Barotseland Tigerfishing

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SATSA (Southern Africa Toursim Services Association),BirdLife South Africa
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This tour is five nights, giving you four full-days of serious fishing in some of the best ‘tiger country’ on the planet. The take of a tiger is nothing short of explosive, and, when hooked, they are cunning, dogged, acrobatic fighters that frequently leave fishermen with a snapped line and trembling knees.

Spend the next 5 nights enjoying one of the most pristine freshwater fisheries in Africa.  Fishing is the primary activity in this remote destination, and the waters hold good stocks of tigerfish, nembwe, three-spot, pink bream, and many other species.

Located in Western Zambia, Barotseland is one of the largest floodplains on the Zambezi river system. During the rainy season, the Zambezi breaks its banks and forms a significantly large floodplain which provides a thriving ecosystem for all aquatic life to survive. The area has also come to be known as “Tiger Country”, as tigerfish weighing well over 20 pounds are regularly caught here.

What to Expect

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in one of Zambia’s premier safari destinations

  • Fishing in one of the most pristine, fresh-water fisheries in Africa

  • Good stocks of tigerfish, nembwe, three-spot, pink bream, and many other species

  • Private fishing boats with personal skippers


  Day 1-6: Matoya Lodge, Zambia

You will meet up with the rest of your tour group at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg to fly to Livingstone International Airport in Zambia. You will then board your charter flight and fly directly to Lukulu Airstrip in Western Zambia. The flight from Livingstone to Lukulu is extremely scenic as you fly along the Zambezi River and over the Barotse floodplains.

The team from Matoya Lodge will be waiting to collect you and transfer you to your awaiting fishing boats on the Zambezi. After a quick 20-minute boat trip to Matoyal Lodge, you will check-in and settle into your rooms, and prepare for your early morning departure by getting your rods and reels prepared for one of the most pristine, fresh-water fisheries in Africa.

Much record-size fish have been caught in this area, and the waters hold good stocks of tigerfish, nembwe, three-spot, pink bream, and many other species. The Birdlife is also something to behold and can be enjoyed close-up whilst on the river fishing, or by walking along the river banks and floodplains.

Meals: Full board, including bottled water

  Day 7: Departure

On your final day, you will have an early breakfast, pack-up and transfer to the airstrip for your return flight back to Lanseria Airport, stopping over in Livingstone to clear customs out of Zambia. You will then fly directly from Livingstone Airport to Lanseria International in Johannesburg for your further travel arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast


  Matoya Lodge

Just a few minutes away from prime, trophy-tigerfish spots, Matoya Lodge’s comfortable, cool and spacious accommodation allows for a good night’s rest between the fishing action.

The rooms are all fitted with an air-conditioning unit and have two three-quarter beds with individual mosquito nets. Bathrooms are fitted with a washbasin, flushing toilet and shower with hot and cold water. Electricity is supplied to the lodge via a state-of-the-art solar system, which has a generator as back-up.


All prices are subject to change due to availability, season, number of guests and special requests.

It is advised that guests take out the necessary travel insurance to cover any costs of lost baggage, flight cancellations or curtailment. Navigate Africa Safaris cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred by airlines.

It is compulsory for guests to have comprehensive medical insurance to cover them for any medical costs that may result in injuries or illnesses.

All guests travelling with Navigate Africa Safaris are covered for emergency evacuation. Should there be a situation where you are ill or injured and the conditions are life threatening – we will arrange an emergency evacuation for you.


SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association)

BirdLife South Africa

** Terms & conditions apply **


  • Unlimited Fishing
  • Boat Snacks
  • Boat and Local Guide
  • Accommodation
  • 20 Liters of Fuel per boat per day
  • Bottled Water
  • international Airport Taxes
  • Return Private Charter Flights
  • Meals (As per Itinerary)
  • Laundry Services
  • Gratuities
  • Fishing Tackle
  • Drinks
  • All Items of Personal Nature
  • Meals not specified in Itinerary
  • Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Fuel

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