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Ponta d'Ouro

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'Surf's up' in Ponta d'Ouro, located along a sandy road just south of Maputo, which is home to some of the most perfect waves in Africa. Offering spectacular dive sites and a wealth of exciting sea creatures to encounter underwater, Ponta d'Ouro is a popular destination for divers as well as surfers, and swimming with dolphins is not to be missed, either - it can be a deeply rewarding, even life-changing experience. Stroll along white beaches stretching far into the distance, and explore the rock pools full of colourful shells and corals.

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. Shebeen (local pub) tours allow visitors to explore the rustic drinking-houses along a stretch of rough road. Enjoy some locally produced Tipo Tinto Rum, which tastes slightly of vanilla and goes well with pineapple or raspberry juice, available at the local market.

Accommodation ranges from the rustic to the luxurious, with lovely campsites right on the beach. 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