Tete, Mozambique


Tete is a city on the lower Zambezi in the eponymous province of Mozambique.


Tete is situated about 140 m above sea level on a plateau, which rises on the western bank of up to 30 meters above the river. The districts on the east bank of the river belong to the city Moatize.

Tete is one of the hottest places of Mozambique and has a high humidity.


The city has 101 984 inhabitants.


Tete was once an outpost of the Arab trade in the field of Munhumutapareiches and was taken over in 1531 by the Portuguese. She is an old garrison town and dominated with Sena the Zambezi Valley from the mouth of Mazoe up to 420 km (630 river miles ) distant Indian Ocean. From the 18th century 100 soldiers were permanently stationed here, which made ​​the city to the regional center of the colonial administration. From this period 30 stone buildings, including a cathedral, a hospital and the governor's palace, which is surrounded by a perimeter three -meter-high stone wall. Another historic building that Boroma mission of the Jesuits is, 32 kilometers from Tete. The city has long been the center of the gold prospectors who could easily penetrate from here to Zimbabwe as well as Manica and Massi cauldron. Even the ivory trade and by 1650, the slave hunts had a center here.

The large buildings and hotels go to the colonial period since the beginning of the civil war in 1975.

Economy and infrastructure

About ten kilometers northeast of Tete, across the Zambezi River, lie the coal mines of Moatize, in which it invests massively since 2006.

By Tete national road EN 103, which is well frequented and now completely paved from Blantyre and Mwanza in Malawi via Tete to Nyamapanda and to Harare in Zimbabwe führt.Die route is also called the Tete corridor. In Tete, the Ponte Samora Machel, a two-lane road bridge over the Zambezi River spans. It is the only route for road vehicles in further environment. Therefore Tete has a strategic importance. Only 200 km southeast are the Dona Ana Bridge, a railway bridge and a ferry. To the north, 120 km upriver is the Cahora Bassa dam of which only offers pedestrians a transition.

In the north of Tete, on the current page of Moatize, is a 2,800 -meter-long, paved runway with Air Terminal.