Shackletons Tigerfishing Lodge
Shackletons is located in the floodplain region of the upper Zambezi River in Zambia near the village of Mwandi, meaning a place of plenty of 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
Shackletons Lodge caters to fly fishing, spin and lure anglers of all levels. Peak fishing months are June and July. Tigers that are in the 14-to 22-pound range are in these waters. By boat, these rich tigerfishing grounds are less than five minutes from the Lodge. Ten species are available including tilapia, bream, and catfish. When our lodge reviewer and host, Eric Schoenborn, was here in October of 2012, five tigers was considered a daily average. The guides said during mid-July, anglers caught as many as 30 to 40 tigers per angler, per day. You should see hippos, crocodiles, and a few elephants on the river.
Shackletons' Fishing Seasons/Boats
The upper Zambezi River fluctuates constantly, yet the Lodge is open year-round.
Due to the flood plains, this section of the upper Zambezi River offers great fishing. The annual floods rejuvenate the river system around the Lodge. The river rises for six months of the year, December through May, to form the floodplains and recedes for the other six months of the year from June through November. The tigerfish adapt their feeding habits according to the everchanging river levels, water clarity, water temperature, and food sources which means that tigerfishing methods change, too. Throughout the year, trolling, drift baiting, spinning, and fly fishing are popular methods.
The guides are courteous, knowledgeable, and they speak Fishing English - enough to get by. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Boats: Their fishing boats are basic and range in size from 12’ to 26.’ The motors were replaced in 2013. Four-stroke outboard motors range from 60-to 140-h.p. Some of the boats resemble bass boats with a low profile and a casting area up front. The backs have a bench seat and limited space to cast, but casting is possible. The boats are wide and stable. If desired, an angler could sit and cast from a chair in the boat.
Shackletons Tigerfishing Lodge:
The Lodge accommodates 12 guests 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 sundowner deck. Enjoy the unparalleled views of the Zambezi River. Wonderful home-cooked meals. The area is home to over 300 bird species.
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 - at a cost of $55.00 each way, with a minimum of two passengers per vehicle. The Lodge will pre-arrange this. It’s a one-hour and 45-minute drive to the Lodge. The transfer is 140 km (about 87 miles) to the west over a paved road with some bumps and quite a few potholes. The landscape is relatively barren with small villages and limited scenery.
Meals at the Lodge:
Shackletons Tiger Fishing Lodge is renowned for its wonderful, home-cooked meals. They have their own vegetable garden and bake fresh biscuits, rusks, and cakes daily. Tea, coffee, and home-baked rusks and biscuits are available all day long. A light breakfast of cereal, yogurt, and fruit is served beginning at 6:00 a.m. Lunch is more of a brunch taken at the Lodge – toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, and fruit. Tea and cake are served at about 2:00 p.m. before returning to fishing at 2:30. Dinners are served buffet-style, typically with a meat dish, salad, veggies and either potatoes or rice. There are also nightly desserts. Meals can be taken on the sundowner deck or in the large lounge/dining room area. They cater to all dietary needs.
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.
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
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 a 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, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.