“Experience the Ultimate, Luxurious, Fishing Adventure on the Barotse Floodplains, Upper Zambezi!”
Nestling in Zambia's Western Province in the midst of Waterberry trees, approximately 600km from the capital city of Lusaka is Matoya Fishing Lodge (Lukulu). In the local language of Silozi it is the 'Litoya' tree that distinguishes the grassy, wetland enclaves of the Barotse floodplains known as the Matoya. Whether you are an avid angler or simply a nature lover, Matoya Fishing Lodge will provide you with the comprehensive and luxurious services needed for an ideal holiday.
The Lodge is open from mid to late April until mid-November when the fishing season closes.
The fresh water game fishing experience is an adventurous angler's dream. The world renowned, extreme fighting tiger fish is endemic to the fresh waterways of the Barotse floodplains. This species, well known for its fierceness and leaping ability, has earned the reputation of being one of the world's toughest freshwater fish. The tiger fish vary in size, and are plentiful in this part of the Zambezi. Large bream and trophy sized tiger fish are plentiful.
Matoya is based on a section on the Upper Zambezi on the Barotse Floodplains. Matoya has already acquired a fishing and tourism license to operate in the area. Guests at Matoya Fishing Lodge do not require individual fishing licenses.
Fishing is undertaken on the 17-foot fibre glass boats which are customized to suit your every angling need. The boats have a flat deck at the front as well as at the back, ensuring a spacious area for the fly fishermen. The angling boats can take a maximum of two fly fishermen or three lure anglers out onto the waters at any one time in the company of an experienced guide.
The Lodge has six boats in its fleet, powered by 60hp four-stroke motors which are guaranteed to minimize carbon emissions into the environment. There is 15 litres of fuel per boat per day included in the daily rate. Each boat is equipped with storage facilities for your tackle and equipment, a cooler box compartment, and live-wells for drifting bait. Snacks, local beers, cool drinks and bottled water are available on the boats and are pre-packed based on your personal requirements before the day’s fishing.
Our experienced guides are all local Zambian guides who are very knowledgeable with basic conventional and fly-fishing techniques, as well as the river and birdlife in the area. They have developed various fishing tactics that they employ, depending on the time of year, ensuring that their guests catch. The guides are able to teach and assist both inexperienced, as well as experienced anglers. They will ensure that the correct tackle is being used as well as assisting with rod and tackle setup.
Matoya offers the following types of fishing methods (depending on guests’ requirements, fishing conditions, and the time of the year):
• Fly-fishing, spinning, trolling and drift baiting for tiger fish.
• Fly-fishing, spinning and worm fishing (we supply the worms) for bream.
Matoya Fishing Lodge follows a strict catch-and-release policy to preserve the precious fish resources of the pristine Upper Zambezi River and Barotse flood plains. Guests are allowed to remove their fish from the water to be weighed and photographed provided the fish are handled carefully, under the supervision of our guides.
Guests are welcome to bring their own fishing tackle, although they may hire fishing tackle (suitable for trolling spinning and drift baiting) from the lodge. It is recommended that fly fishermen bring their own fishing tackle.
The following fish species can found in the area around Matoya:
Tiger fish, Nembwe (Olyfkurper), Redbreast Tilapia (Rooiborskurper), Threespot Tilapia (Driekolkurper), Greenhead Tilapia (Groenkopkurper), Pink Bream (Ligroos-kurper) – ‘Pink Happy’, Green Bream (Groen-kurper) – ‘Green Happy’, Thinface Largemouth (Smalkop-kurper), Humpback Largemouth (Kromkop-kurper), Sharp Tooth Catfish.
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