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Tiger fishing on the Chobe River

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Do you have what it takes to battle an African Tiger Fish?

Nestled on Impalila Island in Namibia, Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is a tented lodge surrounded by breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, birdlife and ideal fishing conditions. Travellers from around the globe come here to battle with the extraordinary African Tiger Fish. With razor sharp teeth, and infamous speed and agility, this river rascal puts up an adrenalin pumping fight that’s sure to be one of the most exhilarating fishing experiences of your life.

Chobe River Tiger fishing

Proof of Vagabond Fly’s successful visit!

Its lurching strikes can snap your line or rod, and just when you think you’ve got it, the furtive fish makes a long fast run. Try to reel it in, and it jumps out of the water or dives deep to try and dislodge the hook. These unpredictable predators change their feeding patterns and will try anything they can to get away from your net. They are said to be the hardest fighting freshwater fish in the world, so if you want to catch one, you’re going to have to fight back every inch of the way.

We’ve got what you need

It takes great skill and finesse to successfully battle a tiger, and our guides are there to support you ever step of the way. We’ll supply you with the tackle you need – rods, flies, reels, lures, lines, and leaders – and our guides will share the angling techniques that they have developed through countless hours of experimenting.

Tiger fishing on the Chobe

It’s an unforgettable experience, fishing in the majestic Chobe surrounded by the natural African beauty. Curious elephants stop to watch you ready your tackle. Snappy crocodiles float by mischievously as antelope gather warily on the banks for an early morning drink of water. The unmistakable call of the African Fish Eagle as it swoops down to catch catfish is almost the soundtrack to your vacation. And chances are you may not notice any of these things as you wait anxiously for that tell-tale strike – indicating that the battle has begun!

The best time of year to catch African Tiger Fish

Because of our unique location, we offer excellent fishing safaris all year round – from the annual floods starting in March to the feeding frenzies in the winter months. This natural phenomenon takes place when the water begins to recede and a myriad of newly spawned bait fish make their way back into the river, only to be ambushed by shoals of hungry tigers.

Tiger fishing

You can literally see the bait ball being hit from all sides by the ferocious predators who may also greedily grab your lure if you position it just right.

The ultimate bragging rights

While pulling out an 8 pounder (3.6kg) might earn you some fireside bragging rights, it’s not enough to earn the coveted Ichingo yellow buff. The yellow buff is reserved as a special honour bestowed upon those brave warriors who battled and conquered a river beast over 11 pounds (5kg). Sound impossible? At a recent ceremony we handed out three yellow buffs in one weekend!

Chobe River Tiger fishing

Vagabond Fly’s yellow buff award ceremony

So, are you ready for the most thrilling fishing expedition of your life? Ready to battle the notorious African Tiger Fish? Then we’ll reserve a yellow buff for you – just in case you catch a big one!