Borders: Zambia to the north, Manica & Sofala to the south, Zimbabwe to the west, Malawi to the east.
Nyanga and Nyungue are the most represented ethnic groups.
Population Density: 7inhabitants/sq.km
Main products: coal, iron and fishing.
Traditions: the Nhau dancers require extreme agility. They dance holding a huge and frightening wooden mask to the sound of strong drum beats. These dances are often initiation rituals.
Cahora Bassa Dam is 2000km2, the second largest in Àfrica, is spectacular and overwhelming in its size and beauty.
Tete city, the capital, is one of the hottest parts of Mozambique as it lies on a plateau 500m above the sea level. It was built during the colonial times around the late sixties, because of the strategic location of the place. The mystique of the Zambezi River with the crocodiles lying on the sandy beaches during the day and some metres up, the woman doing their laundry while their children are playing, its something to be seen.
Tete is also known as a party city, with lots of bars and nightclubs.
Tete Suspension Bridge, crossing over the Zambeze River, that links Tete to Moatize and Malawi, was built at the end of 1960s and, the Boroma Church about 30 kms outside town, a magnificent Jesuit Church that was built at the end of the 19th Century, are also something to be seen in this province.
The Baobab Tree (Embondeiro) is spread through this province. This ancient and legendary tree is intimately linked to the lives of the people in Tete, Inhambane and Cabo Delgado provinces. Innumerable stories about baobab tree have been passed down through the generations. A mighty tree, its trunk can have a diameter of up to 8 metres and can grow up to 15m high. The trunk is crowned with very thick branches.
The city has no backpackers, but there is some affordable accommodation. The best and cheapest option is a campsite called "Jesus É Bom", they are religious and only have camping facilities. They are on the other side of the river in Moatize, facing the river to your left when coming from Tete city. Piscina, in the city of Tete, is another option, with a nice view of the river. Sometimes, if you fancy some luxury - the Hotel Zambeze is not too expensive. Hotel Kassuende, a bit more expensive, is also another option.
There is an Internet Café in town, "MBC", on 283, Liberdade Ave.
At the Cahora Bassa Dam, an amazing place to spend some time, there is a campsite that offers some water sports. It's better to take the transport to the border early in the morning, as you still have a long trip ahead. There are some buses going to Nampula through Malawi.
Going North of Mozambique is not easy, but it's a fantastic trip. The best currency to have with you is Meticais, since it will be very difficult to change any kind of currency, until you get to a big city. Traveller's cheques are impossible to change. Credit Cards only in the banks. Public transport exists and is not so bad. During the rainy season, travel gets tougher and more adventurous with more time needed for travel. The best time to do it is during the dry season. If you are going right to Pemba. You must remember to get groceries and water whenever it's available. Usually some of the locals travelling with you tend to share their food with you, and it would be polite to accept their generosity, and reciprocate. Most of the transport leaves very earlier, so be aware of that. Some villages have accommodation, but don't worry; you can always sleep at the bus stop. You are going to be using bicycles, tractors, ferry, trucks, and all kinds of different ways of transport. The landscape view is just amazing; it goes from tropical forest to thick forest, plateau, and rivers, with lots of baboons, snakes, and other animals.
Here are some prices for some places that you could sleep overnight and prices for transport. Please note that the prices change often. If you are going from Beira, the first stop will be at the Zambeze River, you can sleep at the Restaurant.