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5 Destinations to Visit for Amazing Fishing Safaris in Africa

Fishing in Zambia
Written by Abraham Odhiambo

Africa is one of the leading travel destinations in the world, and fishing safaris are one of the unmissable tours during your travel. From deep-sea sports fishing, looking for sailfish, tuna and marlin to exceptional fresh water and ocean fly fishing, African fishing safaris are one of the best ways to create once-in-a-lifetime memories.

Fishing in Africa is extremely amazing once you know the basic principle and the top rules. Embark on a boat for a day trip then make your catch and admire it for some time before setting it free afterwards in line with environmental conscience. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five destinations to visit for amazing fishing safaris in Africa.

1. Zambia

Zambia fishing

Fishing in Zambia. Photo/ YouTube.

Many rivers and lakes in Zambia host big numbers of fish hence making the country a top choice when it comes to fishing safaris in Africa. The fishing areas in Zambia include Lake Kariba, which is a manmade lake, Lake Mweru and Lake Bangweulu.

When travelling to Zambia for fishing, you are required to carry personal camp gear and pitch camp near the lakes or rives where you are to fish from. Boats and outboard motors which are used for fishing should be accessed near your camp. Please note that most rivers in Zambia have crocodiles and hippos hence be careful when fishing.

2. Morocco 

Morocco is one of the most visited countries in Africa and it should be on your bucket list if fishing is your best activity. From the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines to several rives flowing over the mountain ranges and wonderful oases, Morocco has a variety of places for you to enjoy fishing.

Fishing in Morocco

Africa fishing safaris. Photo/ morocco-carp.com.

Some of the fish species you can catch in Morocco include barbell, black bass, trout and perch, among others. The best spots for fishing in the North African country include Azrou near Aghmas lakes, Khenifra on River Oum er Rbia, Ifrane and Bin el Oudane.

3. Uganda 

Uganda is one of the names which pops up when talking about fishing safaris in Africa. The East African country, which is famous for gorilla trekking, is blessed with rivers and is within the Great Lakes region. This is where you and your crew should go if you want to catch Nile Perch and Tilapia. Spend a day in Lake Victoria and Murchison Falls National Park for unforgettable fishing experiences.

4. South Africa 

South Africa should be on the bucket list of every travelling angler. Since it is situated on the Indian Ocean, expect to enjoy deep water fishing that comes with the thrill of fighting muscle-wrenching species.

For deep sea fishing, most charters are at the coastal ports. However, you can also fish on the numerous rivers, lakes and streams in the country. From sharks, barracuda and tuna to Dorado and sailfish, there are plenty of fish species to catch in South Africa.

5. Gambia

The Gambia

Fishing in Gambia. Photo/ Footsteps Eco-Lodge.

Well, you can’t talk about top destinations in Africa for amazing fishing safaris and fail to mention Gambia. Gambia is one of the top fishing spots in the world and fishermen who have visited the MacCarthy Island on the Gambia River have been amazed by the number of fish species there.

According to reports, there is a group that caught a tiger fish that weighed up to 21lb in Gambia. Other common fish species in the West African country include Vundu Catfish, Red Snapper, Zambezi Pike and Sharp tooth catfish.

Where Is the Best Fish in Africa?

Seychelles. Seychelles fishing scene has some of the finest big game fishing in Africa. The list of top catches in Seychelles include Blue and Black Marlin, Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, and many more.

Which Country Is the Largest Producer of Fish in Africa?

  1. Egypt
  2. Morocco
  3. Nigeria
  4. Mauritania
  5. South Africa

How Much Does a Safari Cost in Africa?

An African safari could range from $125 to $1,500 per person per night. A budget safari averages $150 per night whereas mid-range averages $350. On the other hand, luxury goes for up to $750 while extreme top-safaris could easily reach $1,500.

Which Region of Africa Does the Most Commercial Fishing?

Millions of Africans work on the fishing industry nowadays, with most of the continent’s catch coming from sub-Saharan Africa.

About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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