Welcome to Lichinga
In Mozambique’s remote northwestern corner, Lichinga is what passes for the bright lights. With its dusty unpaved roads, vivid purple jacarandas and vaguely soporific air, you could be excused for thinking you’ve arrived in a small town as opposed to a provincial capital. Things to enjoy in Lichinga include the cool climate (it’s usually a good 15ºC cooler than Tete) and the equally cool ambience. The town feels safer and less claustrophobic than other Mozambican metropolises. Most non-residents use it as a springboard for Lake Niassa, an hour to the west, but there’s a smattering of low-key restaurants and hotels for lingerers.