Ponta do Ouro

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A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique


Ponta do Ouro is located in the Maputo region of southern Mozambique only ten kms from the South African border.  This quaint little town is a tourist hub throughout the year as South Africans and tourists from afar flock here for the fantastic white sandy beach, spunky dolphins, vibrant corals and generally the great holiday vibe.  Rated as one of the top ten attractions in Africa and fondly known as Ponta, the town is a must-see when visiting Mozambique.

Ponta do Ouro meaning "Point of Gold" from early Portuguese explorers that were misled into thinking gold may be found here.  What they found instead were dunes rich in black titanium!  Surrounded by sea and sand, Ponta is a very traditional town with open-air markets, many little shops and enthusiastic curio sellers.

If there is anything that Ponta do Ouro is famous for it is scuba diving.  There are some spectacular reefs in the area with colourful and unique corals, while the marine animals provide endless entertainment.  Manta rays, humpback whales and even whale/reef sharks frequent the surrounding waters providing great photo-opportunities.  Surf fishing for barracuda, kingfish and bream proves to be a success, with deep sea anglers nabbing marlin and tuna amongst others.  Loggerhead and leatherback turtles lay their eggs in the sand during the summer months.

Ponta offers a good range of holiday accommodation options.  There are some modern resorts along the beachfront whilst others date pre-war, but are still functional and comfortable. Guest houses and self-catering homes are readily available but tourists are recommended to bring their own bottled drinking water.  There is also a wildlife estate offering excellent accommodation.  

Ponta do Ouro is filled with entertainment and things to do for the whole family, of which some of the attractions and activities are as follows:

  • Diving 
  • 4x4'ing - drive through the dense dune forest (soft sand track)
  • Beach
  • Dolphin and whale watching
  • Deep sea fishing - use own boat or go out on a fishing charter
  • Quad bike trails
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking 
  • Events in Ponta do Ouro

If you are looking for more things to do in Ponta do Ouro, then be sure to visit our activities page

Shopping is limited in Ponta, however the basic supplies of food items can be purchased at the local markets.  The restaurants and bars are fun and vibrant serving up delicious local fare.

For a full list of business please view the directory.


Top 10 adventure activities for families in Ponta do Ouro

  • Snorkeling and Diving: Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Ponta do Ouro and discover a kaleidoscope of marine life. Whether snorkeling or diving, families can explore vibrant coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, turtles, and even dolphins. Ponta do Ouro's rich underwater world is a playground for adventurers of all skill levels.


  • Dolphin Watching: Embark on a memorable dolphin-watching excursion and witness these majestic creatures frolicking in their natural habitat. Ponta do Ouro's proximity to dolphin hotspots ensures an unforgettable experience for the whole family.


  • Quad Biking: Embark on an exhilarating quad biking adventure through Ponta do Ouro's rugged terrain. Traverse sandy trails, forested pathways, and coastal tracks while soaking in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Quad biking offers an adrenaline-fueled experience that is sure to delight thrill-seekers of all ages.


  • Ocean Safaris: Set sail on an ocean safari and explore Ponta do Ouro's coastline from a unique perspective. Marvel at secluded beaches, hidden coves, and towering cliffs as you cruise along the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean. Keep an eye out for marine wildlife, including whales, sharks, and rays, for an unforgettable family adventure.


  • Horseback Riding: Discover the beauty of Ponta do Ouro on horseback and meander along sandy shores and lush coastal trails. Horseback riding offers families a serene and scenic way to explore the area while bonding with these majestic animals.


  • Sandboarding: Experience the thrill of sandboarding down towering dunes in Ponta do Ouro's vast sandbanks. With expert guidance and equipment provided, families can enjoy an adrenaline-pumping adventure amid the stunning coastal scenery.


  • Fishing: Cast a line and try your luck at fishing in Ponta do Ouro's bountiful waters. Whether from the shore, a boat, or a fishing charter, families can reel in a variety of game fish, including kingfish, barracuda, and snapper, for a memorable angling experience.


  • Cultural Tours: Immerse yourselves in Ponta do Ouro's vibrant culture with guided tours of local villages and markets. Learn about Mozambique's rich heritage, traditions, and customs while engaging with friendly locals and sampling delicious cuisine.


  • Nature Walks: Embark on leisurely nature walks through Ponta do Ouro's lush forests and coastal reserves. Discover native flora and fauna, spot exotic bird species, and soak in the natural beauty of this tropical paradise.


  • Sunset Cruises: Wind down your day with a scenic sunset cruise along Ponta do Ouro's tranquil waters. Relax onboard a boat and toast to the day's adventures as you watch the sun dip below the horizon, painting the sky in a palette of vivid hues.


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