Tiger fishing is a popular sport fishing activity that can be enjoyed in the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, close to Senyati Safari Camp.
The Chobe River forms part of the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park here in Botswana. It is known for its abundant wildlife and excellent tiger fishing opportunities. The river is home to a healthy population of African tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus), which is a fierce and powerful freshwater game fish.
The Zambezi River is one of Africa's major waterways, flowing through several countries including Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. It is renowned for its incredible tiger fishing. The Zambezi River is home to both the African tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) and the Goliath tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath), which is larger and even more challenging to catch.
Tiger fishing in the Chobe and Zambezi rivers offers anglers a thrilling experience due to the aggressive nature and fighting ability of the tigerfish. Here are some key points to know:
Tigerfish are known for their sharp teeth, streamlined bodies, and distinctive stripes, which resemble those of a tiger, giving them their name. They are ferocious predators, known for their powerful leaps and strong fights once hooked.
Various fishing techniques can be employed when targeting tigerfish. These include spinning, fly fishing, and bait fishing. The choice of technique often depends on personal preference and the specific conditions of the river. Local fishing guides can provide valuable insights into the most effective methods.