A 3, 4 or 5 night tiger fishing & wildlife Safari at Potato Bush Camp or Sausage Tree Camps

Brief Safari Overview

Dates: April, October. November   |   Group size: 10 anglers

This trip based on private camp occupancy (based on 10 people) and fishing from 4 - 7 boats.

Day 1: Johannesburg - Lusaka - Lower Zambezi NP

Arrival in Lower Zambezi National Park

Your Lower Zambezi Fishing Safari begins today and we suggest that you connect with the check in at 08.30am for a 10.30am departure on SAA 62 from OR Tambo International to Lusaka International Airport (this ticket is not included in the price but can be added if required). After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, your charter pilots will meet you for the charter into the Lower Zambezi National Park. Any passengers travelling on non SADC passports will need to purchase a VISA (current price is USD 5O per person).

Day 2 - 5: lower zambezi national park

Potato Bush Camp or Sausage Tree Camp

A typical morning in the Lower Zambezi begins with early morning tea and coffee and oats porridge before heading out for some fishing on the Zambezi River. Full day trips with packed lunches are available as well. Alternatively, guests wishing to enjoy a game drive, safari walk, canoe trip or boat cruise need simply speak to the hosts to arrange these activities.

Return for brunch at Potato Bush or Sausage Tree and thereafter, there is time for an afternoon siesta or relaxing time around the pool.You will meet again on the deck for high tea before departing for your afternoon’s fishing or safari activity.

Return after sunset in the evening for a shower before meeting around a roaring fire for drinks followed by dinner.

day 2 - 5: lower zambezi national park

Fishing the Lower Zambezi

The Lower Zambezi is at best from a fishing perspective from September through to early December with April being a good month as well. Although fish can be caught throughout the year, these are the preferred months when the water is nice and warm.

The Lower Zambezi fishing experience is usually enjoyed by using a mixture of drift baiting and spinning. Drifting with tiger fillets or chessa fillets can be very productive and anglers need to wait for the fish to pick up run with the bait a bit before setting the hook. The wide channels and sandy drop offs make for ideal drift bait structure. Spinning is also a very good means of targeting tigerfish and casting plastic lures and spinners like the Tiger Spinner Copper and Red or Fire Tiger has always yielded great results. Of course the classic effzett copper spoon is also very effective for spinning as well. Lures should not exceed 9cm or dive too deep. Fly fishing can also be very productive with a fast sinking lines getting flies into the structure and over the drops offs quickly. The preferred colours for flies tend to vary from season to season.

Tiger fish are the dominant fish species here and have been caught up to 20lbs while there are also fantastic catches of vundu possible. Other notable species include chessa, bream and nkupe.

days 2 - 5: Lower zambezi national park

Safari Activities on offer

The best part about a visit to Sausage Tree and Potato Bush Camps is that they are located within the Lower Zambezi National Park and therefore, their fishing and wildlife encounters are far superior to those venues outside the Park and all park fees are included in the price. In addition to this, directly opposite the camps is Mana Pools National Park and therefore, you have protected wildlife land and fishing waters both up and downstream camp and on both sides of the river. Included in the rates are all game drives, canoe safaris, bush walks and boat cruises. At any point, you simply need to speak to your hosts and arrange these activities if you wish to do these instead of fishing.

Day 5: LOWER ZAMBEZI national park - JOHANNESBURG

Final Day and Departure

Following coffee and the morning’s activity, you will be able to enjoy a final breakfast.At 11.00am you will enjoy a final boat cruise followed by a game drive to meet your plane which will be waiting to depart at 11.45 for your 30 minute charter flight back to Lusaka. Thereafter, you will connect with your international flights homeward.

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

Total Cost:

3, 4 or 5 night packages available
  • Includes:
  • ● All accommodation including brunch, high tea and dinner ● All fishing and safari activities ● All park fees, laundry, return charter flights and wifi. ● Package available at Potato Bush Camp and Sausage Tree Signature Suites from the 15th October through December until the end of May.
  • Excludes:
  • ● Fly fishing equipment ● All Drinks ● Travel Insurance ● International flights
Email James to enquire about this safari