Kabula Lodge – Zambia

Kabula Lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Western Zambia.
Kabula Lodge has been specifically designed to provide affordable, comfortable and relaxing holiday accommodation for families who love fishing, birding, the outdoors and who want to enjoy Africa and the bush at its pristine best. Kabula is also a recognised haven for the keen fisherman wanting to catch a trophy Tiger Fish.

Situated within Barotseland, the Lozi people’s mystical wetland region that the famous explorer David Livingstone explored so many years ago, Kabula Lodge provides the ideal holiday destination in a sparsely populated and relatively untouched region of Southern Africa where the magnificent indigenous forests are something to behold.

The appeal of the Lodge has been further enhanced by its incorporation within the recently promulgated Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) which is situated in the Okavango and Zambezi river basins where the borders of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe converge. It spans an area of approximately 287 132 km², almost the size of Italy, and includes 36 national parks, game reserves, community conservancies and game management areas.

The Zambezi River is subdivided into three “reaches”, the Upper, the Middle and the Lower.
Kabula is situated on the Upper Zambezi which is regarded as the best part of the river for Tiger fishing. The Tiger Fish breed in the thousands of pools in the Liuwa floodplains and are flushed out each year by the floods.

The best time for Tiger fishing at Kabula is from April to December when the water is warm and the level of the river is low before the start of the rainy season.

Large Tiger Fish are plentiful, as are various species of bream, particularly the predatory yellow-belly and thin face breams which make for great fishing and wonderful eating. Large barbel, which will also give you a fight to remember, are also present.

Fishing boats, which are provided with experienced boatmen who know the river, and the best Tiger fishing spots, are available for hire.

Fishing rods and tackle, if required, are provided free of charge with the boats.  A charge will be levied for lost repalas and any equipment which is lost or damaged.
Please note that private boats are strictly not permitted.

Except in the case of bream, where the catch is being kept for the pot, we encourage “catch and release” especially with the Tiger Fish.

Please also note that fly-fishing for bream and Tiger Fish is becoming increasingly popular. To catch a large Tiger Fish on a light fly-rod is an unforgettable experience.

The area around Kabula abounds in bird life with more than 200 species having been recorded.
The large and formidable Pel’s Fishing Owl, which is not intimidated by humans, is a regular visitor to the area, as are Fish Eagle, various species of Cormorants and other water birds, Herons, Schalow’s Lourie, Honeyguides, Eagles and other birds of prey, Parrots, Hornbill, Dikkops, Plovers and numerous others.

Visitors can also expect to be woken in the mornings by a flock of Ground Hornbills which have taken up residence on the outskirts of the lodge. A truly magical sound.

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