Mamoudzou is the capital of the French overseas department of Mayotte, part of the archipelago of the Comoros off the African east coast. The municipality has 57 281 inhabitants (as of August 21, 2012 ). 1977 joined Mamoudzou succeeds Dzaoudzi as the capital of Mayotte.
Mamoudzou is located on the east coast of the main island of Grande Terre, the second largest island Pamanzi ( Petite Terre ) facing. The 41.89 km ² large municipality is bordered to the south by Dembeni, on the west by Ouangani and Tsingoni, on the north by Koungou. It is divided into eight villages and since 1994 in three cantons: Mamoudzou and Kaweni (Canton Mamoudzou -I, 17 748 inhabitants), M'Tsapere and Cavani (Canton Mamoudzou -II, 19,383 inhabitants) and Passamainti, Tsountzou 1, 2 and Tsountzou Vahibé (Canton Mamoudzou -III, 15,891 inhabitants). The highest elevation in the municipality - with around 570 m at the same time third highest peak on the island - is the Mlima M'Tsapere ( Mont Mtsapéré ) on the border with neighboring community Koungou.