Dolphin Encountours Research Center

Mozambique's dedicated marine mammal center has, since 1995 pioneered the way in ethical & responsible marine mammal tourism that specialises in in-water encounters with the Dolphins of Ponta. Today one is able to join Angie Gullan and her team as guest, retreater, volunteer, intern, researcher and film maker!

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. 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 over 8000 entries and ~250 individuals catalogued. Lineage has been tracked on resident females, some as far as 5 generations....

The past two and a half 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'. We work with a gregarious, population of dolphins affectionately called the Dolphins of Ponta who find home in the coastal shallows of the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve - now known as the Maputo National Park (MNP) which borders iSimangaliso World Heritage Site within the Lubumbo Transfrontier Conservation Area of South Africa & Mozambique. 


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.

The long-term monitoring of marine mammals in the area was initiated in 1997 by our founders under the guidance of Africa's leading marine mammal scientists. This initiative now sees over 7500 sightings recoded in the area of dolphins since then, with some 5500 boat launches being done out of Ponta do Ouro. Together with this, monitoring of strandings, whales, turtles, beach litter, micro-plastic and water quality is ongoing. 

The long-term monitoring of marine mammals in the area was initiated in 1997 by our founders under the guidance of Africa's leading marine mammal scientists. This initiative now sees over 7500 sightings recoded in the area of dolphins since then, with some 5500 boat launches being done out of Ponta do Ouro over the years Together with this, the monitoring of strandings, whales, turtles, beach litter, micro-plastic and water quality is ongoing.