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:
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.