Barotse Tiger Camp

Overview

The Barotse Tiger Camp rests gracefully upon the eastern bank of the magnificent Zambezi River, opposite the Liuwa Plains National Park, within a picturesque bush setting.

The main tented area offers guests an opulent and relaxing fusion of Afro-colonial chic, comprising a stylish bar and lounge tent and separate dining tent. This is the perfect setting in which to relax and enjoy sun-downers and fine cuisine prepared by our in-house chef after a long day of fishing on the Zambezi River.

Each of the six sumptuous river-front tents is discretely situated within their own private setting, with unforgettable views across the Zambezi River and the Barotse Flood-plain. The well-appointed tented accommodation is available with single or double beds, with each tent having en-suite bathroom facilities. All beds are fitted with unobtrusive mosquito nets and the plush bathrooms offer guests hot and cold running water, flush toilets, marble basins and private out-door showers.

The resident chef Simon uses the finest fresh ingredients to create a fusion of traditional and contemporary cuisine. Lunch need not interrupt a good day’s fishing. Take a gourmet picnic lunch with you, or we’ll meet you on the river for a full banquet complete with white linen tableware.

The fishing

The extremely abundant eco-system exists due to the remoteness of Barotseland. The clear, pristine stretches of river in the Barotse region consist of myriad islands, lagoons and channels which combine to create an idyllic setting – and world-class freshwater fishing conditions.

Fishing excursions at Barotse Tiger Camp are the order of the day along the river banks in customized 18 ft aluminum boats powered by 60hp Mercury 4 stroke motors and equipped with GPS fish finder combo’s, especially designed for anglers. Comfortably accommodating two fly fishermen, each boat is skippered by one of our knowledgeable and experienced local river guides.

During the summer rains the Zambezi River swells, flooding the extensive low lying floodplains. When this happens, the fish move into the shallow waters of the flooded grasslands and reed beds to breed all sorts of species from catfish, various barbus and tilapia species and many other baitfish such as minnows, robbers, churchills and bulldogs. The water slowly recedes after the rains. From May July the last water is drying up or being forced back into the main channel by the dropping of the water level. With the receding water come the fry and small fish which are forced into the channels. The tiger know of this phenomenon and take advantage of it. Trophy tigers are plentiful and feeding frenzies abound. For the angler this is known as tiger fever time…

Teeming with huge schools of fish, particularly tiger-fish and several species of bream, including threespot and nembwe, daily excursions deliver action and excitement.The tiger-fish of Bartoseland are undoubtedly among the biggest in the world and this region boasts most of the IGFA records. The feisty tiger-fish never disappoint with their acrobatic and powerful runs and the thrill of regularly hooking and landing trophy tiger-fish, is a truly exhilarating experience!

Details

Cost:
$350per person per night sharing

Location:
Just south of Lukulu in Western Zambia

Max Pax:
10 pax sharing boats and accommodation

Included:

  • All accommodation
  • All meals daily (tea and coffee)
  • Laundry service
  • Boats (unlimited fishing)
  • Professional Guides

Excluded:

  • Fuel
  • Drinks
  • International departure tax
  • Domestic departure tax
  • International flights
  • Local Charter flights

Getting there:
Guest can fly commercially to Lusaka or Livingston in Zambia from where a charter can be arranged. Alternatively FlyCastaway will arrange a private charter from Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa to camp.

Target Species:

  • Tigerfish (Hydrocynus Vittatus)
  • Various bream species

Fishing season & Weather:
Fishing season is May to early November. Southern hemisphere winter month can be chilly (May to Aug), especially in the mornings on the river. Towards the summer months (Sept Nov) daytime temperatures can soar well over 30 centigrade and it can be very hot.

Pre trip

Time difference:
GMT +02:00 (same as time zone as South Africa)
Flight time:

  • Jhb Livingston 01h45
  • Livingston Lukulu 01h00 01h30 depending on aircraft

Passports & Visa requirements: 

    A passport valid for at least 6 months is required for all foreign guests entering Zambia

  • United States and British citizens must obtain a visa to visit Zambia.
  • South African passport holders do not need a visa to visit Zambia

Medical & Health Requirements:
The camp is situated in a Malaria area, please consult with your local physician regarding the best prophylactics.

Currency:
USD$ is accepted in camp. The local currency in Zambia is the Kwacha

Language:
The official language in Zambia is English, and all camp staff is fluent in English

Satellite Phone & Communications:
There is limited cell phone reception in camp, no internet access.

Tackle & Gear: 
8 9 wt fast action fly rods with matching large arbor reels and fast sinking lines, intermediate lines can also come in handy on certain occasions. Flies consist of clouser minnows and brush flies tied onto nr 3 piano wire bite tippets.

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