Fishing Safari

Tanzania and Kenya are the best places for fishing. Here you find everything that an enthusiast could wish for, big fish, attractive waters and untouched nature. Regardless of whether you are an expert or a beginner, in Tanzania and Kenya there is a chance to experience the big fishing adventure. There are huge stocks of fish in countless lakes and rivers, as well as along the salty water on the coast.

Tanzania and Kenya are the paradise for those wishing to go for fishing adventure in their unspoiled countryside and clean, unpolluted waters. The countries’ great variety of fish and abundance of good fishing waters have led to increasing numbers of tourists visiting them just for fishing in their lakes. The thrill of being able to catch fish in their natural environments, and on their terms, is the fulfillment of many a visiting anglers’ dream in East African waters.

Tanzania and Kenya offers the anglers a wide-variety of fishing venues. For example the costal area from Malindi in Kenya to Kilwa in Tanzania is full of wide varieties of fish that include Billfish, Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Broadbill, Sailfish, Shortbill, Spearfish, Tuna, Tiger Shark, Mako Shark, Giant Trevally, Kingfish, Dorado, Wahoo and Barracuda just to mention the few. It the interior you can find so many fish varieties in the countries’ countless lakes. Others could be found in any of many rushing rivers in the interior. Whatever your favorite catch or whichever type of fishing you prefer, you’re sure to find an angler’s luck in Tanzania or Kenya.

Tanzania and Kenya provides the perfect setting for exciting year-round fishing. Spanning some thousands kilometers from northern part of equator to the border with Mozambique in the south, these countries have a very favorable climate for fishing. We can also arrange an amazing fishing trip to Zanzibar Archipelago to fish those waters.

We can arrange your fishing safari according to your individual requirements and time constraints. All you need to do is get to Nairobi or Kilimanjaro international airports and we do the rest. There are many scheduled flights available together with very competitive charter flights from most European countries, direct to Nairobi or Kilimanjaro.

LAKE VICTORIA

Lake Victoria, the largest of all African Lakes, is also the second widest freshwater body in the world. Lake Victoria is bordered by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. It has an area of 26,830 square miles (the size of Ireland), and is 250 miles long at its greatest width, making it the world’s second largest freshwater lake, after Lake Superior. It also has an average depth of 120 feet, with its deepest point reaching 250 feet. Lake Victoria receives its water from many rivers, the largest being the Kagera. The lake occupies a wide depression near the equator, between the East and West Great Rift Valleys, but its drainage basin is relatively small, being slightly less than three times the lake’s surface in area.

The lake shore is highly indented, and there are many isles in the lake, some of which, especially the Sesse Group, are known for their beautiful landscape, health resorts and sightseeing places. Abundant prehistoric remains found around the lake indicate the early development of agriculture. There are a number of coastal towns such as Kisumu (Kenya), Entebe (Uganda), Bukoba, Mwanza and Musoma (Tanzania), connected with each other by ship routes and also to the cities of the Indian Ocean coast by railways.

Lake Victoria was once home to more than 500 different species of haplochromine Cichlids before Nile perch were introduced to the lake by the lake’s residents. Introduced in the 1950s to provide food for the people of the lake and develop commercial fishery, these predators grow up to 6 feet long, and have successfully wiped out some 250 of these 500 Cichlid species. The diversity of species is incredible when you realize that all of western Europe hosts only around 60 species of freshwater fish. Even more astonishing is that it’s believed that all of these different species evolved from a single progenitor: Astatotilapia nubile.

Flora of Lake Victoria

  • Emerged macrophytes (Typha spp., Phragmites spp., Cyperus papyrus, Potamogeton spp.)
  • Floating macrophytes (Vossia)
  • Submerged macrophytes (Ceratophyllum demersum, Hydrilla verticillata, Polygonum spp.)
  • Phytoplankton (Melosira nyassensis, Lyngbya contorta, Spirulina spp., Anabaena spp., scillatoria spp., Pediastrum clathratum, Fragillaria spp., Cyclotella spp., cenedesmus spp., Glenodinium spp.)

Fauna of Lake Victoria

  • Zooplankton (Daphnia spp., Chydorus sp., Leptodora sp., Cyclops sp., Diaptomus, Caridina nilotica, Philodina spp., Keratella sp., Asplanchna brightwelli, Limnocnida victoriae)
  • Benthos (Melania tuberculata, Bellamysa sp., Corbicula sp., Caelatura sp., Chaoborus sp., Chironomus sp.)
  • Fish Lates (niloticus, Tilapia spp., Haplochromis spp., Labeo victorianus, Alestes baremose, Clarias spp., Bagrus docmac, Protopterus aethiopicus, Barbus, Scibe).

LAKE TANGANYIKA

Lake Tanganyika is the longest lake in the world, boasting a length of 673 km (418 mi), and is the second deepest in the world, reaching a depth of 1,470 m (4,820 ft). The catchment area is 231,000 km2 (89,000 sq mi), with two main rivers (Ruzizi River and Malagarasi River) flowing into the lake, numerous smaller rivers and streams (due to the steep mountains that keep drainage areas small), and one major outflow, the Lukuga, which empties into the Congo River drainage. It is the second largest lake in Africa, after Lake Victoria, covering about 32,900 km2 (12,700 sq mi). At its widest point it is 72 km (45 mi) wide. It is bordered by Tanzania, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and by Zambia. Lake Tanganyika is presently the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume.

The lake holds at least 250 species of unique Cichlid fish and 150 non-cichlid species, most of which live along the shoreline down to a depth of approximately 180 metres (590 ft). Many species of cichlids from Lake Tanganyika are popular fish among aquarium owners due to their bright colors.

Crocodiles and hippopotamuses are often found on the shores of the lake. The biotope of the lake is sandy, and therefore, these fish are best kept in an aquarium with sand, not gravel. This is especially true of the sand-dwelling species. Many of the Tanganyikan species are small and can be housed in 10 and 20-gallon aquariums, such as the shell-dwelling genera Neolamprologus and Lamprologus.

It is estimated that 25–40% of the protein in the diet of the approximately one million people living around the lake comes from lake fish. Currently, there are around 100,000 people directly involved in the fisheries operating from almost 800 sites. The lake is also vital to the estimated 10 million people living in the basin. Lake Tanganyika fish can be found exported throughout East Africa

LAKE NYASA

Lake Nyasa is an African Great Lake and lies in the Great Rift Valley system of East Africa. This lake, the third largest in Africa and the eighth largest lake in the world, is located between Tanzania Malawi and Mozambique. It is the second deepest lake in Africa. The waters of the lake are the habitat of more species of fish than that of any other body of water on the Earth. The largest river flowing into this lake is the Ruhuhu River. This large freshwater lake has an outlet, which is the Shire River, a tributary that flows into the very large Zambezi River.

Lake Nyasa has for millennia provided a major food source to the residents of its shores since its waters are rich in fish such as the chambo, consisting of any one of four species of the cichlid genus Nyasalapia, and the kampango, a large catfish (Bagrus meridionalis). Some of the fish that are caught are exported, but the wild population of fish is increasingly threatened by overfishing.

Lake Nyasa contains a greater variety of indigenous species of Cichlid fishes than any other lake in the world. Researchers have identified over 500 species to date that are not found anywhere else in the world. That is more than all of the freshwater species found in all the waters of both Europe and North America. The Cichlids of Lake Nyasa, perhaps even more so than the Cichlids from the other two rift lakes, are brightly colored and patterned. For this reason, they have been a big hit with aquarists all over the world. In some areas of Lake Nyasa, 20 fish per square meter is not uncommon. Both sexes of the more than 100 species of Mbuna are unusually colorful, whereas typically, only males have color. They are very colorful with bright patterns of horizontal stripes or vertical bars.

The painted hunting dog is believed to be extinct in Lake Nyasa, with its last remaining population being spotted in the eastern Miombo woodlands just east of the lake. Other wildlife that is found in and around Lake Nyasa include crodiles, hippopotamus, monkeys, and a significant population of African fish eagles that feed off fish from the lake.