How about a fishing trip?
There are so many wonderful fishing spots in Zambia. We are so blessed to have so many large rivers and lakes that we are really spoiled for choice. One of the lesser known areas is the eastern part of Lower Zambezi National Park. This remote stretch of the river is really a wondrous part of Zambia and it seems few people go there. This pristine wilderness offers a wealth of opportunities to watch the wildlife from the river, as well as fabulous fishing experiences. Birding is amazing, and those keen on photography will benefit from a visit to this area. The eerie silence of the Mpata Gorge immerses you into the natural surroundings and the redcliffs that loom over both sides of the river are truly a sight to behold. These are especially accentuated at sunset.
This part of the Lower Zambezi National Park is extremely remote. The river and surrounding areas are so peaceful and you really have the place to yourself. Other boats on the river are a rare occurance when compared to the Western edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park.
You can spend tranquil days just watching the river running by, or spend them in a boat fishing, which can get quite hectic if the fish are on the bite! The capable guides from the lodges in the area will ensure that you do catch a fish. They will be able to help those that are not experienced, as well as giving tips to those that are!
The main attraction to this part of the Zambezi is fishing, and indeed, it is great. Whether you are after many species, or just that elusive large tiger, this are is where you need to go. Species that occur in this stretch of river include Tiger Fish, Cornish Jack, Elephant Fish, Barbel, Vundu, Electric Catfish, Bream and Squeaker to name a few.
Fishing in this area is on a strict catch and release basis. This is usually an easy task, but with the Cornish Jack it is not always the case. They are bottom feeders and give a good fight as they come up from the depths. Trying to get them back down takes time and patience, but they usually do eventually return to their comfort zone.
Whilst on the river, you will also be able to spot wild life. There are lots of crocs, hippo and ellies, however the keen eye can also get lucky and spot the resident big cat population, which include lions and leopards. Along with the abundance of riverine birdlife the biodiversity of this area is a testament to the remoteness of the area and if properly managed can span generations.
A stay at Redcliff Zambezi Lodge will include all meals, laundry, a sunset cruise, game or bird walks, use of a boat for fishing or game viewing and basic fishing equipment.
Alternatively you can go to Kingfisher Lodge which is a self catering option. The comfortable en-suite chalets overlook the river. The kitchen is fully equipped, so all you need to bring is your food and drink. There are two cooks who will prepare your meals so you can relax and enjoy your stay.
To get to this side of the Lower Zambezi, you have to drive towards Chipata and turn down to Luangwa Boma at the Luangwa bridge. The road is now tarred all the way, making it a much shorter trip. Please ask for directions when making a booking.
Have a look at the Lower Zambezi area on the website. You will find all the details for both these lodges there.