Upper Zambezi FISHING Safari

A 3, 4 or 5 night fishing package on the Zambezi River, Western Zambia
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3 – 5 nights accommodation
zambezi river exclusivity

An overview of the Upper Zambezi Fishing Safari

At Mutemwa Lodge, where you will be stationed for the duration of the Upper Zambezi Fishing Safari encompasses everything that makes the Zambezi River magical. This includes quality tiger fishing on a remote and private piece of the Zambezi, wonderful bird life, stunning sunsets, a roaring fire at night all complimented by superb owner hospitality and great food. Accommodation is in permanent tents with the expanse of the Upper Zambezi below the decks. The sound of hippo, monkeys, birds and feeding fish surround you as you awake to the sun rising over the Zambezi River.

What will you love about the Upper Zambezi Fishing Safari

3 highlights from this fishing experience include:

Serenity & Hospitality

Great hospitality and service at a beautiful lodge on the banks of the Zambezi where nothing is too much trouble.

2. Zambezi River Exclusivity

You’ll have 30km+ of the Upper Zambezi almost exclusively to yourself since the lodge shares it’s water with only one other campsite

3. Remote Fishing Experience

You’ll get to enjoy the benefit of remote and varied fishing water that is mainly fished with lure and fly.

Location: Where does the Upper Zambezi safari take place?

You will be staying at Mutemwa Lodge which is located on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Travel Logistics: How to do you get to Mutemwa Lodge?

There are three ways of accessing Mutemwa 

1. Fly to Mutemwa Airstrip

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

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

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


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 chance to have a shower and then meet up in the bar for some drinks before heading to the fire in the boma for a 3 course meal.


A typical day on the Zambezi

A typical morning at Mutemwa begins with early morning tea and coffee and oats porridge before heading out for some fishing on the Zambezi River. Full day trips with packed lunches are available as well. Return for brunch on the Mutemwa deck and thereafter, there is time for an afternoon siesta or relaxing time around the pool. Meet again on the Mutemwa deck for high tea before departing for your afternoon’s fishing, birding walk or sunset cruise. Return after sunset in the evening for a shower before meeting around a roaring fire in the boma for dinner.


Day 5: Departure Day

The final morning begins with a cooked breakfast after some coffee and tea. Check out is at 08.00am. Please settle any drinks, lost or broken fishing tackle as well as any gratuities you feel you may wish to handover. At 08.00am you will begin your road transfer back to Livingstone Airport* (or wherever you are departing from) where you will connect with your international flights homewards.

  • “Excellent hosts, totally remote, breath-taking scenery. Loved the birds! Clean, comfortable accommodation. Not touristy at all!”

    – T. Pretorious, guest 2020
  • “Peace and tranquility, comfort and class, fantastic hosts. Best fishing and birding river lodge ever.”

  • Beautiful riverfront property! Fantastic staff and delicious meals. This location took our breath away! A unique ‘glamping’ experience close to nature with comforts like hot water showers and flushing toilet. And catching a tiger fish is a memory we will treasure for a lifetime!

     – Deb Minaar, Guest 2019
  • “Incredibly stunning lodge, fantastic hosts.

    A very special place.”

     – D O’Grady, Guest 2019

The Fishing: What you need know about the Upper Zambezi

Remote, private Upper Zambezi water with numerous islands, rapids, deep channels and flooded structure to fish, Mutemwa is probably best fished in March, April, August, September, November and December. The primary means of fishing here is with lures and spinners and tigers up to 18lbs have been caught. The beauty of Mutemwa is that the distance from Livingstone means the water is private and shared with only one other little campsite so you guaranteed to have the water to yourself. Day trips and overnight combinations with the Sioma Falls really adds variety to the fishing here and all fishing is 2 per boat on superb, large ali boats.

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The accommodation: What you need to know about Mutemwa Lodge

Accommodation at Mutemwa is in permanent tents on raised teak deckswith the expanse of the Upper Zambezi below the decks. The sound of hippo, monkeys, birds and feeding fish surround you as you awake to the sun rising over the Zambezi River. In addition to tents, Mutemwa Lodge comprises of 6 boats, a sunset cruise barge, canoes, a beautiful breakfast deck over the Zambezi, main lounge and bar area with a library, electrical charge points, filtered water stations, DSTV television and guest bathrooms and a swimming pool.

Available Dates, Package Rate Includes & Excludes

You can visit Mutemwa Lodge from July - December

Package rates will Include:  Sharing accommodation, all meals, teas and coffee, laundry, unlimited guided fishing with unlimited fuel, selection of fishing tackle, day trips to Sioma Falls, boat cruises, birding, canoeing and village visits.

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


Other fishing trips 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 – AUGUST

Barotse Experience 

5 night mobile safari on the remote Lungwebungu River

Sold out in 2021

more info
August – December

Sioma Barotse 

5 nights combining 2 camps on 2 different parts of the Zambezi

Enquire with preferred dates

more info
fishing enquiries

Contact James Williams
Tel: +27 72 536 1337

additional links
2021 fishing safaris
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