Shackletons Tiger Fishing Lodge

Shackletons is located in the flood plain region of the upper Zambezi River in Zambia near the village of Mwandi, meaning a place of plenty fish.   The lodge has access to 130 km (80 miles) of the upper Zambezi River, called "God's Highway" by renowned explorer David Livingstone.

Upper Zambezi River Fishing

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Shackletons Lodge caters to fly fishing, spin and lure anglers of all levels. Peak fishing months are June and July. Expect to catch five to 15 tigers per day. Tigers in the 14-to 22-pound range are in these waters. These rich tiger fishing grounds are less than five minutes by boat from the lodge. Ten species are available including tilapia, bream, and catfish. The guides are courteous, knowledgeable, and they speak Fishing English - enough to get by. When our lodge reviewer and host, Eric Schoenborn, was here in October of 2012, five tigers a day was considered a daily average. The guides said during mid-July, anglers caught as many as 30 to 40 tigers per angler, per day. Most folks could expect 5 to 15 opportunities in any given day as there are plenty of fish. Fish from 16' to 26' bass-type boats. You'll see lots of hippos, crocodiles, and a few elephants on the river.

Shackletons' Fishing Seasons

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The upper Zambezi River flucuates constantly, yet the lodge is open year-round. This very special part of the upper Zambezi offers great fishing due to the flood plains. The annual floods rejuvenate the river system around the lodge. The river rises for six months of the year to form the flood plains, and recedes for the other six months of the year. When Eric Schoenborn was here in October of 2012, the river was considered low at the time - stretching 200 to 300 yards wide. The area has been sprayed for the tetse fly.

Shackletons Tigerfishing Lodge:

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The Lodge accommodates 12 people in six, stone-thatched, en-suite chalets with private, teak decks overlooking the Zambezi River. Each room is equipped with two, full-sized beds, ceiling fan, safe box, mosquito netting, en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, and electricity. The main area features a swimming pool, lounge and open dining area, with riverside bar, and sun downer deck. Enjoy the unparalleled views of the Zambezi River. Wonderful home-cooked meals. The area is home to over 300 bird species.

Getting Here:

You’ll fly into Johannesburg, South Africa. From there, you’ll then take a one-hour and 40-minute flight to Livingstone, Zambia. Once you’ve arrived at the Livingstone Airport, you’ll need a ground transfer from the airport to the lodge. It’s a one-hour and 45-minute drive to the Lodge. The transfer is 120 km (75 miles) over a paved road with some bumps and potholes.

Required documents:

A passport and visa are required to enter Zambia.  The passport must be valid for at least six months after the intended date of departure from Zambia. A single-entry visa only may be obtained at the port of entry for $50.00. Travelers must apply in advance at a Zambian Embassy or consulate for a multiple-entry visa. The fee for a three-year multiple-entry visa is $80.00. Tourists visiting for the day from a neighboring country (such as those visiting Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe) can obtain a $20.00 day-trip visa at the border. Tour organizers may arrange multiple-entry visas in advance for their clients. Try to bring exact change whenever practical. U.S. citizens have occasionally reported being overcharged for visas at the port of entry. Travelers have the right to request a receipt and can report any concerns to Zambia Immigration Headquarters at Kent House in Lusaka.

2017 Rates:

Fishing Adult Rates:
Per person, per day
March - December:  $300.00
Non-fishing adult companion: 
50% of the adult fishing rate
Children under the age of 12:
50% of the adult fishing rate.
Road Transfers:
Based on shared vehicles with a minimum of 2 guests
Livingstone to Shackleton’s:
$55.00 each way
Kazungula Ferry to Shackleton’s:
$35.00 each way
Katima Mulilo to Shackleton’s:
$55.00 each way

Packages include:

Lodging, guided fishing, use of boats and fishing tackle (except for fly fishing). up to 20 liters of gas per boat per day (about 5 gallons), meals, tea/coffee, and community development levy. (No fishing license is required at the lodge.)

Packages do not include:

Airfare, ground transfers, broken/lost fishing tackle, extra fuel, travel insurance, visas, medical evacuation, limited liability, gratuities, departure taxes, alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, bottled water, soft drinks and unexpected government levy charges.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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