The Kwamashi Experience
Every year we run our Barotse mobile fishing safaris on remote and exclusive rivers in Zambia’s Western Province. These rivers offer some of the finest tiger and bream fishing available in Southern Africa. In March and April 2020, we will be hosting 6 groups in the far western reaches of the Kwando River. Here we will be setting up our traditional mobile fishing safari camp with all the creature comforts on a private piece of land on the floodplain. Details of this experience can be seen below
March – April 2020
4 or 5 nights
Max 8 people
Number of Groups
Accommodation & Fishing Details
Accommodation will be in mobile safari camps which are built up from scratch every year and then broken down completely at the end of the season. Each angler will have their own 3m x 3m bow tent with a proper bed, linen, towelling, bedside tables and solar lanterns. The 2 ablution blocks are equipped with hot water, high pressure showers, sinks and flushing toilets. We dine beneath the stars and trees and our “lounge” remains the ring of comfy lounge safari chairs around the roaring fire looking over the floodplain.
A Typical Day
Early morning coffee around the campfire as the hornbills leave their floodplain roosting spots is enjoyed before you get on the boats (loaded with ice cold drinks and packed lunches) and head onto the main channel of the Kwando or Mashi river. Your guide will then find a promising bend and you can start drifting silently fishing towards the structure or work a quiet backwater for bream. Groups can either return for brunch and a snooze or enjoy a full day exploring this wonderful fishing wilderness and untouched waters accompanied by numerous different bird species. We return to camp before last light, enjoy showers and dinner beneath the African stars.
Fishing for Tigerfish
July 2015 was the first time this part of the river called the “Kwamashi” by locals was ever fished and it was superb. All our guests commented on how much harder and longer the tigers fought for when compared to the Zambezi tigers.
However, it is important to note that this is not a MONSTER tigerfish destination (ie. unlikely to find fish over 15 lbs). What it does offer is fantastic, consistent action for hard fighting fish in the 6-14 lb range who are very keen on lures and flies with Fat Raps and Effzetts being very effective.
Fishing for Bream
The bream fishing is excellent with good catches of nembwe, 3 spot, thinface, humpback and redbreast bream all recorded. An ideal venue for fishing with lures, spinners and fly. We have had 4 boats enter the “100 Club” – over 100lbs of fish caught on lures or fly off one boat in one fishing day and one boat in 2015 caught over 40 bream on lures and spinners on a single day
Fishing Tackle Requirements
We offer the attached list of suggested extras as a guideline, based on 15 years of fishing observations. New trends, equipment and items should always be considered.
View your Fishing Tackle Requirements here.
Where does it take place?
The Kwamashi fishing safari takes place on the Kwando River – located in the south western region of Barotseland.
Sioma is accessed from Mutemwa Lodge – which is the base for Royal Barotse Safaris. Theres are 3 ways of getting to Mutemwa:
Fly to Mutemwa Airstrip
Fly in via charter plane from Livingstone, Zambia OR Lanseria, South Africa to Mutemwa Airstrip.
Drive in from Livingstone or Kasane Airports to the lodge after connecting with the daily commercial flights offered by SAA or BA.
Fly to Katima Mulilo
Fly in via charter plane from Lanseria, South Africa to Katima Mulilo.
15 – 20 March
21 – 26 March
27 – 31 March
1 – 6 April
7 – 11 April
12 – 17 April