Kwamashi Floodplain Tiger Fishing Safari
A 4 night tiger fishing safari in Barotseland, Western Zambia
Every year we run our Barotse floodplain fishing safaris on remote and exclusive rivers in Zambia’s Western Province.
These rivers offer some of the finest tiger and bream fishing available in Southern Africa and during October 2018, we will be hosting 5 groups on the far northern reaches of the Kwando River. Here we will be setting up our traditional mobile fishing safari camp with all the creature comforts on a private piece of land on the floodplain. Groups of 8 people will be able to fly in from Lanseria (via Livingstone) although options to drive in or fly from Lusaka are possible for exclusive group bookings.
Where does it take place?
The Kwamashi fishing safari takes place on the Kwando River - located in the south western region of Barotseland. This river and floodplain system is completely independent of the Zambezi system
'Kwando Floodplain Tiger fishing Safari' - A Typical Day
Early morning coffee around the campfire as the hornbills leave their floodplain roosting spots is enjoyed before you get on the boats (loaded with ice cold drinks and packed lunches) and head onto the main channel of the Kwando river. Your guide will then find a promising bend and you can start drifting silently fishing towards the structure or work a quiet backwater for bream. Groups can either return for brunch and a snooze or enjoy a full day exploring this wonderful fishing wilderness and untouched waters accompanied by numerous different bird species. We return to camp before last light, enjoy showers and dinner beneath the African stars.
Our mobile safari camps are built up from scratch every year and then broken down completely at the end of the season.
Each angler will have their own 3m x 3m bow tent with a proper bed, linen, towelling, bedside tables and solar lanterns. The 2 ablution blocks are equipped with hot water, high pressure showers, sinks and flushing toilets. We dine beneath the stars and trees and our “lounge” remains the ring of comfy lounge safari chairs around the roaring fire looking over the floodplain.
Fishing for tigers
July 2015 was the first time this part of the river called the “Kwamashi” by locals was ever fished and it was superb. All our guests commented on how much harder and longer the tigers fought for when compared to the Zambezi tigers.
However, it is important to note that this is not a MONSTER tigerfish destination (ie. unlikely to find fish over 15lbs). What it does offer is fantastic, consistent action for hard fighting fish in the 6-14 lb range who are very keen on lures and flies with Fat Raps and Effzetts being very effective.
Fishing for bream
The bream fishing is excellent with good catches of nembwe, 3 spot, thinface, humpback and redbreast bream all recorded. An ideal venue for fishing with lures, spinners and fly. We have had 4 boats enter the “100 Club” – over 100lbs of fish caught on lures or fly off one boat in one fishing day and one boat in 2015 caught over 40 bream on lures and spinners on a single day.