fishing safaris in uganda


Sport Fishing on a Safari to Uganda is all about fishing for pleasure or competition. The most common form of recreation fishing is carried out with a rod, reel, hooks, line, and any range of baits. Big-game fishing is carried out from boats to catch large open-eyed species such as tuna, marlin and sharks.

Sport Fishing zones in Uganda

Sport Fishing on a Uganda Safari is carried out in most Lakes and Rivers around the country. At 228 kms from Kampala City about four hours’ drive is Lake Mburo National Park, it is believed to have over five species of fish, with the most common species being the Tilapia. In Lake Mburo, spot fishing is carried out at Mazinga. Fishermen are required to carry their own fishing equipment. But first you will be required to secure a sport fishing permit through your tour operator from Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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In Eastern side of the country, sport fishing is carried top the highest of the three waterfalls at Sipi in Kapchorwa district. Fishermen are also encouraged to carry their equipment and the largest fish here can weigh up to 2.5 or 3 kgs.

At the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley sits Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest game park. The game park is crossed by the Victoria Nile, which drives through 45 m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the remarkable Murchison Falls. The stretch of the Nile river does not only provide one of Uganda’s most astonishing wildlife encounters, but also an exciting sport fishing test. Finding home in these waters is the Nile Perch and chances of a big catch are high with the heaviest Nile Perch ever caught weighing up to 108kg.

In Entebbe which is the closest of all destinations, there is plenty of sport fishing along the shores of Lake Victoria and along the world’s longest River, Nile. This Lake stands out as the largest fresh water body in the World boasting of lots of Nile Perch. The policy of sport fishing is strictly ‘catch and release. Sport fishing tours are also organized at Ngamba Island in special speed boats and this goes on all year round during day.