Ponta Malongane Beach

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Locals refer to Ponta Malongane Beach as simply ‘Malongane’ and Ponta do Ouro as ‘Ponta’ or ‘Town’. It was discovered that the majority of houses in Malongane are in estates. (In fact, driving from Malongane all the way to Ponta Mamoli 13 kilometres. Further north one gate after another opens onto roads heading up the dunes to estates with views over the ocean. You can rent homes from some of the private owners here, camp at Parque de Malongane or, more wisely, procure refuge at Tartaruga Maritima tented camp. It’s well priced and exceptionally tranquil, surrounded by coastal forest. Camp supervisor Moses Tembe has a wealth of knowledge on the best things to do and eat in the area and he’s an incredible host – nothing is too much trouble.

Plan your trip to Ponta Malongane

Getting there

You need a 4×4 to traverse these deep sandy roads. From Johannesburg, take the N17 towards Bethal and Ermelo and then join the N2 heading towards Pongola and Jozini Dam. After the dam, head north to Manguzi and the Kosi Bay Border Control. The journey is roughly 650 kilometres and takes just under eight hours. From Durban, the trip takes five-and-a-half hours. Head north on the N2 to Hluhluwe and take the R22 following the signs to Manguzi and Kosi Bay.

When to go

Avoid peak seasons over Christmas and Easter when it’s crowded and prices tend to spike. If you plan on diving, October to March is the best time for whale shark sightings, dolphins, manta rays and big bass.

Costs

We hired a 4×4 from Bushtrackers for roughly R1200 per day and spent about R4500 on fuel and food for two people. The total cost of eating out every day for six days, beer, fuel, tolls and hiring a car was about R10 500. We’ve excluded the cost of accommodation and activities because prices vary depending on whether you’re camping or not.

Ponta Malongane Beach

Need to know

The majority of vendors in Ponta accept rands, but bring meticais as some places advertise in local currency. Prices at the market also tend to be slightly better in the local currency. There is a pharmacy and ATM in Ponta do Ouro, but only the bare essentials in Ponta Malongane. The electricity cuts out sporadically, so bring a torch and solar lights. Petrol and diesel is available at the local filling station, but can be more expensive than SA, so fill up in Manguzi before crossing the border. If you don’t have a 4×4, leave your car at the border for about R30 per day and arrange a transfer with your chosen accommodation. Bring cash. Few restaurants have card machines and I found that when I did swipe, the bank charges were hefty.

Ponta Malongane Beach

Things to do in Ponta Malongane

Dive or go on an ocean safari 

Walk to Ponta do Ouro from Malongane on the beach. The six-kilometre walk should take just over an hour and it’s a great way to appreciate the beautiful beaches.

Take in the views  with a cocktail at Jack’s Barefoot Bar, Jenny’s Bar, Golden Beach Village and 360 Degrees Restaurant & Bar. All offer excellent beach views from the top of the dunes and have similar menus. You can practise your golf at Jack’s driving range and 360 Degrees is definitely the big party spot. Jenny’s Bar was the priciest. Some areas even have South African cellphone signal – you’ll find most of them on the road from Ponta Malongane heading south towards Ponta do Ouro.

 

Experience authentic Mozambique on a guided tour to the nearby village of Zitundo. There are the dilapidated remains of colonial times and peri-peri chicken peri-peri chicken on the menu at a cafe where the waiter brings a jug to your table so you can wash your hands before dining.

Ponta Malongane Beach

Shop at the craft market outside the entrance to Tartaruga Maritima. There are countless wooden fish carvings on sale, baggy island-style clothing, and little wooden toy Land Rovers and fishing boats. Don’t buy the shells, though, as they’re apparently collected further north and are often doused in acid to kill any sea life and maintain the colours, which bleach naturally.

Find the best fresh bread on the main road towards Ponta do Ouro at Quiosque Sivike, made in a traditional wood-burning oven. Bread made at the shop inside Parque de Malongane also came recommended and is softer, but it’s made in an electric oven.

Tune into 87.8 FM and listen to old-school favorites on LM Radio.

  Ponta Malongane Beach

Mozexplore.com cannot be held liable for any change in rates, requirements & times above. This is merely a guide to help you plan your trip into Mozambique.

For Accommodation information please visit: www.accommodationpontadoouro.co.za 

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