Property Portfolio: Zambia



Amanzi Lodge is quite literally the last lodge on the left as you travel downstream of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Tucked away on a narrow channel off the main river, the lodge is a far cry from the usual bustling park accommodations, and gave me a sense of what the area was like before development took place. 

The luxury tented camp has everything you would ever need in this beautiful wilderness, and effortlessly blends into its surroundings. To me, this is the closest one can get to a truly authentic African bush experience. 

The Tigerfish of the Zambezi River have reached legendary status over the years, and Amanzi lodge is well equipped to target these denizens. Expert guides and comfortable boats make for the perfect fishing platform, regardless of choice of bait, lure or fly fishing, all you have to do is cast your line and hold tight, the rest is taken care of.

Last one on the left

As we meandered our way down the Zambezi River through the beauty and splendour that is the Lower Zambezi National Park, I could not help but wonder what this round of adventure had in store for our motley crew of fishing rod and camera-wielding travellers. 

Baines River Camp

baines river camp

Very few fishing destinations come close to the beauty and splendor of the lower Zambezi. Imagine drifting down one of the most iconic rivers in the world, Elephants wading through the water and lions basking on sand banks, all while a trophy Tigerfish is leaping out the river on the end of your line.

Baines River Camp, located in Zambia along the banks of the Zambezi River, offers visitors a chance to explore one of Africa’s last remaining true wilderness areas.

From the lodge, anglers board spacious aluminum boats at sunrise and set out to hunt for the denizens of the Zambezi River. The boats and guides are fully equipped for bait, lure, and fly fishing, while offering a safe platform to target monster Tigerfish. The water is occupied by hippos and crocodiles, so the safety of the anglers is the number one priority.

The accommodation at Baines’ is not just a roof over your head, it is an experience in itself. The exquisite suites and tasteful main area have been built to feature as highlight of your stay. This is where you come to relax and unwind after a day of adventure.


The Baines Of My Life

Once a year we drag our wives, kicking and screaming from the comfort of their kitchens, on a film shoot to an exotic and luxurious destination like Seychelles or the islands of Mozambique.

Matoya Fishing Lodge

matoya fishing lodge

A ten pounder in Tigerfish terms is still widely regarded as the benchmark for a trophy fish… 


On the Barotse floodplains, ten pounds is the average size fish you will encounter.

Matoya fishing lodge is remotely situated in the western province of Zambia and in the heart of Barotseland. Here, there are more 20-pound African Tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) successfully caught and released annually, than anywhere else on the mighty Zambezi River.

In short, if it’s monster Tigers that you are after, look no further. The Matoya fleet of comfortable, flat deck boats are the perfect platform for bait, lure, and fly fishing. And with an expert team of guides, intimately familiar with every inch of their fishing grounds, you are all but guaranteed to walk away with a trophy Tigerfish.

Bream species are the hidden gems of the Barotse fishery. Nembwe, Three Spot Bream, and Humpback Largemouth are caught on a regular basis and 6-to-8-pound trophy specimen are not uncommon.

Majestic Matoya

Inside Angling and Wildfly recently did a trip to Matoya Lodge in Zambia. Matoya is in the Barotse floodplains area, in Western Zambia, and is one of my favourite parts of the Zambezi River. I have put together a daily report on the trip...

Nkamba Bay Lodge

nkamba bay lodge

The great Rift Valley and its lakes are home to over 350 species of fish and Lake Tanganyika stands alone as a crystal-clear fresh water in which you can target all of the gamefish species to be found in this prehistoric system. 

It’s famous for its massive perch, reaching over 100 pounds, but is also renowned for the schooling Emperor Ciclid/Nkupe, resident Tiger fish, and Bream. All readily willing to take a lure or fly. With the kaleidoscope of colours you see of fish at every turn, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’re fishing a coral atoll, and the African bush shoreline with resident wildlife makes this a very surreal experience.

It’s the longest and 2nd deepest lake in the world, which means you have to select where you stay very carefully. Nkamba Bay Lodge is situated inside the Nsumbu National Park in Zambia, so it is a protected area and ideal for recreational fishing. 

The completely refurbished stone lodge is well appointed and boasts exceptionally comfortable accommodation, with all the amenities one would expect from a first-rate operation. It is a very unique destination that offers an exclusive experience.


Fresh Water Ocean

More often than not our motivation for travelling to any fishing destination is the size of the fish, our desire to hold a trophy aloft being the underlying driving force.Yet the fight in any fish will always trump girth and this is generally dictated by it’s environment...

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