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Tiger Fishing

Tiger fishing is a popular sport fishing activity that can be enjoyed in the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, close to Senyati Safari Camp.

Chobe River:
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.

Zambezi River:
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 Characteristics:
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.

Fishing Techniques:
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.

Zambezi River

Tackle and Equipment:
When tiger fishing, it's important to use appropriate tackle and equipment. Medium to heavy spinning or fly fishing gear is typically recommended, as tigerfish can grow quite large and put up a strong fight. Strong lines, sharp hooks, and steel leaders are necessary to handle their powerful bites and sharp teeth.

Fishing Seasons:
Tiger fishing in the Chobe and Zambezi rivers is best during the warmer months, typically between September and April. This period coincides with the rainy season and warmer water temperatures, which are ideal for attracting tigerfish and triggering their feeding behavior.

Fishing Regulations:
It's essential to be aware of and adhere to local fishing regulations and obtain the necessary permits or licenses before embarking on a tiger fishing trip.

As with any form of fishing, practicing responsible and sustainable fishing is vital to preserve the fish populations and ecosystems. Catch-and-release practices are encouraged to ensure the long-term sustainability of tigerfish populations.

Whether you choose the Chobe River or the Zambezi River, tiger fishing in these stunning African waterways offers anglers an exciting adventure and the chance to catch one of the continent's most ferocious freshwater game fish.

Please note that it is illegal to catch tiger fish to eat and all fish are caught on a catch and release basis.

Chobe River