Sioma Barotse Fishing Safari

A 5-6 night fishing package combining two different camps on two different parts of the Zambezi River
WHEN: june – december
accommodation: lodge & mobile camp
DURATION: 5 OR 6 nights 

An overview of the Sioma Barotse Fishing Safari Package

This Sioma Barotse 5 night fishing package takes place in Barotseland,Western Zambia. It begins with 1 or 2 nights at Mutemwa Lodge before setting off upriver fishing all day to the Sioma Falls (the second largest Falls on the Zambezi). Whilst you are fishing upriver, we drive around and setup a mobile safari camp on a remote beach below the falls where you spend the next 2 or 3 nights fishing the deep gorge water for the large tigers lurking below. You will then fish all the way back down to Mutemwa for the last night. This trip covers 80km of the Zambezi River and offers an incredibly wide range of water – islands, drop offs, deep channels, riffles, big rapids and eddies! This means that guys who want to troll, cast spoons or jigs, throw flies or even drift a fillet can all do so knowing that they are in for a great chance of connecting with the large tiger fish that live in this stretch of river.

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What will you love about the Sioma Barotse fishing safari?

The three most talked about ‘highlights’ from this trip include:

1. Variety of water

This 80km stretch of the Zambezi changes from wide and slow flowing to deep and charging through the gorge meaning there is a variety of water to fish in many ways.

2. experience 2 camps

Combine your first and last night in the comfort of Mutemwa Lodge with your middle ‘fishing nights’ on a beautiful private beach.

3. Minimal Fishing Pressure

We are the only commercial fishing operation that has access to the top 50km of this stretch of river meaning there is minimal fishing pressure and great exclusivity.

The Sioma-Barotse fishing safari begins at Mutemwa Lodge

The 5 night trip will begin 80km downstream at Mutemwa Lodge in the Upper Zambezi. At the start of your 2nd day, you begin fishing upstream towards Sioma Falls where you will spend 2-3 nights overnighting on a private beach. You will  then return to Mutemwa Lodge for your final 1 or 2 nights

Travel Logistics: How to do you get to Mutemwa Lodge?

There are three ways of accessing Mutemwa 

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 Livingstone or Kasane Airports to the lodge after connecting with the daily commercial flights offered by SAA or BA. 

3. self drive

Self drive is possible from Botswana, Namibia, Livingstone or Lusaka. Contact us for directions.


Day 1: Arrival

 Upon arrival at Mutemwa Lodge, you will have a chance to unpack and settle into your tents before joining the guides for a short fishing session on the Upper Zambezi. The afternoon session at Mutemwa Lodge is followed by a meet up in the bar for some drinks before heading to the fire in the boma for a delicious 3 course meal.


Day 2/3/4: Sioma Falls

The next day you begin fishing upstream all the way to the base of the Ngonye or Sioma Falls. Whilst you are fishing, we drive around and setup a fully functional mobile safari camp on a private white beach below the Falls. Your next few days will be spent fishing the deep channels and rapids around the falls.


Day 5/6: Mutemwa 

After breakfast, you will head out with the boats again for the fishing journey downstream back to Mutemwa Lodge from the Sioma Falls. Fish those great spots that hit on the way up and then arrive in the late afternoon, where you will have a chance to shower and freshen up at the lodge before enjoying your last evening on the Mutemwa deck and boma. On the morning of your departure, we will provide you with breakfast before transferring you back to the airport.

What you need to know about the fishing

The fishing at Sioma Falls is excellent and you stand a really good chance of catching a big tiger.

Your day of fishing to the Sioma Falls starts this morning. Fishing the deep channels and rapids all the way from Mutemwa Lodge, through the Top and Kaale Rapids to a beach below the Sioma Falls. There are some very deep channels and some excellent runs to fish for the large and aggressive tigerfish that lurk in these waters.  In terms of fishing tackle: Contact us before your trip for a suggested extras to bring – this is based on 15 years of fishing observations. New trends, equipment and items should always be considered.


Safari Accommodation

 On this trip, you’ll get to split your time between Mutemwa Lodge and a mobile camp set up just below Sioma Falls.

Mutemwa Lodge consists of 6 safari tents all of which are en-suite with private teak decks looking onto the Zambezi River.  Your accommodation at Sioma will be in mobile safari camp which gets 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 mattress and linen. The 2 ablution blocks are equipped with hot water, high pressure showers, sinks and flushing toilets. The evenings are spent dining beneath the stars around a roaring fire looking overlooking the river.

Rates: R25 000 pp for 5 nights

Includes Accommodation, all meals, teas and coffee, laundry, unlimited guided fishing with unlimited fuel, selection of fishing tackle.

Excludes: Flights and road transfers, drinks, broken or lost fishing tackle.

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