Our Activities

The fresh water game fishing experience is the adventurous angler’s dream. The world-renowned, extreme fighting tiger fish, is indigenous to the fresh waterways of the Barotse floodplains. This species, well known for its fierceness and leaping ability, has earned the reputation of being one of the world’s toughest freshwater fish to restrain.

The tiger fish vary in size, and are plentiful in this part of the Zambezi. Large bream and trophy-sized tiger fish are plentiful. Matoya is located on a section of the Upper Zambezi on the Barotse Floodplains and has acquired a fishing and tourism license to operate in this area. Guests at Matoya Fishing Lodge do not require individual fishing licenses.


Matoya offers the following types of fishing methods (depending on guests’ requirements, fishing conditions, and the time of the year):

  • Fly-fishing, spinning, trolling and drift baiting for tigerfish.
  • Fly-fishing, spinning and worm fishing (we supply the worms) for bream.

At Matoya, we follow a strict catch-and-release policy to preserve the precious fish resources of the pristine Upper Zambezi River and Barotse flood plains.

Guests are allowed to remove their fish from the water to be weighed and photographed provided the fish are handled carefully, under the supervision of our guides.

Guests are welcome to bring their own fishing tackle, although you may hire fishing tackle (suitable for trolling spinning and drift baiting) from the Lodge. We recommend that fly fishermen bring their own fishing tackle.