Sioma Barotse Fishing Safari

A 5 night fishing package combining two different camps on two different parts of the Zambezi River
WHEN: August – DECember
DURATION: 5  OR 6 nights 
unlimited fishing

An overview of the Sioma Barotse Fishing Safari Package

This Sioma Barotse 5 night fishing package takes place  in Barotseland,Western Zambia. It begins with 1 or 2 nights at Mutemwa Lodge before setting off upriver fishing all day to the Sioma Falls (the second largest Falls on the Zambezi). Whilst you are fishing upriver, we drive around and setup a mobile safari camp on a remote beach below the falls where you spend the next 2 or 3 nights fishing the deep gorge water for the large tigers lurking below. You will then fish all the way back down to Mutemwa for the last night. This trip covers 80km of the Zambezi River and offers an incredibly wide range of water – islands, drop offs, deep channels, riffles, big rapids and eddies! This means that guys who want to troll, cast spoons or jigs, throw flies or even drift a fillet can all do so knowing that they are in for a great chance of connecting with the large tiger fish that live in this stretch of river.

What will you love about the Sioma Barotse fishing safari?

The three most talked about ‘highlights’ from this trip include:

1. Variety of water

This 80km stretch of the Zambezi changes from wide and slow flowing to deep and charging through the gorge meaning there is a variety of water to fish in many ways.

2. experience 2 camps

Combine your first and last night in the comfort of Mutemwa Lodge with your middle ‘fishing nights’ on a beautiful private beach.

Zambezi River Tiger Fishing Safaris
3. Minimal Fishing Pressure

We are the only commercial fishing operation that has access to the top 50km of this stretch of river meaning there is minimal fishing pressure and great exclusivity.

The Sioma Barotse fishing safari begins at Mutemwa Lodge

The 5 night trip begins 80km downstream at Mutemwa Lodge in the Upper Zambezi where you will spend the 2 or 3 of your nights. At the start of your 2nd day, you begin fishing upstream all the way to the base of Sioma Falls where you wll spend 2 nights overnighting on a private beach.

The Travel Logistics: How do you get there?

There are three ways of getting to Mutemwa 

1. Fly to Mutemwa Airstrip

You can fly in via charter plane from Livingstone OR Lanseria to Mutemwa Airstrip. From there, we will collect and transfer you to the lodge.

2. Drive In

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

3. Fly to Katima Mulilo

You can fly in via charter plane from Lanseria, South Africa to Katima Mulilo. From Katima, we will collect and transfer you to Mutemwa Lodge. 


Day 1: Arrival Day

 Upon arrival at Mutemwa Lodge, you will have a chance to unpack and settle into your tents before joining the guides for a short fishing session on the Upper Zambezi. The afternoon session at Mutemwa Lodge is followed by a meet up in the bar for some drinks before heading to the fire in the boma for a delicious 3 course meal.


Day 2 – 4: Your days at Sioma Falls

The next day you begin fishing upstream all the way to the base of the Ngonye or Sioma Falls. Whilst you are fishing, we drive around and setup a fully functional mobile safari camp on a private white beach below the Falls. Your next few days will be spent fishing the deep channels and rapids around the falls.


Day 5 & 6: Back at Mutemwa Lodge

After breakfast, you will head out with the boats again for the fishing journey downstream back to Mutemwa Lodge from the Sioma Falls. Fish those great spots that hit on the way up and then arrive in the late afternoon, where you will have a chance to shower and freshen up at the lodge before enjoying your last evening on the Mutemwa deck and boma. On the morning of your departure, we will provide you with breakfast before transferring you back to the airport.


The Fishing at Sioma Falls: What you need to know 

The fishing at Sioma Falls is excellent and you stand a really good chance of catching a big tiger.

Your day of fishing to the Sioma Falls starts this morning. Fishing the deep channels and rapids all the way from Mutemwa Lodge, through the Top and Kaale Rapids to a beach below the Sioma Falls. There are some very deep channels and some excellent runs to fish for the large and aggressive tigerfish that lurk in these waters.  In terms of fishing tackle: Contact us before your trip for a suggested extras to bring – this is based on 15 years of fishing observations. New trends, equipment and items should always be considered.

our top 9 catches of 2019:
  • “The highlight of the trip has to be the day at Sioma falls, unquestionably the most beautiful place I have ever fished! The tiger were outstanding too. A wonderful experience!”



  •  “Awesome time! Highlight definitely the trip to Sioma falls! Would spend more time fishing up there next time!”

  • “An amazing trip with fantastic fishing! The food was superb and the 2 nights camping at Sioma falls was a highlight. I would recommend this trip to anyone.”

  • “Absolutely fantastic Zambezi fishing and wilderness experience. The river delivered in style with everyone catching at least one trophy tiger fish of 12 pounds+ and the cherry on the top was a rare sighting of a Pel’s Fishing Owl.”

    -Ian Dummer

The accommodation: Mutemwa Lodge and Sioma Falls Mobile Camp

 On this trip, you’ll get to split your time between Mutemwa Lodge and a mobile camp set up just below Sioma Falls.

Mutemwa Lodge consists of 6 safari tents all of which are en-suite with private teak decks looking onto the Zambezi River.  Your accommodation at Sioma will be in mobile safari camp which gets 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 mattress and linen. The 2 ablution blocks are equipped with hot water, high pressure showers, sinks and flushing toilets. The evenings sre spent dining beneath the stars around a roaring fire looking overlooking the river.

Available Dates, Package Includes & Excludes

5 or 6 night trips are available anytime from August to December for 4 - 12 people.

Package rate will Include:  Sharing accommodation, all meals, teas and coffee, laundry, unlimited guided fishing with UNLIMITED fuel, selection of fishing tackle.

Package rate will exclude: Flights and road transfers, drinks, broken or lost fishing tackle.


What other fishing packges are on offer in 2021 / 2022?

Click the links below to get more information about each of the fishing trips

APril – early June

Kwamashi Floodplains

A 4 / 5 night tiger fishing safari in the Kwamashi Floodplains

Sold out in 2021

more info
mid june – end july

Barotse Experience 

5 night mobile safari on the remote Lungwebungu River

Sold out in 2021

more info
August – December

Upper Zambezi 

 3, 4 or 5 night tiger fishing safari at Mutemwa Lodge

Send us your preferred dates

more info
fishing enquiries

Contact James Williams
Tel: +27 72 536 1337

additional links
2021 fishing safaris
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