Travel Guide – Your Questions answered on Ponta Do Ouro

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Ponto do Ouro is a quaint little town set deep in the south of Mozambique. This town offers lovely beaches, markets, plenty of watersports, restaurants and pubs and the pleasant weather makes for the great outdoors. This ‘Point of Gold’ also afford visitors opportunities to swim with the dolphins.

Getting to Ponto do Ouro:

Ponto do Ouro can be reached from the South African border at Kosi Bay, 10km away and the most common route to use, or from Maputo, 120km north.4×4 vehicle is required to travel this sand road and most visitors rely on their accommodation representatives to fetch them at the border.

Everyone needs a passport and a visa to enter Mozambique except for South Africans and citizens of Botswana, Zambia and Swaziland. Getting there on public transport from Maputo tests your patience to say the least!  You first get a ferry to Catembe then hop on a Mozambique chapas or taxi that will take you along the sandy road to Ponto do Ouro in about 4 hours – with numerous stops to fix something broken or because you are stuck in the sand!

This trip takes time but the pecks of passing by the Maputo Elephant Reserve where camp sites are available are just worth the trouble. can take a private operator, a lot more expensive, to save you the trouble. Otherwise you can take a mountain bike along the 30km of sand, pushing for most of the way! Contact one of our consultants to help you with your travel plans and accommodation.

Various ‘need to knows’ about Ponto do Ouro:

When you get to Ponto do Ouro,book into a range of accommodation venues – from a motel, private guest houses,villas, backpackers on the beach and camp sites. The quaint little town offers restaurants, pubs and a local market selling fresh foods. There is no pharmacist, no doctor and no ATM and so you need to remember to draw cash to take with you and to pack some basic medical supplies – just in case. It is best to bring provisions from South Africa including long life milk but you can purchase bread and fresh fruit and vegetables in the village.

Weather and activities:

The weather sub-tropical, and always warm and calm with most rain falling between December and March. It can be very humid in summer, and so many travellers arrive in winter. Temperatures at sea can reach 28 degrees C in summer and 21 in winter! You can spend most of your holiday swimming and diving with the dolphins is the main highlight of Ponto do Ouro.

People come here to dive, snorkel, and watch the whales, snorkel. Horse riding on the beaches and hiking are thrilling and so is birding and exploring the wetlands inland.

Starting a Mozambique holiday in Ponto do Ouro will set the scene for a superb time further north.

When To Travel To Mozambique

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Before you book your Vilanculos holidays, make sure you do your research into the weather in Mozambique so you don’t find yourself travelling during the wet season.

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The wet weather makes an appearance during the summer, when humidity is high and temperatures are typically between 22 and 32 degrees C. At this time, you’ll find that it’s often rainy during the summer, while in winter the weather is cooler but still warm – especially for those who’ve travelled from places like the UK! – with temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees C.

Peak tourist season – and the best time to go on holiday to Mozambique – is during the dry season between June and September, so bear this in mind before you book your trip of a lifetime. If you plan to travel to the region to do a spot of diving, be aware that how much fun you have will be weather dependent. February through to August is typically really rather windy, which could have an impact on the visibility of your dive.

The best time to go diving is between May and September as there are fewer storms and less wind, although whales are often spotted between June and October.

Of course, there are other attractions in Mozambique apart from diving. The country is great for bird-watching and fishing so if you love the great outdoors, you could certainly do a lot worse than a holiday in Mozambique.

Whatever you do, make sure you do your research properly before you book your trip so there are no nasty surprises when you arrive weather-wise.

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What makes Mozambique holidays excellent for 2016/17

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The way that 2016 is going bodes well for the arrival of 2017, especially if you are planning a Mozambique holiday. For there are many factors that make Mozambique holidays an excellent option for the rest of 2016, moving into 2017. Check out these special deals and exquisite hotels and lodges for some great ideas:

Azura Sister Hotels 

Start with the two Azura resorts, one in the Bazaruto Archipelago down south and one in the Quirimbas Archipelago up north. Azura Benguerra Island Lodge beckons visitors to stay on Benguerra Island, the second largest in the Bazaruto Archipelago, to kick off their shoes and revel in real luxury.

Azura Benguerra Thrills 

For less than R30 000 you can stay for 5 nights at Azura Lodge in a beach villa and enjoy all meals including beach dinners, soft drinks and teas and coffees. Your inclusive package deal includes your flight return VIlanculos-Johannesburg, your exciting helicopter flip from Vilanculos to Benguerra Island return, a sunset cocktail daily, a 15-minute back and neck massage, Wi-Fi access in public areas and your Mozambican butler for your entire holiday.

Fantastic Beach Facilities 

Enjoy your own swimming pool, bar, TV, kitchen, en-suite bedrooms and outside shower. Walk straight onto the beach when the sun rises for a wake up swim! Boat trips to remote white islands where guests are treated to picnics under canopies complete with tables and chairs add to this extraordinarily excellent Mozambique holiday. Excellent fishing and snorkelling as well as scuba diving trips stun visitors with their revelations of game fish, dolphins, coral reefs and clear blue seas.

Azura Quilalea for Queens 

A hop and a jump away to the north lie the scattered island of the Quirimbas Archipelago and you need to experience the sister island, Azura Quilalea Private Island. Your 5-night package to this floating blue, green and white isle starts at less than R38 000 per person sharing and includes your return flights, return helicopter transfers and accommodation in a blissful Kazkazi sea facing villa.  You also get all meals including beach dinners, soft drinks and teas and coffees, as much snorkelling as you can handle, kayaking, Baobab walks, your daily sunset cocktail and your Mozambican butler. What more could you ask for?

Coral Reefs and Glorious Food

One memorable feature is the beautiful coral reef lying at the edge of the sunset villas, directly off main beach. Pure day and night snorkelling overdose, considering that the whole area around the island is protected by a marine sanctuary! Another amazing feature is the food, the glorious food. Be surprised by lovely new venues for each meal – sometimes eat dinner on the beach with candles and other times under the ancient Baobab trees. Feel like you have the island to yourself.

Dhow Safaris 

There are other things worth mentioning that make your Mozambique holidays excellent in the future, 2016 to 2017. Choose an adventure by dhow and luxury yacht and go island hopping for days in the Quirimbas, leaving land behind for a while. Starting and ending at Ibo Island Lodge, the only island hotel to offer tailor made Mozambique Dhow Safaris into the Quirimbas Archipelago.

Itineraries for Adventure

Go for the standard recommended minimum itinerary of four nights island hopping by dhow or kayak and three nights at Ibo Island Lodge – but you are free to tailor make your perfect adventure! It is all about snorkelling off deserted white sandbanks into clear blue seas then camping overnight on secluded Quirimbas beaches eating fresh seafood on the fire. You may come across indigenous fishermen drying their sardines on the sands. You may come across whales frolicking in the lake-like ocean and you may come across turtles digging out a sandy nest.

Maputo Hotel Luxuries 

For something more vibrant and with a sprinkling of night life thrown in, stay in Maputo for a few nights. This thriving capital city of Mozambique is a unique blend of the old and the new, Portuguese and Arab influences whisked with a bit of European chic and African spices. Most of the accommodation in Maputo is good quality – be it simple or fancy – for business and leisure travellers. The world class Polana Serena Hotel offers more for your money. On a similar level, try the Rovuma, the VIP Grand, Cardoso and Tivoli. These stunning high rise hotels offer the best of the best in accommodation in Maputo.

 

Where to go for Fine Dining Mozambique

Blue Footprints Eco Lodge Breakfast view

Blue Footprints Eco Lodge wins hands down when it comes to environmental ethics and endeavour. There are very few places where you can disown the guilt about your carbon footprint and relax in style, knowing you have chosen well. For this unique beach hotel uses solar energy for lighting and hot water and there is no air-conditioning as the sea breezes do the job just as well.

Home-grown Ingredients 

Everyone remembers and raves about the food at Blue Footprints – it is so delicious and so wholesome and now you will understand why: all fresh produce comes from local growers which supports local entrepreneurs and decreases the need to drive anywhere looking for food and wasting energy.

Fresh fish direct from the ocean at Tofo and Barra ensure succulent seafood meals marinated in originality. And you know that no endangered or vulnerable species are caught for food at Blue Footprints because they care about the conservation of the ocean.

Unforgettable Diving 

This is revealed in the quality of the scuba diving here in Inhambane –  view the rich marine wildlife in all its glory when you dive down into unique dive sites. Manta rays and sharks cruise these waters and are the subjects of varying research projects in the area. The lodge borrows the expertise of other dive centres nearby to treat their guests to dives of a lifetime.

Designer Menus 

So tuck into meals that start with genuine grilled prawns marinated in lime and chilli and end with scrumptious homemade chocolate mousse. The talented chef carefully chooses his ingredients and designs his menu to surprise every guest and to show them the exotic flavours of this region. Dine slowly, remembering the subtle flavours and the care that went into the creation of such glorious cuisine.

Fine Dining in an Eco Setting 

Yes, it brings people back for more, again and again. They come to indulge in their favourite Mozambique flavours and to sip cold local beers while planning another dive tomorrow. Look out for majestic Humpback whales in the area from June to October. Choose Blue Footprints for its beautiful outlook, its great value for money, its fine food, its green conscience and its unique location that is more private and exclusive than other venues in the Inhambane-Tofo area.

Surf the Tofo/Barra Waves 

Surfers flock to Tofo Barra beaches  to catch waves and chat to new friends in local pubs up and down the coast. Blue Footprints sits on its own private bit of beach, allowing for more space and tranquillity than many other beaches in this part of Mozambique. Make the most of the bar, restaurant, lounge and swimming pool as you relax in sun and surf. Sit on expansive decks as you tantalise your taste buds.

Cool Villas, Hot Rates 

Stay in only 5 luxury villas  designed for maximum privacy and access to the quiet beach. Breath-taking views make your day and the clever blend of rustic chic décor ensures you have a relaxed hotel in style. Pay only R1150 per person per night in a villa out of season, including breakfast, dinner, teas and coffees.

Book your culinary diving experience with our consultants now.