Dolphin Encountours Research Center

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During the winter months Humpback whale viewing is incorporated into our encountours as the great whales migrate past Ponta do Ouro.

Today one is able to join Angie Gullan and her team as guest, retreater, volunteer, intern, researcher and film maker!

We are a culture of carer’s and creators who prove that ethical & educational marine mammal tourism can be achieved when merging both spirit and science.

We work with a gregarious, population of dolphins affectionately called the Dolphins of Ponta who find home in the coastal shallows of the Maputo National Park (MNP) which borders iSimangaliso World Heritage Site within the Lubumbo Transfrontier Conservation Area of South Africa & Mozambique. 


Since 1995 Angie Gullan has been sharing the magical wonder of coming face to face with the wild #dolphinsofponta, pioneering the way in ethical, educational and responsible practice for tours with these sentient non-human persons whom she calls the people of the sea.

The past almost 3 decades have been spent nurturing a friendship and creating opportunities for human dolphin encounters to take place that works within the realms of 'conscious interaction'.


The long-term monitoring of marine mammals in the area was initiated in 1997 by our founders under the guidance of Africa's marine mammal scientists. This initiative now sees over 7500 sightings recoded in the area of dolphins, with some 5500 boat launches being done out of Ponta do Ouro.

Through our research & conservation arm DolphinCareAfrica, we have collected and maintained a longterm data set and have historical records by means of images and video archived with ~250 individuals catalogued.  Lineage has been tracked on resident females, some as far as 6 generations.


We realise that there is a want and a will from humanity to interact with marine mammals in their natural environment, these encounters can have profound effects on humans and sometimes detrimental effects on marine mammals.

We advocate a code of conduct to lessen the impact of human encounters and a change in lifestyle to lessen our impact on the planet.

We specialise in creating a safe space for intimate encounters to take place with wild dolphins while contributing to their wellbeing. 

We are happiest when we are out in the field, checking in on our finned friend’s and are deeply committed to our role in protecting their environment. 


Beach Road, Ponta do Ouro, Maputo, Mozambique
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