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Cuamba is a city in Niassa province, in north-west Mozambique. It is an important rail and road junction, and is often used as a stop off on the way to/from Malawi.

Get in[edit]

A main road, unpaved, runs to Cuamba from Nampula to the east and Mandimba (along the Malawi border) to the west. A train brings passengers from Lichinga and Nampula on a regular schedule.

Daily minibus service to Mandimba starts collecting passengers at 4AM and leaves when full (this can take hours). 3.5 hours to Mandimba.

Minibuses also wait for the train from Nampula (daily, except Mondays, arriving between 15:00-17:00) and quickly fill up with passengers to Mandimba, Lichinga and elsewhere. To Mandimba the realistic time of travel is about 2.5 hours.

Get around[edit]

Cuamba is small enough to travel around on foot. Bicycle taxis and local transport are also available, as is the train to travel in and out on. The closest airports are Nampula and Lichinga.

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A supermarket in Cuamba, Mozambique

Several shops are available offering quality food, clothing, construction supplies and other goods. Prices are cheaper in Cuamba than further outlying areas like Lichinga, the province capital.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Sao Miguel, Pastries, breads, cafezinho, meals, etc..  edit
  • Quiosque Devcam, At the central park. Offers basics like chicken and chips, drinks, etc..  edit

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  • Guesthouse for missionaries, sometimes available for evangelical missionaries, but you will need to have a local contact in order to book..  edit
  • Hotel Vision 2000, Av. 3 de Fevereiro 198, +258 271 62632, [1]. checkin: all hours; checkout: 10:00. Hotel Vision 2000 offers clean airconditioned rooms with fridge, satellite tv and private bathroom. Their restaurant offers a wide-range of dishes. The bar is open 24/7 and occasionally on weekends they organise events with live-bands, dancers, demonstrations, etc. e-mail:[email protected], website: or +/- $50 Single, twin or double. (14 48' 00,58''S,36 32' 27,29''E) edit

Get out[edit]

A public playground in Cuamba, Mozambique Looking toward the mountains, Cuamba, Mozambique Street in Cuamba, Mozambique Monument in Cuamba, Mozambique

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