari and diving combination and probably more suitable for the latter, because accommodation around here is mainly simple and often self-catering. There is only one luxury lodge in the neighbouring town of Ponta Mamoli we work with, called White Pearl. It is the perfect getaway for someone who wants luxury completely off the beaten track.
How to get there
Ponta do Ouro is best accessed by road from South Africa. Richard's Bay and Durban being the nearest airports, 3 and five hours away. Access from Maputo is currently being completed. However, coming in via South Africa will remain the best option to get to Ponta do Ouro, as it is mainly booked in conjunction with a safari or dive holiday in South Africa's Kwazulu Natal region.
Ponta Do Ouro is known for its dolphins, seasonal humpback whale sightings, for its offshore diving and deep-sea fishing and some places also offer horse riding on the beach. The main activity is definitely diving though with a lot of big groupers, patches of colourful coral reefs and also some interesting macro marine life. You will find a lot information about the diving in Ponta do Ouro under 'Diving & Snorkelling'.
where to stay...
From our visits to Ponta do Ouro, we have first-hand knowledge of the few places to stay and below you can find the ones we most commonly use. The 2 listed guest houses are most suitable for our diving clients. Open, close, then open each tab again to display the images fully.
baia do ouro guest house
Coco Rico can definitely claim to be the most popular resort in Ponta do Ouro with its luxurious log cabins and unbeatable prices. This ultimate home away from home includes the Shipwreck Restaurant with delicious seafood and rib specialities. The resort consists of 20 units - both double and single storey log cabins – which are all fully equipped, including air-conditioning and DSTV. There is also a communal swimming pool, restaurant, gym and games room available on the premises. Stainless steel braais are proved in each unit and units are serviced daily. Please bring your own beach towels, as well as charcoal should you wish to braai. Coco Rico is situated within walking distance +- 50m) from the beach, as well as the town square, petrol station and other local restaurants. Located within a secure environment, there is a gate guard on duty 24 hours a day. Ample paved space is available for parking of vehicles, boats and quad bikes.