*As seen in The Logbook. January 2019.
Mpata Gorge in eastern Zambia is an amazing if relatively unknown part of the world. Carved out of the land by the Zambezi River, it is a superb location for water activities and offers the infamous tigerfish as a tantalising lure for any fans of sport and fly fishing.
Redcliff Zambezi Lodge was founded by Nic van Huyssteen in 1996. South African with a background in farming and a love of fly fishing, he now works with over ten locally employed staff members and together they provide river safaris up the Zambezi, game treks and bird watching to a host of year-round guests. Visitors from around the world, looking to experience the contrasting elements that are offered in this region, come to Nic to benefit from his expertise in getting the most out of this area.
“We are the only commercial lodge for over 50km, and the remoteness of the lodge is its appeal,” Nic says, “You can be here for days without seeing another boat. Also, as aside from Mpata Gorge, the remaining area is flat, open flood plains there is a diverse amount of wildlife to see. Then there is also the fishing!”
Other fish species found in the local waters include Cornish Jack, bottle-nose, silver catfish, bream and vundu to name a few. There are over 30 species in all and reportedly some of the best catches have been made right off the jetty below the lodge itself. Fly-fishing for the Zambezi tigerfish, a 7 kg fish that thrives in these warm waters has become an increasingly popular activity.
There are four double chalets and two family sized chalets on site, built from local stone and roofed with tents in a distinguished bush-camp style. Each chalet is designed to blend with the natural aesthetic of the surrounding bush which brings to mind rugged, outdoorsy accommodation. In contrast, the interiors, beds and bathrooms are top of the line and promise fantastic comfort. The terraces overlook the Zambezi river and are perfect for an evening rest or a morning coffee.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Sunscreen is a must. Nic also recommends hats, walking shoes and to make sure you have your malaria medication ready. If in doubt, he can be contacted to give you a break down of what you will need. This is a journey into Africa, so make sure you bring a hankering for some adventure.
Depending on charters flights or self-drives $275.00 to $450.00 per person per night.
ADDRESS: Lower Zambezi Rafunsa GMA
TELEPHONE NUMBER: +260 96 320 7351 & +260 97 112 0470 – Whatsapp calls only.