Immerse yourself in the wilds of Africa and fly fish for tigerfish on the mighty Zambezi river, all the while surrounded by some of the continent's most iconic and spectacular wildlife.
Ngombe Zambezi River Lodge is situated in the heart of the wild and beautiful Barotseland region of Zambia, the traditional home of the Lozi people, and offers guests the opportunity to fish for the magnificent tigerfish in a truly unspoiled African setting.
Here, the Zambezi River is untouched by civilisation and is crisscrossed only by mokoros (dugout canoes), hippos and crocodiles. The occasional motorboat with an adventurous fisherman looking for a big tigerfish is still a rare sight here. The Kaale rapids, a short distance up the river from the lodge, provides a stunning venue for the keen fly-fisher targeting tigerfish and yellowfish. The tigerfish is an apex predator that is found throughout the 2,200-mile long Zambezi River, known for its striking appearance and fearsome set of teeth which it uses to hunt other fish, including members of its own species.
Fly fishing for tigerfish at Ngombe Zambezi Lodge is either done from a drifting boat, with flies cast towards structure, or by anchoring up and searching the depths with fast sinking lines. Anglers must vary their retrieve to suit the mood of the fish on any given day and this can range from a slow draw, bumping the fly along the riverbed, to a fast roly-poly to pull your fly quickly through the water column. Tigerfish hit flies hard and setting the hook with a good, strong ‘strip-strike’ is essential. After you’ve set the hook, the battle begins…
In addition to its wonderful fly fishing opportunities, the area is also home to spectacular wildlife and you can expect sightings of hippos, crocodiles, lions, elephants, wild dogs, wildebeest, lechwe, tsessebe and roan, in addition to an array of bird species. The nearby Sioma Falls and Liuwa Plains National Park, where the second largest antelope migration after the Serengeti occurs annually, add to the area’s incredible natural charm.