With spectacular deep-sea fishing in Dar, Pemba, Mafia and Kilwa, fresh water fishing in Lake Victoria, record breaking catches, Tanzania is a fisherman’s paradise. There’s superb deep sea fishing all year around with marlin, sail fish, tuna, barracuda and trevally running deep.
Fresh water fishing in Tanzania’s stunning lakes and rivers offers the chance to catch huge Nile Perch and Tilapia in stunning surroundings. If you’re a fishing enthusiastic, Tanzania has everything you could dream of, from fly fishing in crystal clear mountain streams, trolling the flood plains and the adventure and drama of deep-sea fishing.
The Indian Ocean is rich in fish, with tuna and pelagics migrating through the Pemba Channel every year, with snapper, grouper and sharks in residence all year round. Imagine sailing through deep blue waters, the sun on your back as you wrestle a 30kg dorado or yellow fin tuna on board.
There is a number of private companies and tour operators specializing in deep sea fishing to guide you through the waters, offering fishing safaris for the dedicated angler. Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia are the
most popular destinations for deep sea fishing, with Dar es Salaam, Pangani and Tanga on the mainland.
Customized boats have light and heavy tackle, electronics, GPS and safety equipment for the serious international fisherman. Excursions usually last for a day, with boats bringing you and your catch back to your hotel in time for dinner but liveabroad options are also available.
If you are after an authentic Tanzanian experience, you can head out on the water with a fisherman in a dhow or a ngalawa canoe and see how it’s done by the locals.
For fresh water fishing, Tanzania’s lakes and rivers let you enjoy fly fishing and catch and release. Mwanza, on the shores of Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake, is home to huge Nile Perch and Tilapia.
Fishing isn’t permitted inside national parks but there are a number of lakes and rivers in the buffer zone open to anglers and even rainbow trout farms in Arusha, allowing visitors to relax into the tranquillity of the truly beautiful surroundings, watch the bird life and wild life go by.
During the rainy season, rivers and streams swell, reviving the land and waters, teeming with fish life, perfect for a fishing safari.