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In The Area: Ponta do Ouro

Ponta do Ouro (meaning “Point of Gold”) is a town in the extreme south of Mozambique, lying on the Mozambique Channel south of Maputo and just north of the border with South Africa. It is known for its beach, for its dolphins and for its offshore diving and deep-sea fishing.

Only 2.5 hours from Shayamoya, stop over at Shayamoya en route to Ponta.  Here are 3 venues we can suggest however if you visit http://www.madbookings.com you will find many more options to choose from. There are lots of restaurants in the town, market or on the beach to choose from.

1) Motel Do Mar Beach Resort: www.pontadoouro.co.za

Our serviced cabanas are perfectly located a few steps from the beach. They sleep up to 4 people and have bedding, crockery and cutlery for 4 people. The back area of the cabana has 2 single beds, front living area has a bunk bed and there is a high dividing wall in between the two open areas – not two private bedrooms. Each cabana has an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette (sink, 2 plate gas stove) with a small fridge (freezer compartment) and parking for your vehicle. All cabanas have ceiling fans – no aircon. Rates include breakfast.

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•    The restaurant patio, where the view is spectacular! Restaurant is fully licensed.

•    The Beach Bar overlooking the Indian Ocean.

•    Braai facilities available.

 

Rates: Bed and Breakfast included, from R1000 to R1600 per unit (4 sleeper)

2) Coco Rico Resort in Ponta Do Ouro Mozambique: www.cocorico.co.mz

Nestled against the backdrop of the ocean, within the town of Ponta Do Ouro, known for its pristine beaches and warm water, Coco Rico Resort is the perfect venue for that much needed getaway. Centrally located, the Resort is within walking distance from Ponta Do Ouro’s shops, restaurants, a market, bank, petrol station and bars, including the ever-popular Fernando’s local pub, and a magnificent stretch of beach, offering a multitude of water based activities, including scuba diving, fishing, sun downer cruises and dolphin interactions.

16 Duplexes offering 3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms or

4 Simplexes offering 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms

Rates: from 2000 to R3800 depending on the season (1 – 8 sleeper)

Self catering

3) About Mar e Sol and Ponta do Ouro: www.maresol.co.za

Mar e Sol is sheltered in a dune forest just above the bay, the houses at Mar e Sol put you right in amongst the life of Ponta do Ouro, while at the same time providing you with tranquil surroundings, and a relaxing atmosphere.

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With its view of the bay, and such beautiful surroundings, you won’t want to leave your deck, but if you really want to experience Ponta do Ouro, then a short walk to beach is all you need to get to the heart of it. Not far away lies a market, restaurants, shops and a few diving camps.

Swimming, surfing, diving, fishing and all sorts of other activities are available in the bay area that are sure to provide you with enough excitement to keep you busy for quite a while. If you want a more relaxing holiday, then walks on the beach, or up to the lighthouse, will give you a chance of seeing turtles laying eggs (October to December), or some of Ponta’s dolphins surfing in the waves.

The house (Number 13 & 14) sleeps 10 with two bathrooms and four bedrooms, each with air-conditioning and overhead fans. Two of the rooms have direct access to the deck, one of which has an en-suite bathroom. Extras include a dishwasher (number 13 only) and a side by side fridge/freezer with a built in water filter and ice maker. DSTV is available and included in your rental, but you might want to bring a few DVDs to play in case the weather gets bad. The house is serviced twice daily, just make sure to arrange the cleaning times with reception when you arrive.

Rates: from R340 p/p to R500 depending on seasons, with min 4 pax, max. 10 pax

Important

Things you need to know when going to Ponta do Ouro. Please take note of the following it’s going to make your experience much easier.

Border Process

1) You need a valid passport.

2) You must have your passport stamped twice, once leaving SA and once entering into Mozambique.

3) If you have an SA passport there is no visa and no charge.

4) If you have any other passport your will need a visa which you can get at the border, the cost is approximately R750.00 but will vary depending on the exchange rate.

5) Check the stamps are correct in all your passports before leaving the border. If this is not done correctly you will get a fine when you try to leave again.

6) You will need a 4 x 4 or 2 x 4 with diff to get to Ponta d Ouro

7) You must bring a copy of your car registration papers with you.

8) It is advised that you bring a letter from you insurance company permitting you to cross the border with your car.

9) If you are towing anything you must have a yellow and blue triangle sticker on your car and your trailer.

10) Once you have had your passport stamped you must proceed to the customs office on the left to complete a temporary import permit for your car (there is no cost). If this is not done you will get a fine when you try to leave Mozambique again.

11) Once this is done you need to get 3rd party insurance which is R150.00 per car and R80.00 per trailer.

12) If you intend staying longer than 30 day please note all of the above is only valid for 30 days so you will need to go out the border and cross back in again to re do all of these processes.

13) If you are bringing groceries in, is usually not a problem, however there are import regulations and duties may be charged. You are allowed $50.00 per passport holder of duty free groceries. We advise that you bring your receipts for your groceries with you just in case they do ask because if you don’t have receipts they will make up their own value and you could be over charged. However don’t offer them your receipts unless they ask for them. Try not to offer receipts of more than you duty free allowance even if you have brought more than you allowance with you. They will not check item for item.

14) If you are bringing alcohol don’t bring excessive amounts and pack it in such a way that it’s hidden as the duties on alcohol are 115%

15) Duty free allowance

• Tobacco products: 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars

• Alcohol: 1 litre spirits or 2,5litre wine (3 standard bottles)

• Perfume: 50ml perfume or 250ml Eau de Toilette

• Pharmaceuticals: A ‘reasonable amount’ for personal use

No beer is allowed to be imported into Mozambique. The local beer is excellent and the famous 2M (Dois M), Laurentina and Manhica brands are readily available. Other imported brands such as Castle, Amstel, Windhoek, Millers, Heineken and Peroni can be obtained at the market.

Road Rules

It is easy to forget road rules apply because there are no proper roads. In peak seasons these rules are in forced more strictly than other times of the year.

1) You must carry your valid driver’s licence, car import papers and 3rd part insurance papers in the car at all times.

2) Drive with your seat belt on.

3) Don’t drink and drive or drink while you are driving.

4) Don’t sit on the bakkies tailgate or stand on the runner borders.

5) You May not drive on the beach, you will get a 20 000 MT fine. Only launch vehicles are allowed on the beach and only in the launch site area.

6) Quad bikes are not allowed to be driven at night after 10pm.

7) If you are not sure what rules apply and good gage is to apply any road rules you would use if you were driving in SA.

Launching procedures

You can get the costs and paperwork from the maritime office in Ponta d Ouro.

1) You must have a valid skippers licence.

2) You must get a launch licence for any motorised boat or Jet Ski.

3) You must get a fishing licence for any kind of off shore fishing.

General Information.

1) There is a bank in Ponta d Ouro, the ATM dispenses Metical’s and only takes Visa cards.

2) A lot of the restaurants and some of the shops take credit cards but again most only take visa cards. Restaurant prices are similar to eating out in any holiday destination.

3) There is a pharmacy in the village.

4) Most food stuff can be bought in the market or at the petrol station shop. Prices are higher than in SA.