Travel to Tete – A Small Seldom Visited City

Tete is the capital city of Tete Province in Mozambique and is one of the hottest places in the country. It is also the largest city on the Zambezi River. Although seldom visited by tourists it offers the opportunity to see real Mozambican life without the influx of visitors including local markets and churches.

However, with its well established transport network it is an ideal location in which to stop over on the way to other parts of Mozambique as well as Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Tete was once an important Swahili trade centre before the colonial era and the Portuguese established two settlements there in 1531. Portuguese involvement then became strong and survived into the 20th century. It became a city in 1959.

One of the main landmarks in Tete is the suspension bridge which crosses the Zambezi River; however, you can also visit the 19th century Baroma Church, the central market and the Zambezi River. If you want to go further afield you can catch a taxi to the forest of Baobab trees, an unusual and impressive natural attraction.

Head to the Cahora Bassa Dam, the second largest dam in Africa, where you can go fishing.

There is a smattering of restaurants in Tete in which to relax or you can simply wander round the city soaking up the sights, sounds and smells.

The city is small enough to get around on foot but you can get taxis to attractions that are further afield or you can catch a bus from Avenida 24 de Junho. Buses go to Harare in Zimbabwe, Blantyre in Malawi and other destinations within Mozambique.

  • Watch the locals go about their daily lives by the Zambezi River.
  • Visit the unique forest of Baobab trees.
  • Fish at the Cahora Bassa Dam.


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