Moatize is the principal town and administrative center of Moatize District in western Mozambique's Tete Province. It is located on the eastern side of the Zambezi River at the confluence of the Moatize and Revuboe Rivers. After Tete, it is the second largest urban area, by population, in western Mozambique.
Mozambique's N7 Highway, the principle paved route heading east to Malawi, passes through town. Moatize is also the terminal stop on the rehabilitated Sena Railway that links western Mozambique to the port city of Beira. To fully operationalize the line, approximately 670 km of railway was upgraded at a cost of $375m. The first train in more than two decades reached Moatize on January 30, 2010. A second rail line connecting the Moatize basin with a new coal harbour at Nacala-a-Velha started operating in 2015. Construction of a third rail line connecting the Moatize basin with the Indian Ocean coast at Macuse, Zambezia, is now scheduled to start in 2017, after struggling with financing difficulties.