Kwamashi Fishing Safari

Fish the Angolan Floodplains in this 4 or 5 night tiger fishing safari in the Kwamashi Floodplains, Western Zambia

The Kwamashi Experience: Safari Overview

Every year we run our Barotse mobile fishing safaris on remote and exclusive rivers in Zambia’s Western Province. These rivers offer some of the finest tiger and bream fishing available in Southern Africa. During October 2019, we will be hosting 6 groups in the far western reaches of the Kwando River. Here we will be setting up our traditional mobile fishing safari camp with all the creature comforts on a private piece of land on the floodplain. Details of this experience can be seen below

What you will love about this trip:
Remote Waters

The first commercial season on this stretch of the Mashi River was last year and after learning some important lessons, we are looking forward to going back this year with better tactics!

join The 100 club

In 2018 we had 2 boats nearly enter into the 100 club – 100lbs of fish caught and released in one day – armed with better tactics, we are very confident that we will have new entrants into this elite club in 2019!

Fly in packages

We learned the hard way about the long drives needed to access camp through Sioma Ngwezi so in 2019, we are offering charter flights straight into camp from Livingstone meaning much longer fishing hours

Ideal Dates

March / April

Trip Duration

4 or 5 nights

People per group

Max 8 people

Number of Groups

6 groups

Where does it take place?

The Kwamashi fishing safari takes place on the Kwando River – located in the south western region of Barotseland.

Day 1

Depending on arrival time into camp, there will be time for an afternoon’s fishing

Day 2 – 4 / 5

Explore the bends and corners of the Mashi River as it winds along the Zambian / Angolan boundary.

Departure Day

After an early morning breakfast, you will depart homewards.

Your Accommodation

Accommodation will be in mobile safari camps which are built up from scratch every year and then broken down completely at the end of the season. Each angler will have their own 3m x 3m bow tent with a proper bed, linen, towelling, bedside tables and solar lanterns. The 2 ablution blocks are equipped with hot water, high pressure showers, sinks and flushing toilets. We dine beneath the stars and trees and our “lounge” remains the ring of comfy lounge safari chairs around the roaring fire looking over the floodplain

What you need to know about fishing Kwamashi

July 2015 was the first time this part of the river called the “Kwamashi” by locals was ever fished and it was superb. All our guests commented on how much harder and longer the tigers fought for when compared to the Zambezi tigers. However, it is important to note that this is not a MONSTER tigerfish destination (ie. unlikely to find fish over 15 lbs). What it does offer is fantastic, consistent action for hard fighting fish in the 6-14 lb range who are very keen on lures and flies with Fat Raps and Effzetts being very effective. The bream fishing is excellent with good catches of nembwe, 3 spot, thinface, humpback and redbreast bream all recorded. An ideal venue for fishing with lures, spinners and fly. We have had 4 boats enter the “100 Club” – over 100lbs of fish caught on lures or fly off one boat in one fishing day and one boat in 2015 caught over 40 bream on lures and spinners on a single day

Travel Logistics

Kwamashi is accessed from Mutemwa Lodge – which is the base for Royal Barotse Safaris.
Your options for getting there are as follows:

Fly to Mutemwa Airstrip

Fly in via charter plane from Livingstone, Zambia OR Lanseria, South Africa to Mutemwa Airstrip.

Drive In

Drive in from Livingstone or Kasane Airports to the lodge after connecting with the daily commercial flights offered by SAA or BA.

Fly to Katima Mulilo

Fly in via charter plane from Lanseria, South Africa to Katima Mulilo. 

Available Set Dates

We have space for 2 PEOPLE (FLY-IN)  from 14 – 20 March 2020 and 2 GROUPS OF 6 LEFT in April 2020

Rates will Include: 

Single accommodation, all meals, teas and coffee, laundry, unlimited guided fishing with unlimited fuel, selection of fishing tackle.

Rates will exclude:

Flights and road transfers, drinks, broken or lost fishing tackle.


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