Fishing on the Zambezi River

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.

Start Time: Morning and full day trips normally depart from your hotel at 09:00, and afternoon trips at 13:00. This is flexible though, and it can be possible to adjust these times to fit your schedule.

Duration of Excursion: Both half-day (3 hours) and full day (7 hours) fishing trips are available.

Maximum Size of Group: Each boat can accommodate a maximum of six people.

Meals Included: Lunch is included on full day trips, and drinks and snacks are available on half-day trips.

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.