The lower Zambezi River offers anglers the opportunity to fish for Africas premier freshwater game fish, the Tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus), in some of Africas most majestic scenery. This particular area is known as the Zambezi River Valley and has proven to be one of the worlds premier fly fishing destinations for Tigerfish. The lower Zambezi starts below the famous Victoria Falls from where it flows below Lake Kariba through the Zambezi Valley and into Cahora Bassa. The valley is rich in birdlife with over 300 species being recorded making it a birders paradise. This largely undisturbed environment also plays host to unique flora such as the majestic Baobab trees that line the river banks. The lower Zambezi is one of Africas famed wilderness areas, so throwing a mighty-fly-crippling species like the Tigerfish into the equation and the results are sure to make it a trip of lifetime!
Over the years we have fished and guided the length of the Zambezi River searching for an affordable yet exclusive destination which offers anglers the opportunity to target trophy size Tigerfish. Panyame Concession covers the beautiful western corner of Mozambique, with the camp situated on the southern bank of the Zambezi River, approximately 13km downstream from the town of Zumbo, and roughly 15km downstream from the confluence of the Luangwa and Zambezi Rivers. This area is unique in that it offers anglers the opportunity to fish the river, the delta where the river spills into the lake, or the lake itself. The maze of channels and structure offer anglers infinite opportunities to target trophy size Tigerfish irrespective of weather conditions or water levelsand the concentration of trophy size fish is legendary to say the least.
An extremely comfortable lodge set in a truly majestic African setting, Panyame caters for up to eight anglers in a warm and hospitable environment. All guests are housed in spacious safari style tented chalets each containing two double beds, en-suite bathroom and shower which have a constant supply of hot water. All beds have a mosquito net which can be untied and draped over the bed before going to bed. The large central dining area forms the backdrop for many memorable evening meals, with the comfortable lounge area providing the perfect atmosphere for a quiet drink and discussing the following days fishing. When temperatures begin to rise there is also the bonus of a well maintained pool over looking the mighty Zambezi for those wanting to refresh themselves before their fishing sessions.
During a days fishing, clients will be able to see Hippo and Crocodile in the river and on the banks of the numerous islands. Other game such as Buffalo, Kudu, Bushbuck, Warthog, Grysbok and sometimes Elephant can at times also be seen whilst fishing.Meal times revolve around the fishing sessions, with pre-packed sandwiches being the norm when heading out early. On returning from the morning session anglers will receive a tasty brunch/ lunch. Dinner is held in the dining room where delicious three course meals are served.
To many anglers the Tigerfish is the epitome of Africas freshwater game fish species. It must rate as one of the fastest freshwater species in the world, if not the fastest. Combine the speed of the fish and the ferocity with which it attack a fly with the rugged wild environment in which they occur and you have a first-class game fishing experience.
The fishing area of Panyame covers the headwaters of Lake Cahora Bassa, where the mighty Zambezi River slows down and spreads out into various channels which run into the lake, some of them varying in width from 100m to 2km. Huge islands of up to 100 hectares which are covered by reed beds are also situated in the main channel, these form large floodplains, with the edges providing ideal cover for baitfish and hence attract large numbers of Tigerfish. The channels between these islands are also made up of huge glides which are interspersed by sandbars and various other forms of structure, again creating ideal Tigerfish habitat. This truly unique section of water has formed a prime Tigerfish feeding ground. Further upstream the river forms a gorge with very little structure and lower downstream the dam has no flow, concentrating the huge numbers of feeding Tigerfish in the area around Panyame. Best of all, there are no long boat rides required to get to the fishing grounds! Eighty percent of the fishing sessions are conducted within five kilometres from camp.
The average size fish in this section of the Zambezi is an extremely credible 6lbs, with of fish between 10 and 14lbs being weighed on a regular basis. During our 2009 season the largest fish weighed in at an impressive 19lbs 1oz.
All the fishing is done from boats, firstly allowing anglers the opportunity to drift and fish through some of the most spectacular scenery Africa has to offer, and secondly due to numerous hippos and crocodiles which call this section of the Zambezi home.Panyame utilises the services of four professional and internationally experienced FlyCastaway fly fishing guides, ensuring all guests experience the most this tremendous fishery has to offer.
Cost: ZAR 23 000.00 per person sharing ex Harare, Zimbabwe (Price subject to change)
Single supplement: Available
Max Pax: 8 anglers (2 anglers to 1 guide & boat)
- Full board and accommodation at Panyame Camp based on two people sharing.
- Return charter flight on Cessna 206/ Chieftain: Harare Kanyemba Harare
- Ground transfers
- Six days fully guided fishing based on two rods to a guide & boat.
- Boats & fuel
- Local alcoholic beers, soft drinks & water.
- International flights from your home to Harare, Zimbabwe
- Meals and accommodation in Harare or any other en route cities
- Spirits, wine, items of a personal nature. Although there is a selection of wine and spirits for sale at the lodge, guests are more than welcome to bring a bottle or two of their preferred choice (no corkage fee).
- Gratuities to guides and camp staff.
- Travel & medical insurance.
45 minute road transfer from Kanyemba, Zimbabwe to the lodge (most of which is through the concession)
Guests need to fly into Harare, Zimbabwe. This is followed by a scheduled 1 hour charter flight to Kanyemba and then finally a 45 road transfer to the lodge.
Tigerfish & Vundu
Season: June – October
During the first part of the season (June – Aug), temperatures range between 25 – 30C. During the second part of the season (September Oct) temperatures range between 30 – 35C.
4 x 18ft aluminium boats (specifically designed for fly fishing the Zambezi River). Which carry 1 x 100HP Yamaha engine along with live wells, depth finders etc.
GMT + 2.
Flight time from the UK: 11 Hours
UK, US, EU & USSR passport holders will need a double entry visa for Zimbabwe prior departure as they will have to re-enter Zimbabwe after the trip. Passport holders from these countries will also require a single entry visa when entering Mozambique.
All travellers are required to pay US$10 departure tax when catching the charter flight from Harare to Kanyemba. All travellers entering Mozambique are required to pay US$20 entry tax.
Medical & Health Requirements
Mandatory medical evacuation insurance. A Yellows Fever certificate is required if traveling from infected areas. Malaria is present throughout the year and contacting your local physician regarding prophylactics before departing on the trip is advised.
The currency of Mozambique is New Metical (MZN). In saying this, US Dollars or South African Rand are the preferred currency for gratuities and expenditure at the lodge. It is advisable to carry cash in small note denominations.
Although Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique, all camp and fishing staff speak English.
There is cell phone network coverage in camp and all the waters fished from camp, therefore clients networks can be switched to international roaming.
Tackle & Gear
Single-handed 9ft #8 or #9wt & 12wt saltwater outfits with matching tropical floating lines. The lodge will have 8 x 9 weight G-Loomis Crosscurrent Fly Rods and Shilton SL6 Reels which can be rented on a weekly basis. A comprehensive tackle and gear list along with an order form (should you wish to purchase your tackle through us) is issued after your booking has been confirmed. The guides in camp will also carry limited stock of suitable flies and other terminal tackle, should you run out.