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About Tete

Tete is the illustrious capital city of Tete Province in Mozambique. With a population of over 105,000 residents, it is the largest city on the Zambezi River. Tete offers a grand chance to embrace nature at its finest. Popular attractions of this Portuguese colonised city include Tete’s Suspension Bridge, indigenous baobab trees and the Cahora Bassa Dam.

Cheap flights to Tete are now available for a limited period of time, so grab the opportunity to be transported to this beautiful bustling city! Tete is home of Chingozi Airport (TET), which is located a short 15-minute drive from the city centre. Chingozi Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including South African Airways and LAM Mozambique Airlines. Non-stop flights to Tete depart from Johannesburg and popular connecting flights depart from Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg approximately 2 hours, 5 minutes.

Why visit Tete

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Mozambican Cuisine

The generous city boasts a plethora of seafood cuisine. Once in Tete, it is impossible to miss the ocean delicacies made by the locals at roadside markets.

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The Zambezi River

The fourth-longest river in Africa crosses Mozambique and empties into the Indian Ocean. The Mozambican sun sets cathartically over the river; it is a delightful site to witness.

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Cahora Bassa Dam

The magnificent dam is Africa’s second largest freshwater lake and the biggest hydroelectric scheme in the southern part of the continent. Embark on a guided tour of the dam.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Mozambique
Currency Mozambican Metical
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 5.59 MZN
Language Portuguese / Swahili
Hub Airport Chingozi Airport (TET)
Airline LAM Mozambique Airlines
Time Zone GMT+2
Travel Adaptor Type C / F / M

Best time to visit Tete

The best time for a sunny extravaganza in Tete is May to November. It is the winter season, but this means the sub-tropical city has cooler temperatures and a minimal chance of rain. December to April is the wet summer season when the city experiences torrential downpour, which is followed by clear skies and sunshine again. For visitors going to Mozambique for game viewing, the best time to go is August and September. These are the dry months, so the bush has thinned out and visitors can spot wildlife at rivers and waterholes.

Weather & Climate in Tete

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 23°C 23°C 23°C 21°C 18°C 16°C 16°C 17°C 20°C 23°C 24°C 24°C
High °C 34°C 33°C 33°C 31°C 29°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 34°C 36°C 36°C 35°C
Rainfall (mm) 167 142 96 15 6 4 3 2 1 11 46 139

Overview

The city by day is a vivacious utopia that serenely enthuses visitors. Reaching insanely hot temperatures, Tete refuses to be gentle on any soul. Fret not, for you will be rewarded by her charismatic sunsets and calm evenings.

Tete was an important Swahili trade centre long before the Portuguese arrived. Known for its coal mining and tender goat meat, the city captivates the contrasting image of colonial and modern day architecture.

The cuisine in the city is worth gloating over. Locals are richly blessed with incredible delicacies. From diverse seafood to matapa (stewed cassava leaves, ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk), Tete is a culinary playground for the taste buds.

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Visa & Customs

Due to South Africa being a part of SADC (the Southern African Development Community), South African passport holders have plenty of opportunities for visa-free travel. Travelling to Mozambique does not require a visa. This makes planning your holiday tremendously easy.

The South African High Commission is situated in Maputo.

Address: Avenida Eduardo Mondlane 41, Caixa Postal 1120, Maputo

Phone: (+258) 21 243 000

Health & Safety

Ensure you are up to date on routine vaccines, including the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine and yearly flu shot. Travelling to Mozambique requires that you get the following vaccines: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies. Malaria is a risk in Mozambique, so the necessary medication should be taken and precautions taken to avoid mosquito bites.

Common dangers to be weary of in Tete are petty theft and extortion. By taking simple precautions you can avoid these problems. Avoid walking around the city at night, especially in poorly lit areas. Carry a copy of your passport on you at all times. Avoid carrying large sums of cash and valuables, as pick-pocketing does happen. For safety measures, lock all your car doors while driving, and after you leave your vehicle.

Take out adequate and thorough travel and medical insurance before departing for Tete.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Tete
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 45.62
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 10.04
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.70 R 22.25 R 10.95
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 7.31
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38.50 R 38.00 R 27.37
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