A 4 night tiger fishing safari in the Kwamashi Floodplains, Western Zambia

Brief Safari Overview

Dates: 5 groups in October 2017 |   Group size: 8 anglers

Running for the first time in October, this untapped fishery in Western Zambia has produced some of our best bream as well as great tiger fish on light tackle.

Day 1: LANSERIA - SHANGOMBO

Arrival in Kwamashi

The Kwamashi fishing safari takes place on the Kwando River - located in the south western region of Barotseland. Groups of 8 people will be able to fly in from Lanseria (via Livingstone) although options to drive in or fly from Lusaka are possible for exclusive group bookings.

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

Day 2 - 5: Kwamashi floodplains

A typical day on the Kwando River

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 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.

day 2 - 5: kwamashi floodplains

Fishing for tiger fish

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 15lbs). 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.

days 2 - 5: Kwamashi Floodplains

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 Required

PROVIDED IN CAMP

Basic bait fishing rods

SUGGESTED EXTRAS TO BRING

Shimano Tiger Tamer is a good option. 8/9 weight fast action fly rod

PROVIDED IN CAMP

Basic coffee grinders – Shimano. No fly reels.

SUGGESTED EXTRAS TO BRING

A worthwhile extra to bring or buy – we recommend a good drag system that can fight fish under tension. Large arbour, smooth drag fly reel.

PROVIDED IN CAMP

#4 Piano wire and #10 power swivels.

SUGGESTED EXTRAS TO BRING

35lb Knot 2 Kinky – a very good knot-able wire that doesn’t kink. #10 power swivels.

PROVIDED IN CAMP

9cm & 11cm Rapala floating magnums

SUGGESTED EXTRAS TO BRING

Additional rapalas (X-Rap range) or a new brand like the

Oarsome Oargee’s.

PROVIDED IN CAMP

20-25lb nylon monofilament. No fly lines.

SUGGESTED EXTRAS TO BRING

Braid if you prefer this – we recommend Power Pro of about 40lb strength. 8/9 weight fast sinking or fast sinking tip fly line.

PROVIDED IN CAMP

A small selection of effzetts.

SUGGESTED EXTRAS TO BRING

18g and 22g double bladed copper effzetts.

PROVIDED IN CAMP

A small selection of Mepps

SUGGESTED EXTRAS TO BRING

Mepps or Tiger Spinners

PROVIDED IN CAMP

None provided.

SUGGESTED EXTRAS TO BRING

Heavily weighted, sparsely dressed flies like clousers or whistlers in natural colours with a bit of flash.

PROVIDED IN CAMP

Bait hooks provided.

SUGGESTED EXTRAS TO BRING

Live bait traces

Day 5: kwamashi - shangombo - lanseria

Final Day and Departure

TOTAL COST:

4 night packages available.

5 Group of 8 – 10 people in October 2017

Group 1: 3 – 7 October
Group 2: 8 – 12 October
Group 3: 13 – 17 October
Group 4: 18 – 22 October
Group 5: 23 – 27 October
Email James to enquire about this safari