The Zambezi Sleepout Safari

Spend 3 nights at Mutemwa Lodge and 2 nights on a private “beach”
best experienced: aug – jan
DURATION: 4, 5 or 6 nights
activities: fishing, birding, r&R

Spend 3 nights at Mutemwa Lodge & 2 nights on a private “beach”!

This 5 night sleep out safari includes quality tiger fishing on a remote and private piece of the Zambezi, wonderful bird life, stunning sunsets, a roaring fire at night all complimented by superb hospitality and great food. Your time will be split between Mutemwa Lodge  where you will spend 3 nights in permenant tents and 2 nights at a mobile camp on Sioma Beach. 

“What an adventure!! All agreed that it was one of the best trips we ever had and we’ve been all over Africa and the world. The effort that Ashley and the team has put in to make our trip unforgettable is much appreciated.”
– Anthoon Rheeders, October 2021
What you will love about this Zambezi sleepout experience?

1.  It’s a 2-in-1 Zambezi River experience

You will have the option of combining your first and last night in the comfort of Mutemwa Lodge with the middle ‘nights’ spent on a beautiful private beach near to Sioma Falls. This combination gives you the opportunity to  experience two different parts of the Zambezi and stay in two totally different camps in a single trip! Fully catered meals and hot showers will be provided in both camps .

What you will love about this Zambezi sleepout experience?

2. ‘Jacuzzi’ in the 2nd biggest waterfall on the Zambezi

Once you arrive at the Sioma beach camp, if you’re not fishing – you will get to visit Ngonye falls to have a beer or G & T in a natural “Jacuzzi” in the Ngonye Falls

What you will love about this Zambezi sleepout experience?

3.  Fish in a variety of different water

This 80km stretch of the Zambezi between Mutemwa Lodge and the Sioma beach 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.

Where is Mutemwa Lodge located? 

Mutemwa Lodge is situated 250 km upstream from Victoria Falls and 50 km north of Katima Mulilo

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

There are three ways of accessing Mutemwa 

1. charter flights to mutemwa

Fly in via charter plane from Livingstone OR Lanseria to Mutemwa Airstrip. 

2. self Drive Into camp

Mutemwa can be reached easily by vehicle – simply let us know where you are coming from and we can assist with directions. 

3. Fly from Jhb – kasane

Fly from Lanseria, South Africa to Kasane. From there, we will collect you and transfer you into camp (+ – 2hrs)


Day 1: Arrival Day

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 chance to have a shower and then meet up in the bar for some drinks before heading to the fire in the boma for a 3 course meal.


Day 2 – 4: Sioma Falls

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. Packed lunches and coolboxes are supplied.


Day 4/5/6: Back to Mutemwa 

The final morning begins with a cooked breakfast after some coffee and tea. Check out is at 08.00am. Please settle any drinks, lost or broken fishing tackle as well as any gratuities you feel you may wish to handover. At 08.00am you will begin your road transfer back to Livingstone Airport* (or wherever you are departing from) where you will connect with your international flights homewards.

  • “Excellent hosts, totally remote, breath-taking scenery. Loved the birds! Clean, comfortable accommodation. Not touristy at all!”

    – T. Pretorious
  • “Peace and tranquility, comfort and class, fantastic hosts. Best fishing and birding river lodge ever.”

  • Beautiful riverfront property! Fantastic staff and delicious meals. This location took our breath away! A unique ‘glamping’ experience close to nature with comforts like hot water showers and flushing toilet. And catching a tiger fish is a memory we will treasure for a lifetime!

     – Deb Minaar
  • “Incredibly stunning lodge, fantastic hosts.

    A very special place.”

     – D O’Grady, Guest 2019

The Fishing: What you need know about the Upper Zambezi

Remote, private Upper Zambezi water with numerous islands, rapids, deep channels and flooded structure to fish, Mutemwa is probably best fished in March, April, August, September, November and December. The primary means of fishing here is with lures and spinners and tigers up to 18lbs have been caught. The beauty of Mutemwa is that the distance from Livingstone means the water is private and shared with only one other little campsite so you guaranteed to have the water to yourself. Day trips and overnight combinations with the Sioma Falls really adds variety to the fishing here and all fishing is 2 per boat on superb, large ali boats.

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Available Dates, Package Rate Includes & Excludes

This 5 night safari is available from August - January.

Package rates will Include: 

Sharing accommodation, all meals, teas and coffee, laundry, unlimited guided fishing with unlimited fuel, selection of fishing tackle, day trips to Sioma Falls, boat cruises, birding, canoeing and village visits.

Package Rates will exclude: 

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

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