Fishing businesses in Zambia

Fishing in Zambian rivers and lakes an adventure. Go fishing for a few hours, or book a fishing holiday.
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Kafue River Lodge
Boating and Fishing
Embark on an unforgettable aquatic adventure as you set off on the pristine waters of the Kafue River and Lunga River, nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Lunga Luswishi, Kafue National Park and Mushingashi Conservancy. As you glide along the tranquil waters, be prepared to be mesmerized by the abundance of wildlife that call these rivers home. Keep your eyes peeled for the graceful movements of hippos as they lazily bask in the sun, their gentle snorts filling the air. Crocodiles may lurk along the riverbanks, their stealthy presence adding a sense of intrigue to your journey. For those with a passion for angling, fishing safaris on the Kafue and Lunga Rivers offer an unparalleled experience. Cast your line into the crystal-clear waters and test your skills against a variety of fish species, including tigerfish, bream, and catfish. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice fisherman, the thrill of reeling in your catch amidst the stunning scenery is an experience not to be missed.
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Royal Zambezi Lodge
Fishing & River Activities
Lower Zambezi National Park
At the Royal Zambezi Lodge expert guides lead fishing excursions on new, fully-fitted aluminum boats. Guests new to fishing or fly fishing have the chance to receive instruction and assistance. Rods, tackle, and flies are provided although fishing enthusiasts are welcome to bring their own. All fishing is on a catch and release basis.
Livingstone's Adventure
Do you want to do something different? How about going on a fishing excursion on the Zambezi River. With more than 75 species in these waters, this is one of the most exciting and challenging experiences for avid anglers: an opportunity to catch the Tiger Fish. It is rated by many anglers as the finest freshwater fighting fish in the world.
Ndole Bay Lodge
Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika offers some of the best freshwater angling to be found anywhere on earth. More than a dozen species are regularly caught on rod and line. With basic fishing tackle for hire or purchase, a good catch is virtually unavoidable! Different techniques suit varying conditions, time and species.
Angle Zambia
Angle Zambia offers half, full-day and multi-day fishing excursions on the Zambezi River, above the Victoria Falls or at Barotse Tiger Camp. Whether you are the serious angler, recreational fisherman or the first-timer, Angle Zambia's boat charters make an exciting fishing safari! The famous Tiger Fish awaits.
Lower Zambezi National Park
Whatever kind of fisherman you are, Nsofu have the bait to get you fishing. The Zambezi and Kafue is a paradise for any adventurous angler, whether a conventional, lure or fly fisher, you are up against tiger fish, bream, vundu, nkupi, catfish, and African pike. Nsofu does river transfers from hotel to hotel or lodge to lodge using their boats.
Lake Safari Lodge
Lake kariba has a number of fish species like tiger fish, Kariba bream, barbel, tilapia, vundu, barbel, chesa, bottlenose and many more. Lake Safari Lodge specialises in Tiger fishing and sport fishing. It provides a quality fishing experience for individuals, groups, families, and corporate outings.
Potato Bush Camp
Lower Zambezi National Park
Potato Bush Camp has expert fishing guides and a range of boats to perfectly suit the real fishing enthusiast. The camp supplies all fishing euipment, but for enthusiasts who prefer their own equipment. The tackle and technique for tigerfish has been described as very similar to that of 'bone-fishing'.
Sausage Tree Camp
Lower Zambezi National Park
The Zambezi River is host to some of the most spectacular fresh water sport fishing in the world with plentiful Tigerfish and Tilapia. The most sporting and certainly the most fun fish to catch is the famous Tigerfish renowned for their strength and spectacular 'leaping out of the water' fighting performance.
Chiawa Safaris
Lusaka +3
Fishing for Tiger Fish is one of the seasonal specialties of the Zambezi River. Although Tiger Fish and other species can be caught throughout their safari season, the best time to catch Tiger Fish is from late August to mid November during the hotter months of the year.
Thorn Tree Safaris
On the Chambeshi River of north eastern Zambia is the most remote head stream of the Congo River and therefore considered its source. Through the vast labyrinth of waterways is a fisherman's paradise for Hydrocynus Vittatus, tiger fish, famous for their ferocity when hunting. Or you may prefer a trip to Lake Tanganyika for perch as well.
Matoya Fishing Lodge offers fresh water game fishing experience to the adventurous anglers. The worlds - renowned extreme fighting tiger fish, is indigenous to the fresh waterways of the Barotse floodplains of the upper zambezi. Large bream and trophy-sized tiger fish are plentiful as well as other species.
With over 75 species in these waters, you can't go wrong with a fishing excursion on the Zambezi River. It offers one of the most exciting and challenging experiences for avid anglers: an opportunity to catch the tiger fish, rated by many sports anglers as the finest freshwater fighting fish in the world, a powerful swift predator.
Sekoma Island Lodge
Sekoma Island Lodge is an excellent destination for the adventurous angler. Guests can catch large tilapia, various bream species, catfish and African pike. With a fleet of eight boats which are powered by 55hp motors the boats accommodate a maximum of two fly fishermen or four lure anglers at one time. Fly-fishing and lure fishing are predominant fishing methods used.
Ilombe Island Lodge
The lesser-visited backwaters can be explored where many of the vegetarian species of bream such as the Greenhead Tilapia and Pink Happies call home. Tiger fish are caught predominantly by fly fishing and artificial lure fishing, during April however, the river is high and discoloured, some bait fishing using circle hooks is allowed.
Shackletons Tiger Fishing Lodge is located on the mighty upper Zambezi River near a village called Mwandi. This is an ideal venue for fly fishing, spin and lure anglers of all levels to fish in a perfect habitat of the fierce tigerfish. The lodge has a team of highly experienced guides that accompany you fishing voracious tiger fish on the river.
Barotse Tiger Camp
This Angle Zambia camp offers an excellent fishing safari in Zambia. Here you can experience the thrill of a truly unique and exhilarating fishing experience on the Zambezi River. Angle Zambia offers some of the best charter fishing trips available in Zambia.
Anabezi Camp
Lower Zambezi National Park
Anabezi Luxury Tented Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia. It is perhaps best known for its exceptional fishing safaris on the Zambezi River. The river and its channels carry an excellent variety of fish including the acclaimed tiger fish which is rated as the toughest pound-for-pound fresh water fish in the world.
Kariba Bush Club
On these wonderful trips you'll be able to move around the lake islands to appreciate the abundance of wildlife. Half and full day fishing trips are available with rods, tackle and a packed meal supplied. Apart from the tiger fish, you stand a chance of catching various species of tilapia, catfish and more.
Kabompo River Lodge and Campsite
Boating and fishing
Come and explore the untouched tranquillity of this part of the country. The Kabompo River is the deepest river in Zambia and second deepest in the entire continent. This makes it an excellent river for fishing; and it boasts a great variety of fish species.
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Mvuu Lodge Zambia
Lower Zambezi National Park
The waters that surround Mvuu Lodge Zambia are the perfect habitat for many species of fish such as Tiger fish, Bream, chessa, Nkupi, and the legendary Vundu, making this a fishing haven. Experienced guides accompany guests on all fishing expeditions, assuring guests of great opportunities to catch trophy fish.


Fishing in Zambian rivers and lakes an adventure. Go fishing for a few hours, or book a fishing holiday.

Fishing in Zambia is very exciting with no shortage of fish or water-based adventures. It is an exceptionally popular sport in Africa and Zambia has a lot to offer the avid angler. The most popular river to fish in Zambia is the Zambezi River and the biggest lakes you can fish in Zambia are Lake Kariba, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Bangweulu and Lake Mweru. But remember that there are many other rivers, lakes and dams you can fish in. Fishing in Zambian rivers and lakes becomes an adventure on water with crocodiles and hippos for company and elephants and lions roaming on land nearby! Arrange to go fishing just for a few hours, or book a complete fishing holiday.

Fishing in Zambia

Fishing is often possible at Zambia safari destinations, with fishing day trips on offer and Zambia lake destinations have lake fishing charters available. Fishing safari holidays are also available in Zambia, tiger fishing in the Zambezi River is very popular. The river also offers great fishing for tasty bream, chessa and vundu. As an angler, you must be prepared to travel long distances over rough roads, carrying your gear. There are very few hotels and lodges off the main roads, and fewer still in fishing areas, though the Zambia National Tourism Board is conducting a successful campaign for more hotels and rest houses, particularly the lodges in the national parks, where good fishing is to be had on the rivers. The best months for angling in Zambia are September through to November and March through to June, however, due to the high temperatures experienced in the Zambezi Valley, fishing is practically a year-round past-time!

Most of Zambia’s rivers are either heavily wooded right down to the water or are swamp-edged, so the addition of a boat and outboard motor to the camp equipment is a great idea. Canoes and paddlers can be hired, and the latter are usually good guides to the best fishing grounds. If you do not have a fishing rod with you - no problem, you can also hire one. Paddling in rivers can be a dangerous pastime, and hippos, especially with calves, should be given a wide berth. All fishing techniques used during the sessions are aimed to respect the fish, allowing anglers who wish to release their catch without traumatising the fish and in the best possible conditions.

Depending on your needs and skill level, you can choose to be guided while fishing or not. As a beginner wishing to acquire sufficient skill and knowledge to be able to fish on your own, operators have employed highly trained instructors. Thanks to their technical advice and knowledge of fishing gestures, habits and movements of the fish, you will save a considerable amount of time during training. They will advise you on the best equipment to be used, bait, fishing sites and also methods of exploring and organising your activity. If you are an experienced angler who wishes to benefit from a good overall view of the potential fisheries system of the region and its particularities and also to deepen your knowledge, instructors will take into account your level of skill and help you avoid losing time due to a lack of knowledge of the area. They will give you easy access to the best spots of the moment.

Fishing techniques include:

  • Trolling: Trolling of lures or spoons is a common and enjoyable method, allowing the fisherperson to enjoy a day's fishing while still cruising the lakeshore for wildlife.
  • Bottom fishing using bait: This method is usually the most productive and more than a dozen species are commonly caught on a day out. This usually involves starting out at the crack of dawn to purchase bait from local kapenta fishermen returning after a night's fishing.
  • Fly fishing: While still untouched by the fly fishing community, Tanganyika offers unparalleled freshwater fly fishing. Fairly heavy rods and fast sinking lines are essential with Nile perch, nkupi and tigerfish most commonly sought.
  • Spinning: From either the rocky shores or the comfort of your boat, this technique can be extremely exciting as the crystal clear waters allow you to see the fish as they take the lures.
  • Spearfishing: This is used by divers with experience and their own equipment.

Take a trip to one of Zambia’s fishing destinations and experience the very best fishing. Whether it be an individual or group fishing day trip, Zambian operators cater to your unique requirements, providing an ultimate fishing adventure. When you book a fishing trip, operators focus on making sure that you have the most enjoyable time possible, guides make sure your activity is safe, fun and memorable.