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Kariba Tiger Fishing Competition opportunity autumn 2013

Kariba Tiger Fishing Competition


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Victoria Falls & Hwange Safari

30 September – 10 October 2013


Cost: £2,250 per person sharing


A great holiday to Africa  for competition fishing for tiger fish and seeing the sites


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Its now a great country to visit before it gets mega expensive




For a small, landlocked country in southern Africa, Zimbabwe offers an astounding variety of natural beauty and spectacular scenery. The country holds great appeal for active adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts and those with an appreciative eye for exquisite beauty – from the majesty of the famous Victoria Falls, to the giant marble-like boulders of the Motopo Hills, the verdant mountains of the Eastern Highlands, the national parks teeming with wildlife and the Great Zimbabwe ancient ruins to the country’s impressive capital city, Harare.

The Victoria Falls are Zimbabwe’s most popular tourist destination and one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Their mile-wide (2km) curtain of water plunges deep into the Zambezi Gorge creating a cloud of mist that can be seen up to 20 miles (32km) away.

Wildlife flourishes in the untamed wilderness of the Zambezi Valley, in national parks, and on the shores of Lake Kariba, where hippo, crocodiles, buffalo, rhino, elephant and lion roam freely. Remote and protected wildlife reserves line the banks of the Zambezi River and the region offers some of the finest canoe safaris in Southern Africa, particularly the World Heritage site at Mana Pools, which is renowned for its outstanding variety of game.








Crowne Plaza, Harare BB

Kariba Houseboat FB

Ivory Lodge, Hwange FB & activities

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge BB








30 September 2013: London to Harare (B)

Welcome to Zimbabwe – you will be met on arrival and transferred to hotel.

Harare is a busy working African city but it’s also a city that is attractive and well designed with wide avenues and numerous open spaces and parks.

Standing proudly against the Harare skyline, its unique concave shape reflects all the splendour of the ancient Royal Munhumutapa Kingdom, the Crowne Plaza epitomises the hotel’s global links and standards as part of the Intercontinental Hotels group


Overlooking the city, its mix of twin rooms, king leisure rooms and luxurious suites enjoy panoramic views of Harare, right on the doorstep of the city’s Central Park and Gardens. Zimbabwe’s National Gallery is a five-minute walk away and the renowned Botanical Gardens a short 10-minute drive. The foyer with its rich African décor welcomes guests with the Gazebo Coffee Lounge adjacent to the reception area, and guest services staff ready to deal with all enquiries and requests. Appetites large and small are well catered for with the Parkview Brasserie’s light and airy ambience complementing its buffet-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners. A wide choice of traditional and Western dishes is guaranteed to satisfy guests whatever their tastes may be. Restaurant Le Francais, also on the ground floor, caters for guests opting for full, more fomal table service and a more intimate atmosphere. From the pre-lunch or dinner drink in the adjoining cocktail bar to a fine cognac to complete a memorable dining experience, Le Francais staff provide food and service more akin to a top Washington or London restaurant than a busy hotel in the heart of Africa.

01 October 2013: Harare to Kariba Dam (B-D)

After breakfast and a short tour around Harare, depart for Lake Kariba, a freshwater paradise stretching back from the dam wall for 290km and reaching

42km at its widest point. Kariba covers 6000 square kilometres with an average depth of 18 metres.

The Lake is really the middle section of the three well known parts of the Zambezi river; between the upper Zambezi above Lake Kariba including Victoria Falls and the lower Zambezi from below the Kariba dam wall downwards. Lake Kariba’s waters are studded with islands and fringed by mountains and forests and is a sight not easily forgotten. The lake supports a large African wild animal population on its shoreline along with spectacular bird life & sunsets

The Victoria Falls




2 CABINS (with double beds, mosquito nets provided) TWIN beds on request.

1 CABIN (with twin beds, mosquito nets provided)

All cabins have air-conditioning




CD PLAYER (clients to provide own CD’s)




Fuel for the main boat and tender boats is included in the charter rate, however these rates

do not include, drinks, ice, personal toiletries


All meals will be provided either on board or in local restaurants or as picnics.

Drinks ice and bait will be pre ordered

(own account to pay local)

Guests may board from 12 Noon but MUST disembark by 9:30am on their return to harbour.

Generator running time is limited to 6 hours per day; therefore please make sure you order adequate ice to keep your drinks and food cold.

You may charge your cell phones and computers using the generator.

Please bring your own rods, tackle and bait.

The National Parks Board charges a Lake Entry Fee is included


02 – 05 October 2013: Tiger Fishing Competition (B-L-D)


Fresh Water Fishing

Lake Kariba has a number of trophy fish with Nembwe, Vundu (catfish) and Tigerfish being the most sought after. Artificial lures, spinners and fly are the most popular methods and offer fantastic hard fought battles with these spectacular and hard fighting fish. For those not to familiar with these fishing facets a well presented live or dead bait also delivers trophy catches without requiring too much experience.

Tigerfish are armed with the most formidable jaws of any fresh water species. They laden with 18 razor sharp large triangular-shaped interlocking teeth. The fully extendable mouth has ten teeth set in the upper jaw and eight in the lower jaw. The tigerfish is arguably the fiercest fish swimming anywhere on this planet. Strikes are incredibly hard and one would expect that by the sheer strike that the hook would be set deep into the fishes mouth, however with a ratio of six to one the hook is more often ejected on one of the many acrobatic leaps and tail walks. Tigerfish are caught in most water conditions, but provide the most sport when hooked out of the many deep swirling pools and back eddies. Hot spots are gravel bottoms where shallow, faster moving water meet deeper, slower moving pools. Tigers vary in size, 2-20lb, with the larger fish preferring the faster moving water. A variety of methods provide good catches, these range from dead and live baits, artificial lures, spoons, spinner baits and fly. The use of a steel trace goes without question. Trolling baits at a speed of 4-5 knots is very productive, tigerfish like to shoal and when a hit occurs it often pays to stop the boat and fish the surrounding area. Once you find a “Hot spot”, just about everything you can throw is greedily snapped up by these aggressive fish. The best time to visit the Zambezi is between August and November with September being the most consistent month. June and July sometimes become the jewels as often the receding waters following the winter rains induce large shoals of juveniles to go into vast feeding frenzies

The Kariba Invitation Tiger Fishing that has been running since 1962 is the world’s largest internationally recognised single species game fishing tournament For a fisherman, catching tiger fish is the greatest experience. It is quite a spectacle

The houseboat will be moored close to Charara, where the Tiger Tournament is held. We will need to contact the organizers of the tournament closer to the time to book a spot.

06 October 2013: Kariba to Hwange (B-L-D)

Depart early for a six hour drive to Hwange, Zimbabwe’s most famous National Park. Your stay includes two game drives daily with highly qualified rangers.

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers. It is located in the northwest corner of the country.

It became the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19th Century and was set aside as a National Park in 1929. Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the Park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world.

A small intimate lodge featuring 7 luxurious tree houses and 2 Presidential Elephant Suites set on elevated platforms amongst the indigenous flora of Hwange Game Park.


Deep in the mystical teak forests of Hwange is this unobtrusive camp, bathed in the tales of pioneering hunters and explorers such as Fredrick Courtney Selous. Lumbering giants drift around your stilted platforms , their tusks glinting in salute to the sanctuary of shade offered up by these massive trees.

This is Ivory Lodge – place of elephants.

It is here that great herds of elephants are found – sometimes over 100 strong.

Hwange is renowned for its huge tuskers – big old bulls with magnificent tusks. It is also here that the famous Presidential Herd drinks – these elephants’ home-range is amongst the dense feeding areas of the Sikumi Vlei and where they find refuge from the scorching heat at Ivory’s water hole.

Silently, elegantly, the lodge stands over the waterhole…. watch by flood light under a star spangled African night sky – the elephants in their play-fighting….their display of instinctive rituals, their caressing and murmurings…all which speak of years gone by.

Ivory Lodge, Hwange 2 nights full board & activities

08 October 2013 Hwange to Victoria Falls (B)


Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 metres (5604 ft) wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops 103 metres (338 ft)into the basalt depths of the sheer Zambezi Gorge.

The name Victoria Falls was given to the falls by the Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone. He named the falls after the reigning queen at the time. The locals called the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “smoke that thunders.” Many people still refer to this nickname, which accurately defines the falls.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (B)

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Signature Shot

The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is a charming lodge with 72 rooms under thatch, an excellent restaurant, boma and the swimming pool overlook a waterhole where animals are seen during the day and at night.

All the rooms have digital safes, IDD phones, remote control air conditioning, hairdryers, fans, mosquito nets, extensive range of customized toiletries including insect repellent, message pads, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, balcony with view overlooking the National Park and facing the sunset ,bathroom with luxury bath and separate shower



The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is also home to two award winning restaurants. Makuwa Kuwa offers an a la carte choice of dishes and a beautiful view of the waterhole, while Boma is situated in the Gusu forest and provides guests with an authentic African culinary experience.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge 2 nights bed & breakfast

09 October 2013 : Victoria Falls (B-D)

After breakfast, take a tour of the Falls and in the early evening, enjoy a Sunset Cruise down the mighty Zambezi River. This Sundowner Cruise is a wonderful way to see the beauty and wildlife and is a photographer’s dream!




10 October 2013: Depart

Transfer to the airport for return flight



10 night’s accommodation

Meals as mentioned


B-breakfast, L– lunch, D- dinner)




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Activities and park fees

Fishing Permit

Arrival & departure transfers

Road transfer from Kariba to Hwange


Our price does not include


Flights & airport taxes


Meals , drinks & activities not mentioned

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