Tete is as safe as the next place, and even safer than Pretoria, for instance. Obviously, don't flaunt valuables and do not deal with dodgy people (currency sellers or people wanting to sell you cheap "gems").
Decent housing is difficult to find and, if available, extremely expensive. Often rent will be between $1500 and $3000 per month, and you will probably have to hand over 3 months' worth of rent as a deposit. Finding a house with a swimming pool is almost impossible, but if you do have one, you will live in it. Typical day time temperature at this time of year is 46-48 deg C, and in winter about 34 deg C. If your man is going to be working for one of the mines and get a house supplied by the mines themselves, the circumstances will be more than acceptable.
Decent shops? Don't make me laugh. While you will be able to find clothing at the PEP or some of the local shops, they are all tiny and the clothing is largely imported from China. There are one or two shops that would be comparable with a small Spar in South Africa, plenty of decent bakeries (but no wholewheat or rye bread) and some ok butcheries - you will probably find beef, chicken and goat easily, but no mutton.
Do NOT drink the water out of the tap - it is NOT safe (I know, it gets tested regularly). Always use a water filter and wash fruit and veggies in salt water.
The provincial hospital is terrible, but the local chemists and gp's are competent.
I know this post is old. So Tinix are you now in Tete? I am also likely to be moving there in 2 months time and i am looking for a 2 bedroom flat/house to rent as well as office space. With thos kind of temps then aircon is a must even at home. Marike are you still in Tete yourself?
Funny.. But Tete's probably safer than home - not a lot of criminal activity (but then again, the guard at the house has a shotgun! Things have changed a lot in Tete in the past 3 years, there's a dentist & an optometrist in town. Supermarket is called VIP - like a small friendly grocer x indian x china shop. Fruit & Veg I get from the local market - tomatoes, pineapples, potatoes (only in winter) onion & eggs are quite common though expensive - a box of apples will cost you around R600. We have 4 butcheries now & a deli - hosting "local" & "SA" beef. Obviously this is quite expensive! You can not even think about drinking the water - its either bottled or not at all. Fast food has only become available in the past 8 months - there are a couple of new pizzeria's & 2 or 3 restaurants (of which café del rio is the most popular. Toiletries are also now available in stores, but if your husband uses specific products rather pack it. There is a GAME & Checkers in Malawi (about 300km from Tete) the only other recreational activity is fishing at Cobora Bassa Dam (100km from Tete)Hope this helps!!
where you coming from? yes there are private hospitals, private schools, and houses dependents on the company your man is working for, i stay at the comdominiums and the accomodation is very good, howeever schools n hospitals arent the best but yes its coming up, n yes many women stay here with thr spouses
My husband and I are also looking at moving to Tet, (he will be going as an expat) we have 2 children 1 year and 5 years old, I understand there is 2 schools Young Gemynds and Emerald International, can anyone please confirm if there are any other schools? Does anyone know of a website I can visit to see available houses.
Might be moving soon in the next couple of months to Tere due to work, i need to know if is there any preschools availible in Tete for 3 year olds? i understand that there is 2 schools but only from grade 1.