The Best of Barotse - Tiger Fishing Safari Overview
Fishing up the Lungwebungu River from Barotse to the Angolan Border – July 2018
This incredible journey has only been done once before and in July 2017, we are offering 3 groups the chance to undertake this epic fishing exploration.
The trip begins in Lukulu in the heart of the Barotse Floodplains. From here, we embark on a 7 or 8 night journey fishing all the way to the border between Zambia and Angola up the Lungwebungu River. The first and last nights are in our main camp whilst the 5 nights in between are spent sleeping on river sandbanks and islands as we make our way up to the border and back!
Where does it does take place?
The trip starts from Lukulu - from there we fish up the Lungwebungu River to the Angolan border and back.
'Barotse to the Border' - Trip Detais
This is a trip unlike any normal tiger fishing trip!
We awake early on the beaches or in camp for tea and coffee with oats or cereals to start before you start the morning’s fishing. Packed lunch provisions are available on the boat and you will stop in the middle of the day on a safe sandbar for a quick wash and bath in the river (for the nights upriver). Following the afternoon’s fishing, we will find a suitable beach or island and setup camp for the night and enjoy the evening under the stars around a fire.
DAY 1 / DAY 7: MAIN CAMP
The trip will begin and end at the Lungwebungu Main Camp whereby the focus is on being intimate and comfortable in the midst of this remote wilderness.
Bow tents (one per person) with all bedding, linen and towelling are supplied.
There are hot showers and flush loos and laundry can be done whenever required. Three course meals are enjoyed under the vast starry skies and the camp overlooks the Zambezi River. It’s a spot of comfort between the nights of adventure!
DAYS 2-6: UPRIVER CAMP
The team will pack the boats with camping gear and food. After which you are free to fish all day exploring up the Lungwebungu river, trying fresh spot after fresh spot.
As the sun is sets, you will land on a deserted island, set up camp and have a mellow meal around the fire, talking fishing and adventures with drinks on the beach.
The next morning, you breakdown camp and head on to another beach and find more great fishing spots upstream all the way until we hit the Angolan border and back!
Accommodation on the Barotse Tiger Fishing Safari is available for up to 10 people and is offered in 3m x 3m safari bow tents with proper beds (1 person per tent).
Each tent has a stunning river view, linen and side table and is in easy distance from the ablution block which comprises of hot showers, wash basins and flush toilets. Each ablution block services 5 tents. The main area comprises of a bush kitchen and dining area, outdoor bar and fireplace area overlooking the river.
Trophy tigerfish are plentiful in these waters. The Camp’s record is 20.5lbs. Tigers are successfully targeted by trolling rapalas, spinning with ‘Fat Raps’ and spoons as well as throwing a fly. After the 1st night up from camp, we start getting into extremely remote and un-fished water which is a real rarity when it comes to fishing for tiger these days.
The large mouthed predatory bream are a major attraction for fisherman in Barotseland. Target them with deep diving lures and jigs very close to structure and wait for the subtle take and head shaking fight. Camp record of 9.5lbs.