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Fishing Lodge

Nestled in grassy wetland enclaves, the environmentally friendly Matoya Fishing Lodge offers comfortable accommodation and an exceptional dining experience to fishermen who dare to brave the beasts of the Barotse. The lodge operates annually from August until November.


The Barotse Floodplains

A game fisherman’s greatest challenge

In the far western regions of Zambia, there is a fishery offering the finest freshwater sport fishing in Southern Africa. This fishery is known as the Barotse Floodplains and is not for the faint-hearted. The fishery is remote, difficult to access, and reserved for only the keenest and most experienced of fishermen. Those who make tiger fishing look easy, and aren’t afraid to show the big boys of the Barotse who’s boss.

Catch your trophy tiger

The tigers of the Barotse Floodplains are notorious for being the biggest, baddest and hardest-fighting tigerfish in Southern Africa, making Matoya the ideal tiger fishing destination for reeling in your personal best.

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Spend time in nature

The Barotse fishery is rich in biodiversity, supporting many species of indigenous plants and showcasing more than 300 species of birds, including waterfowl, raptors, hornbills, heron, fly-catchers, bee-eaters, the shy African Fin-foot, and the famous African fish eagle.

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Fish with quality equipment

Go tiger fishing on one of the seven flat-decked carpeted boats, with an environmentally friendly four-stroke motor, live well and depth finder. Our guides are able to teach and assist both inexperienced, as well as experienced anglers. They will ensure that the correct tackle is being used and assist with the setting up of rods and tackle, courtesy of Matoya Fishing Lodge.

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Reel in a bream

The Barotse Floodplains are home to some of the largest nembwe, humpback largemouth and thin-face largemouth in Africa, as well as enormous three-spot bream and pink happies.

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Relax in beautiful accommodation

Seven spacious river-facing chalets, superb dining, and a well-stocked bar – need we say more?

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