Tete is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River and is noted for its contrasts, on the one hand the natural beauty of the landscapes, the “embondeiro” tree (baobab), associated with ancient legends, vast green valleys and on the other hand, the gigantic man-made Cahora Bassa Dam, an amazing feat of engineering and technology.
It is the second largest dam in Africa and the fifth largest in the world. The reservoir has a surface area of 2000 Km2, is 270 Km long and at its widest point reaches over 30 Km.
The main ethnic groups here are the Nyanja and the Nyungue and the Sena. The wealth of the region lies in its minerals and agriculture and cattle farming. Ecotourism is also a potentially strong area still to be developed. In the less known more remote areas, there are wide varieties of wild animals.
Although situated inland it has a privileged position in relation to the frontiers to the North with Zambia, to the East with Malawi, to the West with Zimbabwe and bordering in the South, with the Provinces of Manica and Sofala.