Ponta Malongane

Mozambique, Ponta Malongane

Keen photographer and visual artist, Shaun Mallett (aka Sawubona‘s Art Director) took a road trip to Ponta Malongane in Mozambique – an area known for incredible beaches, diving, local culture and laid-back holidays. Ponta is an eight- to ten-hour drive from Johannesburg, depending on whether you take the scenic route or not. Borders can be challenging, but it’s pretty and the pristine beaches, incredible food and beautiful people are worth the drive.

Football on the beach, Ponta Molangane.

Football on the beach in Ponta Molangane.

Beach restaurants serving cold cerveza (beer) are relaxed and there are a number of local restaurants offering anything from pizza to prawns, and more. The destination is known to be a good one for family holidays with a range of activities on offer including fishing, snorkelling, birdwatching and nighttime safaris to see the turtles (during season).

Pizza hut on the beach, great fare for hungry surfers.

A pizza hut on the beach: great fare for hungry surfers.

Colourful market along the road.

T-shirts for sale along the road. Make-shift markets are a great place to shop.

Outdoor art and inspiration.

Outdoor art and inspiration.

Coastal vegetation and beaches that stretch on until forever.

Coastal vegetation and beaches that stretch on forever.

Perfect blue skies in paradise.

Perfect blue skies in paradise.

Bright-eyed local, Ponta Malongane.

A bright-eyed local in Ponta Malongane.

Life in the slow lane, Ponta Malongane. All images by Shaun Mallett.

Life in the slow lane in Ponta Malongane.

Beer and a smile, local pub.

A beer and a smile at a local pub. All images by Shaun Mallett.

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