DATES: AUGUST – NOVEMBER
duration: 4 OR 5 nights
GAME VIEWING + FISHING
group size: MAX 8 PEOPLE
The perfect wildlife and fishing combo safari
Our Lower Zambezi Fishing Safari is an awesome combination of fantastic wildlife, good tiger fishing and superb camp accommodation. Every year, as the temperatures rise in the Lower Zambezi, so the tigerfishing gets better and better. We book out the fantastic Baines’ River Camp in the Lower Zambezi GMA and from here, guests get to enjoy some of the best of Africa’s wildlife in conjunction with great fishing.
Where does it take place?
Your Lower Zambezi Fishing Safari experience begins with a flight to Lusaka where you will be met by our charter representatives for a flight to Royal Airstrip and transferred by road and boat to Baines’ River Camp where you will spend the next 4 or 5 nights experiencing the best in Lower Zambezi tiger fishing and hospitality.
*The route shown above is for guests coming from Johannesburg. This can change as per request.
Fishing the Lower Zambezi
The Lower Zambezi fishing experience is usually enjoyed by using a mixture of spinning, fly fishing or drift bait fishing. Drifting with tiger fillets can be very productive and anglers need to wait for the fish to pick up run with the bait a bit before setting the hook. HOWEVER, it is important to note that in line with Lower Zambezi National Park regulations, drift baiting is only possible with fillets from fish already caught and that were unable to be successfully released.
Spinning is a very good means of targeting tigerfish and casting plastic lures and spinners like the Tiger Mepps and copper effzett has always yielded great results. Lures should not exceed 9cm or dive too deep.
Fly fishing can also be very productive with a fast sinking lines getting flies into the structure and over the drops offs quickly. The preferred colours for flies tend to vary from season to season.
Tiger fish are the dominant fish species here and have been caught up to 20lbs while there are also fantastic catches of vundu possible. Other notable species include chessa, bream and nkupe.
Other safari activities on offer
The best part about this safari is the location of the camps being near the Lower Zambezi National Park and therefore, the fishing and wildlife encounters are far superior to most tigerfishing venues. In addition to this, directly opposite the camp is Mana Pools National Park and therefore, you have protected wildlife land and fishing waters both across and downstream from camp and on both sides of the river. Included in the rates are all game drives, canoe safaris and boat cruises. At any point, you simply need to speak to your hosts and arrange these activities if you wish to do these instead of fishing.