The city itself has an attraction to match in the form of the suspension bridge over the Zambezi, which links Tete to Moatize. Throw in the baobab tree and such unique sights as piles of crocodiles sunning themselves on riverside beaches; it all makes for a memorable visit to Tete and Mozambique. To explore this huge land and take a safari or two in nearby Malawi and Zambia, you will have to get yourself a car for hire in Tete.
If you want a car for rent in Tete, there are two agencies providing service. You can compare these agencies online and find out which one is offering better deals on cars. Take your pick and make sure to book your vehicle right now, because you may not get one at the last minute after you arrive in Tete.
The single most important landmark in the city of Tete is the Tete Suspension Bridge that stretches across the Zambezi for almost three-quarters of a mile. You may want to poke around the central market and maybe visit the nearby Baroma Church from the 19th century. Another must-visit attraction is the forest of baobab trees, a fascinating sight that you will likely never see again anywhere else.
The Cahora Bassa Dam at Songo is a 2 hour drive from the city on Route 258. You can certainly visit the lake and the surrounding area on your own. If you want a tour of the dam, then you will need to get written permission from the HCB (Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa) office in Tete. Crocodiles can be found sunning themselves on the lakeshore. Also, you can see hippo families lazing in the water and you may even get to see big game animals such as elephants and buffalos. Bird watching is an obvious favorite, but the ones which attract the most attention are the crocodiles. There is even a crocodile farm on the north shore that collects thousands of crocodile eggs and offers a safari experience for tourists.
If Tete and Cahora Bassa are not enough to quench your thirst for an exotic African experience, then hire a car in Tete and head out across the border to Malawi or Zambia. If you follow the Zambezi River a bit further up past the dam, you will end up at the Lower Zambezi National Park which straddles both Zimbabwe and Zambia. You can go the other way into Malawi and past Lilongwe to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. If you want to stay within Mozambique, then you can head down to the Indian Ocean coast towards Beira. If you can handle the drive or a flight to the capital Maputo, then you can plan for a Big Five Game safari into the trans-frontier park which includes Kruger and Limpopo.
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