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Ponta d'Ouro

Ponta d'Ouro is a popular destination for divers and surfers, just south of Maputo along a sandy road. 'Surf's up' in Ponta d'Ouro, which is home to some of the most perfect waves in the world, and swimming with dolphins is not to be missed, either - it can be a deeply rewarding, even life-changing experience.

There are shebeen(local pub) tours, which entail exploring the rustic drinking-houses along a stretch of rough road. Tipo Tinto Rum is a locally produced and tastes slightly of vanilla: it goes well with pineapple or raspberry juice, which is available from the local market. The locals sell carvings in all shapes and sizes, mostly in hard wood. Although the shells on offer are beautiful, they might have been probably stolen off a reef and should therefore be avoided.

Ponta d'Ouro is easily accessible from South Africa, making it a wonderful addition to any tourist tour of southern Africa.

Information & Facts

Address

75 miles (120km) south of Maputo

Language

Portuguese is the official language, and there are 13 main national languages spoken. English is taught in secondary schools, but is only spoken in the southern tourist regions.

Money

The official currency is the New Metical (MZN), which is divided into 100 centavos. In the southern parts of the country, South African Rand, US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are also accepted to pay for accommodation. Credit cards are accepted in some upmarket hotels in Maputo, but facilities throughout the rest of the country are limited; it is advisable to carry cash or travellers cheques. ATMs are limited and tend to be unreliable, but local banks have branches in most cities.

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