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KaingU Lodge Kafue River Fishing Trip

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KaingU Safari Lodge

Tour Summary

Destination KaingU Safari Lodge
Area On the Kafue River above Itezhi-tezhi Reservoir, 200 miles upstream from the confluence with the mighty Zambezi
Country Zambia
Season April - November
Trip Type Tented suites overlooking the Kafue River
Species Tilapia ~ Bream ~ Sharptooth Catfish ~ African Pike ~ scaled Barbel ~ Yellow Fish and many more
Description Fishing/Safari adventure trip for all the family
Approx Cost $2355 - $2460 all inclusive, based on 2 people sharing and all fishing and other activities
No of Days 5 days, 6 nights
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‘Safari-Style’ Lodge

Accommodation is in ‘meru-style’ luxury thatched tents on a rosewood platform with private deck OR Family House which comes with 2 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms/shower, an outdoor shower, a living area and a private deck overlooking the river.

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This is a comfortable, well-run, small lodge and privately-owned. Guests’ comfort is primary here and there are many activities to keep the adventure traveller on the go all day long.

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All activities, fishing, bush-walks, canoe trail, overnights in the bush-camp, cultural visits etc are included in this package. It is the guests who decide on their activities program and as it is a small 12 bed lodge, the staff is able to organize these activities according to the wish of the guests. There is no set activities program. Guests can also decide to spend a night or two in the new bush camp in the Park (no fishing there).

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Wildlife is in abundance around the camp and along the river. Game viewing is made on Bush Walks and in the Park in open vehicles.

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Additional Information

Health Information:

Travellers must note that on entering Zambia immigration, they may be asked to present an up-to-date YELLOW FEVER vaccination certificate. This is now law in Zambia.

The Lower Zambezi is a malaria affected area so appropriate prophylactic like Malarone is advisable.

Most of Zambia's elevation on a plateau gives it a moderate to tropical climate with three distinct seasons: December to April is warm and wet, May to August (winter): cool and dry, September to November: hot and dry. Average summer temperatures range from 25 to 35 deg C and winter from 6 to 24 deg C

For clothing, layers are most practical for the fluctuating day/night temperatures at certain times. Don't bring too many clothes as laundry is available in the camp. It is best to pack hardy, durable clothing in a soft bag rather than a suitcase.

At point of entry into Zambia, you will be required to buy a tourist visa. A single entry is approx. 50$USD and a double entry visa is 80$USD.

Anglers must travel to Lusaka International Airport, Zambia. British Airways Emirates, Klm, Ethiopian, Kenyan and South African Airways operate flights to the airport from all major cities, via O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, SA.

From here, you must catch a small plane. Royal Air Charters and Proflight Zambia offers flights into the LZNP and onto the Royal Air Strip. These flights can be booked online.

Current airport departure taxes - International approx. ($30), Domestic ($10)

Time Zones:
Zambia is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 7 hours ahead of Eastern USA time and 10 hours ahead of Pacific and Western time.

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The Fishing

When it comes to fishing, the Kafue is ideal for sport anglers who want to catch fish from 1/2lb – 30lb!! The Kafue is home to yellow belly/largemouth bream that can grow to over 8lbs, large sharptooth catfish (especially in the ‘home pool’ in front of the lodge, barbell, African pike and a host of other great species.


We operate on a catch-and-release policy in order to preserve stocks of these incredible fish, but sometimes we do take a bream or two for the table. Delicious, especially if you have caught it yourself!

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Fishing can be combined with all our other activities and the lodge can supply basic tackle, although we recommend serious fishermen and fly anglers to bring their own gear.

Angling is in boats or off rocks and the banks if guests would like.

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Tackle & Kit

See our Kit Page for a PACKING LIST advice & suggested FISHING KIT

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Travel Plan

Day 1: Arrive in Lusaka, meet our representative and road and boat transfer to KaingU Safari Lodge. Guests will be taken via the newly reopened Spinal Road to the boat launching site in the park from where guests are taken by boat across the Kafue river to KaingU Safari Lodge (boat 20 minutes). The entire transfer is about 5 hours.
Day 2 - 6: Enjoy your time in total comfort at KaingU lodge and/or new bush camp and take advantage of all the activities available.
Day 7: Boat and road transfer back to Lusaka (5 hours).

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What Does It Cost?

*Example for 6 nights, 5 days:

2 persons sharing . . . . . . . . . . $2,460, £1,640, 1,875€

4 persons (2 each sharing) . . . $2,355, £1,560, 1,800€

Included: Transfers from Lusaka and return, accommodation, activities, laundry, house wines, drinks, all meals, VAT, park fees.

Not included: International airfares to and Lusaka Airport, tipping, passports, visas, meals other than in camp, costs associated with medical advice and medications for your trip, lures, specialised fishing tackle etc.

* All above costs are charged in US dollars and payments made in any other currency will be adjusted at the exchange rate at time of payment. The Euro and Pound Sterling costs above are set as a guide only.

**A 50% deposit is required to reserve places when booking. The remaining payment is due 90 days before arrival in Zambia.

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