Fishing Safari Trips in Uganda
Best Spots include Nile River, Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, and Lake Bunyonyi
Fishing Safari Experiences in Uganda
Catch The Nile Perch, Singidia tilapia, Nile tilapia, Cat Fish, and More.
Uganda attracts people because of its beautiful landscapes, welcoming people, endangered gorillas, abundant game life, and remarkable water bodies suitable for fishing safari expeditions. Uganda has several water bodies, including Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga, Lake George, Lake Albert, Lake Mburo, Lake Edward, Lake Bunyonyi, and River Nile. There are also many other rivers, swamps, and wetlands. Water-based tourism, such as sport fishing, is a year-round activity that attracts novice or experienced anglers with modern fishing methods that promote sustainable fishing safari practices.
Fish species recorded in Uganda include tilapia, Nile perch, catfish, yellowfish, tiger fish, lungfish, ferocious fighter, and barrel, among others. You can catch the mighty Nile perch weighing between 20 to 120 kilograms at the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo, Sipi Falls area, Lake Albert, Lake Bunyonyi, and Lake Mutanda near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
- With Lake Victoria offering the opportunity for hooking one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, the Nile Perch, anyone with some free time and interest can enjoy this day out.
- All year round, avoiding full moon and the April/May rainy season.
- Nile Perch. From approximately 8-80 kg in weight. Trolling with lures is the main method of fishing used.
- Speedboats between 18 and 30 feet (6-10 meters), powered by twin outboard engines, are used. The boats have a large seating capacity but cater for a maximum of 4 people fishing at any one time (to avoid line tangling etc.). Fiberglass 24 foot long “canoes” powered by an outboard engine are also available for smaller groups of 2-3 fishermen and usually best for day trips (not overnight).
- Transportation and 4×4 vehicle transfers
- Accommodation and Meals as per itinerary
- English Speaking Guide and Rangers
We will process the park permits on your behalf from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
Please carry a pack of N95 Facemask and hand sanitizer with you. You’ll be required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours of your arrival in the country, and keep your mask on when with animals and people crowds. You’re requested to adhere to COVID Operating procedures to keep you safe during your trip.
Fishing Safari Spots in Uganda
Murchison Falls, Victoria Nile
In Murchison falls, sport fishing is along the River Nile, the bottom of the falls at the Devil’s Cauldron, and the Nile banks. The two fishing spots are at Murchison Falls and below Karuma Falls. We advise all anglers to have rods between 8 ft and 11ft with a multiplier reel and a 7-inch spinning rod for smaller fish.
Nile perch and some catfish provide exciting challenges to anglers using casting lures. Using the live bait or spinning method, you can catch smaller fish like the Tigerfish. You can access fishing spots either by boat or walking down from the top of the falls to the gorge, which takes about 45 minutes. Fishing safari in Murchison can be any time of the year though the best catches are seen early in the morning and late in the day. When the water level is low and more transparent from mid-January to early April, you can catch more because fish feed more due to the dramatic weather conditions.
Nile River-Jinja Fishing Safari
In Jinja, the mighty Nile river (or one of them anyway) begins its arduous journey. Novice or experienced anglers can explore sportfishing. They usually target species like Nile perch, tilapia, yellowfish, catfish using trawling, spinning, and bait fishing techniques. All fishing safari gear, camping equipment, safety gear, and drinking water are available.
However, fly fishers will need to bring their own gear. More serious anglers can look for big Nile Perch using GPS, fish-finder, the latest equipment, and an experienced and capable skipper.
Fishing in Lake Victoria
The world’s second-largest freshwater lake by surface area has over 80 islands within it. Sportfishing is available all year round, but the best time is between October to March. Anglers use trolling with lures and can catch large Nile perch that weigh up to 80 kilograms. Fly fishing is also prevalent and used to catch tilapia fish.
You will need a boat ride to the islands, but prevailing weather conditions may determine the fishing site.
Lake Mburo Fishing Safari
Sportfishing in Lake Mburo is conducted around the restricted Mazinga area. Lake Mburo National Park has 5 lakes, with Lake Mburo being the largest. Uganda Wildlife Authority issues a fishing permit. Guests are allowed to cook the fish they catch in Lake Mburo.
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Please make sure you have your facemask on when in contact with animals, especially the endangered creatures. Without a negative PCR Covid Test, you’ll not be allowed into the country. You’ll spend most of your time in open spaces away from human crowds, with that there’s minimal to no infections of the COVID virus.
Flexible booking terms
Your booking can be extended up to 12 months ahead with no extra fees, in case of any emergency (based on accommodation availability). Reservations are accepted after we receive a 30% deposit on the trip and the full payment for gorilla tracking and chimp tracking permits for each tour participant. For more details on our booking terms, please read our Terms and Conditions.