ABOUT PONTA DO ORO
Ponta do Ouro (also Ponta d’Ouro in English meaning “tip of gold”, in reference to an existing cape at the southern part of the beach) 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. From other points in Mozambique, Ponta do Ouro can now be reached by car as a new tar road from the border to Ponta was completed in 2018. Certain parts of Ponta and surrounding areas can however only be accessed with a 4×4 vehicle as there are no tarred roads.
The currency is the Metical, but the South African Rand and the US Dollar are also accepted. Shopping is very limited in Ponta. There is a petrol station, bank, pharmacy, hardware stores, bottle stores and other small shops in town. Fresh bread can be purchased at the local market. Basic food items like vegetables, fruits can be purchased at this market. No luxurious items are available anywhere in Ponta do Ouro. Holiday accommodation is readily available. There many holiday resorts in Ponta on the beachfront and surrounding areas which are very popular with tourists due to reasonable pricing and excellent location on the beachfront. It is commonly referred to as ‘Ponta’ by visiting South Africans.
Ponta do Ouro is about 15 km away from the South African border and about 130 km South of Maputo. There is a supsension bridge from Maputo to Katembe (Ponte de Maputo a Katembe). The bridge connects the Mozambican capital Maputo on the northern bank with Katembe on the southern bank. Construction work began in 2014 and was completed in 2018.
In many ways the construction of the bridge is considered to be the most important work in southern Mozambique since the country’s independence. The bridge stands at 60 metres above sea level with two lanes in both directions, running three kilometres long with a main span of 680 metres. It is the largest suspension bridge in Africa. The road from Katembe to Ponta do Oura was also completed in 2018 and it takes only 90 minutes to drive from Maputo Bay to Ponta do Ouro. This has increased tourism to Ponta do Ouro substantially.