Kwamashi Fishing Safari

A 4 / 5 night tiger fishing safari in the Kwamashi Floodplains
DURATION: 4 or 5 nights
kwando river

The Kwamashi Fishing Experience

Every year we run our Barotse mobile 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. During October/November, we will be hosting 5 groups in the far western 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. Details of this experience can be seen below:

Video © Andrew Todd, April 2021

What will you love about this fishing trip?

3 highlights from this fishing safari include:


The first commercial season on this stretch of the Mashi River was in 2019 and after learning some important lessons, we are looking forward to going back this year with better tactics!


We have had 4 boats enter into the 100 club – 100lbs of fish caught and released in one day – armed with better tactics, we are very confident that we will have new entrants into this elite club in 2022!

3. remote location

With the Mashi River being so remote, access is best from Mutemwa Lodge or flying into Kasane and then we can arrange a road transfer into camp from there.

Location: Where does it take place?

The Kwamashi fishing safari takes place on the Kwando River – located in the south western region of Barotseland.

How do you get to Kwamashi?

Kwamashi is accessed from Mutemwa Lodge – which is the base for Royal Barotse Safaris. Your options for getting there are as follows:

1. Fly to Mutemwa Airstrip

Fly in via charter plane from Livingstone, Zambia OR Lanseria, South Africa to Mutemwa Airstrip.

2. Fly and transfer

Drive in from Kasane Airport to camp after connecting with the daily commercial flights offered by Airlink from JHB.

3. Drive to kwamashi

Contact us for directions to Kwamashi

daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival 

Depending on arrival time into camp, there will be time for an afternoon’s fishing


Day 2 – 4 / 5

Explore the bends and corners of the Mashi River as it winds along the Zambian / Angolan boundary.

daily itinerary

Departure Day

After a morning’s fishing, we head back to Mutemwa Lodge for your charter out OR an overnight stay before heading home.

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation will be in mobile safari camps which 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

What else do you need to know about fishing Kwamashi

July 2015 was the first time this part of the river called the “Kwamashi” by locals was ever fished and it was superb. All the anglers 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 15 lbs). 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. When the water is high, drift baiting can also be excellent.The bream fishing is superb 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.

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Available Set Dates

5 groups between 15 October – 10 November 2022 (6 people per group)

Includes: Single accommodation, meals, teas and coffee, laundry, unlimited guided fishing with unlimited fuel, selection of fishing tackle.

Rates will exclude: Flights and road transfers, drinks, broken or lost fishing tackle.

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