Ponta d'Ouro



Ponta d'Ouro is a popular destination for divers and surfers, just south of Maputo along a sandy road. 'Surf's up' in Ponta d'Ouro, which is home to some of the most perfect waves in Africa, and swimming with dolphins is not to be missed, either - it can be a deeply rewarding, even life-changing experience. The white beaches stretch far into the distance, luring walkers, and the rock pools are full of colourful shells and corals. Ponta is also a very popular scuba diving destination, offering spectacular dive sites and a wealth of exciting sea creatures to encounter underwater. Accommodation ranges from the rustic to the luxurious, with lovely campsites right on the beach.

There are shebeen (local pub) tours, which entail exploring the rustic drinking-houses along a stretch of rough road. Tipo Tinto Rum is a locally produced and tastes slightly of vanilla: it goes well with pineapple or raspberry juice, which is available from the local market. The locals sell carvings in all shapes and sizes, mostly in hard wood. Although the shells on offer are beautiful, they might well have been stolen off a reef and should therefore be avoided.

Ponta d'Ouro is easily accessible from South Africa, making it a wonderful addition to any tourist tour of southern Africa.

Address: 75 miles (120km) south of Maputo