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Fishing for tiger fish

Last updated: 04 April, 2024

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.