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.
Popular flights to Tete
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Tete
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.
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.
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.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 5.59 MZN
Portuguese / Swahili
Chingozi Airport (TET)
LAM Mozambique Airlines
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
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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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
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.