Tete is the capital city of Tete Province in Mozambique. It has a population of 152,909 (2007 census). It is located on the Zambezi River, and is the site of the one-kilometre-long Tete Suspension Bridge, a vital link on the major highway linking not just northern and southern parts of the country, but Zimbabwe and Malawi as well. This bridge and the Dona Ana Bridge downstream will soon be joined by a new bridge at Caia as the only bridges across the lower Zambezi.

An important Swahili trade centre before the Portuguese colonial era, Tete continues to dominate the centre-west part of the country and region, and is the largest city on the Zambezi.

Chingodzi Airport on the north-east side of the city has a 2.4 km paved runway and has regular flight to the Capital city of Maputo and Johannesburg, South Africa with a stopover in Beira. Tete is also the terminus of the Moatize branch of the Mozambican Railways on the north bank of the river.


The region was an important Swahili trade centre before the Portuguese colonial era. On the east coast of Africa the Portuguese were drawn to Mozambique and the Zambezi River by news of a local ruler, the Munhumutapa, who has fabulous wealth in gold. In their efforts to reach the Munhumutapa, the Portuguese established in 1531 two settlements far up the Zambezi – one of them, at Tete, some 260 miles from the sea. The Munhumutapa Kingdom and his gold mines remained autonomous and mostly isolated from the Portuguese. But in this region of east Africa – as in Portuguese Guinea and Angola in the west – Portuguese involvement became sufficiently strong to survive into the third quarter of the 20th century. Under Portuguese influence Tete had become a market centre for ivory and gold by the mid-17th century. Given a Portuguese town charter in 1761, it became a city of the Portuguese Overseas Province of Mozambique in 1959. After the Portuguese Colonial War in Portuguese Africa and the April 1974 military coup in Lisbon, the then Portuguese Overseas Province of Mozambique become an independent state. The newly-independent People’s Republic of Mozambique, created in 1975 after the exodus of Mozambique’s ethnic Portuguese, descended into civil war between 1977 and 1992.

Things to Do

Fishing at Cahora Bassa – The Cahora Bassa Lake is Africa’s fourth-largest artificial lake, situated in the Tete Province in Mozambique. The name Cabora Bassa is an earlier misspelling of the name. In Africa, only Lake Volta in Ghana, Lake Kariba, on the Zambezi upstream of Cahora Bassa, and Egypt’s Lake Nasser are bigger in terms of surface water.

A great place for a day trip or even a weekend, Cahora Bassa is a premier destination for some of Africa’s best fishing. Information on a few fishing lodges in the area can be found at the following site.

Ugezi Tiger Lodge – Ugezi Tiger Lodge is situated against the picturesque slopes of the mountains, forming the gorge area of the Lake Cahora Bassa. The Lake provides unlimited fishing for various species especially Tiger fish, Bream, Vundu, Chessa and Cornish Jack.

Ugezi offers accommodation in air-conditioned chalets with en-suite bathrooms, a restaurant and well stocked bar. They especially cater for the avid fishermen and offer boats with experienced skippers.

Rhino Reserve

Imire Safari Ranch– Located in Zimbabwe, but just a 4.5 hour drive by road from Tete and east of Harare, Zimbabwe lies Imire Safari Ranch. A uniquely rich and diverse area this rolling bushveld of indigenous flora and fauna offers an extraordinary experience not to be found anywhere else.

Situated in a highly productive farming area where indigenous wildlife species were hunted to make way for cattle and cropping. Before the advent of commercial farming, the area was rich in wildlife and what is termed “plains game”. As evidenced by early rock paintings, all typical species were present including black rhino and elephant as well as large predators.

In 1972 Norman Travers the owner of Imire decided to try and restore some of the wildlife which had been exterminated hence the establishment of Imire Safari Ranch and the Black Rhino Breeding Station. Norman pioneered the introduction of wild life onto commercial farms. He has been highly recognized for his enormous contribution towards the conservation of Zimbabwe’s wild areas.

Safaris (Hunting or Fishing)

Safaris De Mocambique operates on the shores of Lake Cahorra Bassa. This area is situated in the Northern Tete province and borders Zimbabwe in the West and South, and the Zambezi River and Lake Cahora Bassa to the North. The concession is almost one million acres in extent and home to populations of both soft skinned and big game animals.

The prime hunting species offered in this unspoiled wilderness include Elephant, Cape buffalo, Sable, Leopard, Lion, Crocodile and Hippo. Note that Elephant trophies may not be imported into the United States at this time. There are also good quality Bush buck, Eland and Roan Antelope.

Ngenda Safaris – Built on the water’s edge, the little exclusive Nhenda Safaris camp/lodge is tucked away in one of the protected bays and boasts its own lion chorus that could be heard almost every other night. The lodge is small and private, built in a traditional Mozambique style with all the modern extras such as ice, cold beer and hot water showers. It is by no means one of those overdone five star venues, but rather a cozy fishing and hunting retreat that blends into the wild nature around it, with fish that can be seen feeding whilst you dine. The wildlife in this area is still untamed and the bays and inlets have plenty crocodile, hippo and an amazing variety of bird life.

The friendly Nhenda Safaris staff and delicious food will make your stay an unforgettable one! With the necessary boats and guides available all you have to do is make a cast to make your Tiger fishing dreams come true!