In Mozambique the Angone is found north of the Zambezi River. Nearly 50% of them are found in the plateau of Tete in Tete district, while the rest are in a small area of Angonia to the extreme north-east on the Malawi border (Rege and Tawah, 1999).
The Angoni group of cattle are believed to be descendents of the original zebu introduced through the Horn of Africa. They are maintained by the Angoni people who descended from the Nguni tribe in South Africa. They are supposed to have lost their original cattle and restored them with zebu as they wandered as far north as Lake Tanganyika, and subsequently settled on the Angoni plateau of eastern Zambia and adjoining parts of Malawi between 1850 and 1870 with what became known as Angoni cattle. They later spread southwards reaching north-western Mozambique. These cattle are today known as Angone in Mozambique, Angoni in Zambia and Malawi zebu in Malawi (Rege and Tawah, 1999).