Fishing in the Barotse Floodplains

All our fishing is done by boat (2 x 18ft Ali Boats and 4 x 15ft Fibreglass boats) and all equipped with GPS fishfinders, guides, nets, boga grips, 60hp 4 stroke Yamaha motors and come with unlimited fuel for fishing as well as fishing tackle.


About the Barotse floodplains

Barotseland is known for consistently producing trophy tigerfish and bream and the savagery that these fish attack lures have earned them the nickname “The Barotse Express.” The enormous Barotse floodplains swell and flood during the rainy season creating significant breeding grounds for incredible volumes of baitfish which are gradually washed into the main channels leading to the impressive sizes and numbers of tigerfish and bream in this area. During the winter months of each year, we fish 3 Barotse rivers during our annual Barotse Floodplain Fishing Safaris including the Lungwebungu and the Zambezi and the Kwamashi floodplain. These rivers are all home to enormous tigers and great bream and fishing over the winter months allows us the chance to catch the floodplains emptying into the main channels making for excellent fishing!


Optimal Fishing Period

We fish the Lungwebungu on the Barotse floodplains for only 5 weeks a year running 4 or 5 groups back-back from mid-May to the mid-June. We then break down the entire safari camp we have built here and move to the Kwamashi floodplain to rebuild the camp for another 4 or 5 groups which run back-back through July.

During this time, our boats explore and fish for trophy tigerfish on the mighty Zambezi, the Lungwebungu and the Kwamashi Rivers. Fishing over winter is an ideal time to target tigerfish and bream on artificial lures like effzetts, rapalas and fly which are our preferred methods of fishing.

Typically, we are on the water at first light and fish until sunset (returning for brunch or taking out packed lunches) as anglers try to land their trophy Barotse express!

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Fishing the Zambezi River

The Zambezi River in this portion of Barotseland is characterized by being clean and slow moving with deep holes – the perfect place for a 20lb tigerfish to live and spinning or drifting through this water can produce sensational tigerfish.


Fishing the Lungwebungu River

The fast flowing and narrow Lungwebungu is known for its sandy bottom and sharp drop offs and the tigerfish use the very strong current to their advantage. It is very common for anglers to be spooled or burned off when a trophy tiger from the Lungwebungu gets into the current. A wonderful and private little river that we has been the home to our flagship fishing safari for a few seasons now.


Fishing the Kwamashi

From a fishing perspective, this fishery was only "discovered" in 2015 and provided phenomenal fishing during our first season. Significantly smaller in size than the Zambezi and Lungwebungu, the Kwamashi is deep, clear and narrow and is ideal for anglers who like spinning and working lures or fly fishing. The tigers and the bream caught on this river do not get as big as on the Zambezi or Lungwebungu but make up for it by providing significantly longer fights, especially on light tackle and anglers can also expect to catch a lot more fish with more constant action. The river that started the "100 Club."


Species on offer

Trophy tigerfish in excess of 20lbs, massive nembwe and humpback over 6lbs and various other bream and catfish species.