Fantastic side trip to the Zambezi
In 2015, a buddy and I decided to travel to Africa. We had a complete itinerary preplanned and would travel to 6 countries. We spent 4 days in the Kruger National Park where we met a South African who suggested we take a side trip to experience the tiger fishing on the Zambezi. It only took 2 beers and a quick rearrangement of our travel plans to make the suggestion fit in. We were given the contact details of Mark Taylor- Memmory who we were told knew the river and was sure to show us a good time. A couple of phone calls later we were hooked up with Mark and had our flights booked to Zambia.
We met Mark at Johannesburg Airport. He would accompany us to Lusaka, Zambia. Mark would be our guide, fishing instructor, skipper, wildlife spotter, lunch time chef and entertainment director for the next 5 days.
We took the two hour flight to Lusaka where Mark had arranged a van transfer to the river. To our surprise the van had a well-stocked cooler box to keep our thirsts quenched the entire 3 hour drive. The biltong provided was welcomed and enjoyed.
Our home for the next five days was the Gwabi River Lodge. Very pleasant accommodation, great owners, delicious food and a nice bar area to savor the day’s activities over a cold beer.
The fishing experience was excellent. Mark knows the river like the back of his hand. The boat was in pristine condition and very fast. The fishing rods and tackle were provided and 1st class. This was great as we did not have any of our own gear.
We caught tiger and vindoo every day. We had bbq lunch on the sandbanks which Mark cooked and there was always a cold one on hand. Not only was the fishing first class , but we also got to see elephants, hippos, antelope, crocs and an amazing array of birdlife.
This unplanned side trip turned out to be the highlight of our Africa tour.