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- BirdLife South Africa
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Spend four nights at Royal Zambezi Lodge, on the banks of the Lower Zambezi in the Chiawa Game Management area – right next to the Lower Zambezi National Park. Enjoy three full days fishing for the elusive tigerfish, as well as so many other species. The Royal Zambezi Lodge is fully equipped and ready for all types of fishermen, with perfectly suited fishing boats for spin-, fly- or conventional anglers. Each outing is accompanied by well-trained guides who will take you into the national park to some of the most productive areas of the river.
Here you will find the most sort after sports fish in the river – the tigerfish. Average sizes here range between four and twelve pounds, however, some big 20-pound tigers are known to lurk around these waters. All fishing is catch-and-release, and special care must be taken to handle these apex predators.
Another special fish in the river is the vundu – catfish which grow up to 80 pounds! Other species of fish include chessa, nkupe, cornish jack, bottlenose, niloticus tilapia and even more.
This tour also combines fishing with African wildlife because of its proximity to the national park. You can get up close to the animals on the river by boat or canoe, or take a game drive into the park and surrounding game management areas. This exciting park is home to a large quantity of leopard who are frequently seen on the river’s edge, and also includes lion, large herds of elephant and buffalo, hippo, kudu, sable, reedbuck, waterbuck, impala, warthog and a plethora of other species.
This trip is suited to the serious fisherman, beginner, or even those that are keen to learn.
What to Expect
- 4 nights’ accommodation at one of Zambia’s premier safari destinations
- Access to private fishing boats
- The company of an experienced guide
- Big Five game viewing
- Game drives and other activities on offer
- Various transport options available on request
Day 1 – 5: Royal Zambezi Lodge, Lower Zambezi
From Lusaka International Airport, you will be catching a Proflight charter to the Royal Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi where you will be collected and transferred to the Royal Zambezi Lodge.
After you’ve checked into your room, you will be able to fish, relax or explore at your own leisure.
Each day you will journey out for a sunrise fishing session, and then head back to camp for brunch or lunch. After that, you can rest and prepare your tackle for the afternoon and evening’s fishing.
While fishing, you can also enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Zambezi escarpment, with the beautiful bush and riparian forests alongside the rivers edge. Fish eagles, vultures, bateleurs and many other raptors are commonly seen circling in the skies above, while kingfishers sit on the river banks in wait.
Meals: Full board, including local drinks
Day 5: Departure
Wake up early, grab a cup of coffee and get one last cast in before breakfast to soak in your surroundings before you begin your return journey. After breakfast you will head to the Royal Airstrip for your scheduled charter back to Lusaka International Airport and your further travel arrangements.
Royal Zambezi Lodge
Royal Zambezi Lodge is the perfect combination of style and comfort in an unspoiled bush environment. Each unit offers a fully netted, canvas tent under a thatched canopy, with a king-size bed, sofas and fire place, leading onto an airy deck.
The lodge is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, just minutes from the Lower Zambezi National Park, and directly opposite Zimbabwe’s famous Mana Pools World Heritage Site.
The lodge also offers a wide range of activities from game viewing, canoeing, and fishing. Or if you want to relax – there is also the award-winning Royal Bush Spa, swimming pool, and famous Sausage Tree bar that sits over the river.
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
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