About the Mamoli Area
Places of Interest:
Aloha boasts a beautiful unspoilt beach. A 10 minute walk down the beach brings you to Frederico’s Bay , a spot which is famous for snorkelling and boasting a numerous amount of coral reefs for scuba diving. Make sure you take snorkelling gear along.
Turtles lay their eggs between November and February which you can witness if you take a stroll on the beach in the evenings after dark. The hatchlings make their way to the ocean from January to March. Humpback and Southern Right Whale sightings are prolific from July to November. Pods of dolphins can be seen all year round. The Elephant Reserve is a 30 minute drive north where you can have a day picnic around one of the lakes and if you are lucky you might sight the elephants. NB : Do not travel there at night.?
The next village after Ponta Mamoli is Ponta Malongane where you will find a Pharmacy, a small market with local arts and crafts, various local streets ‘Baraccas’ (Cafes) selling the famous 2M Beer,wine and other spirits as well as the notorious ‘R & R ‘ drink made with Tipo-Tinto Rum and Sparberry. There are a few restaurants here ranging from Alex’s Pizza, Sunset Shack, a lovely relaxed setting for late afternoon sundowners, the Drunken Clam, Crabs and Come to see. Most are fairly rustic and have a local Portuguese flavour such as the famous Chicken Peri Peri. From the Drunken Clam you can sit and watch the sunset over Lake Sugi.
The local currency is Meticais but everyone welcomes South African Rands and there is no need for other currencies. If you don’t have international roaming and are needing to stay connected to the real world, you can purchase a Sim card in either Ponta Malongane or Ponta de Ouro. Data and airtime is extremely affordable in Mozambique but it is cheaper to buy airtime and convert it to data as and when you need it. One young fellow called Miguel who has his Vodacom Kiosk behind the BCI Bank in Ponta do Ouro has been proven ethical to deal with. Some of the vendors are notorious for slippery deals.
Ponta do Ouro is a 40 minute drive from Aloha 14. In Ponta do Ouro you will find a bottle store, the BCI bank (local Mozambican Bank), surf shops, fishing tackle shop, pharmacy, internet cafe, petrol station, colourful food market where you can buy fruit and vegetables grown locally, such as potatoes, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, oranges, coconuts, alcohol, cigarettes, prawns, cashews, a bakery which supplies the real Portuguese bread rolls (known as Pao) Quad bikes, surfboards and kite surfing equipment can be hired and lessons are available in Ponta do Ouro. . Dolphin viewing trips can be booked in Ponta at Angie Gullin’s Dolphin Centre – contact her on www.dolphinencountours.org. Gozo Azul provide deep sea Fishing Charters and Scuba Diving excursions. Ponta has a lovely beach which offers safe swimming especially in the bay area and is wonderful for children. Recommended restaurants here are the Love Cafe in the village and Florestina, which is on the beachfront. For the health conscious, head upstairs above the Dolphin Centre to Denise’s open-air Hawaiian-style mini Restaurant where you can enjoy delicious smoothies, wraps and breakfasts.
There are aircons, fans and the key is to never leave the bedroom doors and windows open both night and day but especially from 4:00pm onwards. We are set high up and not down in the bush area which does tend to have more mosquitos. Wear a light shoulder covering at night when you go out or braai on the deck. Use Tabard at the house and keep one in your in your bag permanently so that it is there if you go out in the evening to a Restaurant. Spray your neck and then legs & ankles under the table at the Restaurant. Different times of the year though can yield more mosquitos especially after the rains. Having given all the precautions to take, every now and then one hears of someone who got malaria so, if you do feel nervous about this, rather see your doctor about the meds.
Area Activities and Attractions:
Scuba diving Whale watching Turtle watching Braai/barbecue Swimming Pool Satellite TV Parking on premises
Travel and Directions:
Aloha Estate is 2.1km from the centre of Ponta Mamoli , the nearest airport is 97.5km (Maputo International Airport) and only a 40 minute drive from the Kosi Bay border. If you do not have a 4×4 vehicle, you can leave your car on the South African side of the border at a cost of R50 per car per day. Parking is secure. We will then put you in contact with Sandra or Izak, local Mozambicans that do border transfers and you can negotiate meeting times and rates with them.
*There is a public launch site available at R100 per launch.