With the trend of bucket list travel on the uptick, there’s never been a better time to make all your tiger fishing dreams come true.
The best time for tiger fishing
“During the annual floods in the beginning of the year, the floodplains are saturated upriver, resulting in the river replenishing its fish stocks with fingerlings,” says Kate Powell, General Manager, Marketing, Sales and Reservations for the Zambezi Queen Collection, that offers unique river safaris on the Chobe River. “The tiger fish take full advantage of the extra food which can create incredible tiger frenzies during the winter months from June up until November.”
Where to stay
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge nestled on Impalila Island in Namibia is a favourite with families, groups and those looking to catch a big one. You can also choose to stay on board one of the Chobe Princess houseboats, all of which offer smaller “tender” boats and greater flexibility when it comes to your fishing itinerary. If you choose to stay on the Zambezi Queen, we’ll do our best to accommodate a fishing trip wherever possible.
Thanks to our unique location, we offer excellent fishing safaris all year round – from the annual floods starting in March to the feeding frenzies in the winter months. Wondering when to visit us? Check out our fishing calendar.
What to bring
Having the right fishing equipment is key to a successful fishing trip, and we’ve got you covered. Our experienced guides understand the importance of having quality gear, which is why we provide all the conventional equipment you’ll need for your excursion.
Our all-inclusive rate includes all the conventional fishing gear you’ll need, such as rods, lures, lines, and reels. However, when it comes to fly fishing, the equipment varies greatly based on personal preferences. If you plan to engage in fly fishing during your visit, we recommend bringing your own gear, as we do not provide fly fishing equipment. This way, you can have a tailored experience that suits your preferences.
So, whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner, rest assured that our equipment will meet your needs.
There are other fish in the Chobe
Another exciting catch you can make at our lodge is the enormous catfish or barbel. In addition to these Chobe fish, the African pike, carp and Zambezi yellow fish are also worth looking out for. All fishing done with the Zambezi Queen Collection is strictly on a catch and release basis only.
And if you’re not into fishing? There’s lots more to enjoy:
If you’ve ever seen the golden light of the Chobe, you’ll know what we’re talking about. The Zambezi Queen Collection’s photographic safari boat with custom-designed swivel chairs gives you greater stability and 360-degree views for a wider range of subject matter and you’ll have your own experienced safari guide who’ll help you find that perfect shot!
Spot African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African finfoot as well as cattle egrets, fish eagles, open-billed storks, lesser-striped swallows, pied kingfishers and the striking carmine bee-eater.
Game viewing on the Chobe River is at its most exceptional from March to November when the weather is drier and the animals are more mobile as they search for food and water. Summer and spring also offer unique opportunities as you witness the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season.
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There are a few logistics you’ll need to organise before you leave – like deciding where and when to go, how to get there, and what you’ll need to bring with you. You’ll find useful information about the Chobe National Park area, as well as facts on visa and border entry requirements, transport, weather, what to pack and more here. If you have any other questions, send us an email or call us and we’ll help you as best we can.
We’re offering an incredible special offer for those eager to take the bait and tick off a trip to the Chobe River on their bucket list! View our specials here.