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Fishing on the Zambezi River

Fishing on the Zambezi River

Overview: Fishing on the Zambezi River

Setting out from Livingstone by boat with your fishing guide, you'll find some of the calmer sections and swirling eddies of the Zambezi River before casting your line. There are over 75 species that make this section of the river their home, but the prized species is the predatory tiger fish, a lean and powerful species with alarming teeth and striped black and silver scales, capable of reaching weights of up to 15kg. This ferocious fish puts up a strong fight, but is incredibly satisfying to land in your boat.

Other species that are often caught are yellow bream and vundu, a species of catfish that can reach over 40kg.

Spinning with artificial lures is the most common method used on these trips, and is the most efficient method for catching tigers and bream, although bottom fishing and drift bait methods are sometimes used.

While reeling in a fish calls for your full attention, during calmer moments it's worth keeping an eye on the river banks. The Zambezi and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Parks flank some of the best fishing areas, so as well as the hippos and crocodiles that live in the river, you can often see herds of elephants, and even lions coming down to the river to drink.

Availability: Fishing trips are available year round, but the best fishing is found in the dry season between May and November as the water levels start to recede. Tiger fishing in particular is best from August to November.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's hotels or lodges in the vicinity of Livingstone
End location
Back at your hotel
Meals included
Snacks & drinks on half day trip - Lunch & drinks on full day trip
Duration
Three hours or Seven hours
Maximum group size
Six people

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Full day and half day fishing trips are available from Livingstone

Full day and half day fishing trips are available from Livingstone

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