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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

The tiger fish is regarded as the finest freshwater fighting fish in the world, and the Zambezi is arguably the best place to catch them.

Daily fishing safaris set off into the calm waters above the Falls (or amid the rapids of the Batoka Gorge), and expert local guides induct you into the wily ways of hooking this fearsome predator. Even if you’re not a fisherperson, it’s a pleasure being out on the water.

Price from: £85
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around
Duration: 5+ hours

Getting there & doing it

Trips depart from launch points upstream of the Falls, with about half a day spent on the river. Rates usually include transfers from your hotel. All tackle and equipment are provided along with refreshments. A high-factor sunscreen and hat are essential. No prior fishing experience is necessary. Most operators follow a catch-and-release policy.

When to do it

Tours run all year round, seven days a week, with departures either early morning or early afternoon.

Tiger fish are most active – and easier to catch – in the warm summer months between October and March.

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Tongabezi Lodge

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia[6.9 miles]

Charming riverside lodge with romantic thatched open-plan villas, personal service and top-notch activities.

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Matetsi Victoria Falls

Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[15.2 miles]

Set 45-minutes’ drive upstream from the Falls in 50,000-hectare private wilderness concession, on the Zambezi, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers a perfect mix of aquatic adventure and safari escapism.

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Victoria Falls River Lodge

Zambezi National Park, Matabeleland North, Central African Republic (CAR)[16.5 miles]

A contemporary, luxury lodge in an enviable location on the banks of the Zambezi River, a short way upstream from the Victoria Falls.

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Town, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe[21.2 miles]

Modern safari-themed lodge offering easy access to the falls, and plenty of peace and quiet.

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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The world-famous Victoria Falls is also Africa’s adventure playground, offering an array of brilliant adrenalin-packed adventure activities plus Big Five safaris.

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Cruise on the Zambezi

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[20.7 miles]

Scenic cruises and game spotting on one of Africa’s greatest rivers, just made for sundowners.

Best for ages: 4+ | £35 | 1+ hours

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Royal Livingstone Express

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia[23 miles]

Fine-dining aboard a lovely colonial-era steam train as it chuffs for 15km through the game-rich Zambian bush.

Best for ages: 13+ | £150 | 4 hours

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Best for ages: 13+ | £10 | 2-4 hours

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Afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel

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Dating back to 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel occupies a dramatic promontory above the Batoka Gorge. It’s a view best enjoyed over the decadent platters served for afternoon tea, a much-loved tradition.

Best for ages: 13+ | £15 | 1-2 hours

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