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    Mozambique lovers. I would like to know if Ponta has changed much after the tar road has been completed. Talking from the type of visitors perspective, crime, etc. Can we still go and enjoy ourselves like two years ago? We were there last time before the tar road was constructed ....since then only to Inhambane.
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    The tar road has changed Ponta big time . The tar road has give access to tourist busses as well and many visitors from Maputo that would normally not have been able to get to Ponta.
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    Have been there twice since tar road, stayed in malongane but go to du ora one or twice while there as beach and lagoon is nice also to buy prawns.

    as for ponta du ora

    - weekends are full of day trippers from Maputo and even Manguzi ( locals)
    - Business wise, its the same as I have not seen any new shops or a bigger variety of available stock items.

    Still lekker is you go out of season on the week days.

    if you have 4x4 rather go up to malongane or north.

    a few crimes reported over recent season like armed robbery.
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    We were there for a week in December. Its still nice to go. Just a bit more busy but we never had a problem of not finding space at a bar or a place to eat when we felt like it.

    The last time we were there was in 2015 and if we compared to then, it was just as nice. Just more people, but Ponta always seem to be busy.

    We just try to book at 4x4 only accessible spots
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    We stayed in Malongane in December, 10 fabulous days.
    It has changed in that - easy access for Maputo locals and SA residents. We heard of two separate home invasions, while we were there.
    The infrastructure cannot cope with demands for parking, water, sewerage, refuse, etc etc. We made a big mistake, late afternoon Jan 1 - went to do Ouro to get diesel. Sat gridlocked traffic for almost two hours. There was very little the traffic officers could do.
    Other days we had wonderful, happy days on do Ouro beach.
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    Thanks for the input all.

    We will go in August this year.

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    Many Saffas now moving towards Malongane. There is even a fresh fish and prawn shop (sister shop to the one in Do Ouro) in Malongane.
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    You guys are making it sound like a little slice of undiscovered heaven has been lost. It’s Ponta, the Ballito of Mozambique, a few extra revellers is going to make zero difference.

    If you are looking for a quieter venue head north beyond Malongane.

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    Another problem that you have, is that the Tar Road ends in Ponta do Ouro, so everybody that drove there in his/her Toyota Tazz, cannot drive on the side roads, as it is still sand, so they get stuck, and the roads are blocked.

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    So seems Ponta do Ouro could be problematic, depending on the time and season but Ponata Malongane (the resort, beach and direct surrounds) should still be pretty much similar to what I am used to. Correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobus Gouws View Post
    So seems Ponta do Ouro could be problematic, depending on the time and season but Ponata Malongane (the resort, beach and direct surrounds) should still be pretty much similar to what I am used to. Correct?
    Yes. Malongane is perfect. Spent a day in other Ponta amd headed there.
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    If you remember Ponta before the new road where Tippo Tinto was sold next to the road in half liter plastic bottles and nice fresh prawn at a fair price with almost nobody on the beach you will be surprised...It is like Sodwana in the early 80's against the nowadays Sodwana over Christmas

    As a resident 120 km from Ponta for 13 years I was disappointed at the manners of the Maputo residents visiting Ponta.
    It used to take us 5 hrs to reach Ponta on the old road and enjoyed a good brunch at the Nautilus Restaurant where you sometimes waited for the boat to arrive to get your catch of the day order...

    Definitely not the same and yes Malongane or Techo Banine is a much better call...
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    Yes it is not the ponta of old (60's /70's/80's/90's......);if i go it will be out of season ; but i find it commercialised ; will be passing by on the way to inhambane in May ; hope not having to stop there ; if i do maybe be just overnight ; malongane diving better , camping better ; fresh bread better ; expensive restaurant though eg r150 a prego ....; my friends in maputo head north these days ;so do I. Adeus , boa viagem e boas ferias!

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    watch out tipo tinto and other "similar" drinks ... i have seen it elsewhere in africa how these drinks are made .....watch out watch out !!!! i dont touch it ; much healthier is beer even made out of maize ; mozambique unlike mauritius never had rum ; never ever that i can remember from my days ; so where does it come from all these boxes of tipo tinto all of a sudden?... ; well for turism and business it was great for Alta in inharrime to have discovered the R&R 's ; I have stopped there to have visitors and/or friends to have one ; ditto at Fernando's in ponta ...but my days we drank laurentina , laurentina preta ;impala , manica , 2M ; 2m preta or genuine whisky or brandy or portuguese wine ; or penalties or catembes ..........; Rgds

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    Just more people, more cars, more hustle and bustle than before but will still appeal to the same crowd. If you love the vibe that people add to the party this is still a good spot, if you want peace and quite on your vacation....not some much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewC View Post
    Many Saffas now moving towards Malongane. There is even a fresh fish and prawn shop (sister shop to the one in Do Ouro) in Malongane.
    there are no fresh prawns in ponta..... they all come from up north, frozen and get defrosted to be sold as “fresh” there. In Vilanculos etc you can get fresh prawns, in ponta they are brought in..... but still good though

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    Ponta do Ouro, is not what it was and will never be again. It's a den of thieves at times when South Africans from near the border go there and Maputo trash too. The cops have also become quite useless. The best place to go to, is Malongane and further North to Techobanine. There is a Pora at Techobanine that has a lot of ground where one can go and camp and he has also built some chalettes. I dont know if he has completed the Hotel that he was busy with. This place is about 10km North of the old tar road that goes from Pedro to Ponta Mamoli. To book or maybe chat to him, +258 84 707 6991, his name is Manuel and his life partner is Mina. Enjoy your holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPiet View Post
    there are no fresh prawns in ponta..... they all come from up north, frozen and get defrosted to be sold as “fresh” there. In Vilanculos etc you can get fresh prawns, in ponta they are brought in..... but still good though
    The small pink ones "tasty ones" as the local vendors say come from Vietnam.

    also "Oros" the main dude selling across the bank in ponta center has his scales rigged. I was told once and tested. Asked for 2kgs tiger prawns and counted how many were in the bag. Said I come back later. when to the fish shop and counted how many were in the frozen 2 kg box- there were the same size and about 4 more prawns.

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