Ponto do Ouro

Ponto do Ouro or "The Point of Gold" is so named because early Portuguese explorers became a bit muddled over early maps, and thought gold might be found here. They were wrong! The dunes are a rich black titanium, but the only gold seen here is when the long white beaches glint in the sun. Essentially this area is an extension of South Africa’s Maputaland, but far more unspoiled. The town of Ponto do Ouro, which is fringed by sea, sand, dunes and casuarina trees, offers a superb holiday destination. Surf fishing for barracuda, kingfish and bream is popular, while adventurous scuba divers can set off beyond the reefs and dive with sharks, dolphins and giant whale sharks. More gentle pursuits include whale and dolphin watching trips (you can even swim with them), viewing turtles (they lay their eggs on the beach in the summer months), swimming and long beach walks. It is a beautiful three kilometre stroll along the beach to South Africa’s border at Kosi Bay. There is no airport and visitors are advised to drive in from South Africa or Maputo. The last stretch is along a sandy road and 4x4 vehicles are essential. Just north of Ponto do Ouro is another resort area called Ponto Malongane which is a smaller resort set in thick forests offering diving and fishing facilities.


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