Sport Fishing Tours in Uganda: Uganda is a fantastic fishing location. With water covering one-third of the country, there is plenty of potential for sport fishing. Sport fishing tours in Uganda are popular on Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo National Park and in the renowned Murchison Falls National Park.

Uganda has around 350 kinds of fish, with tilapia and Nile perch being the most commercially fished. The large Nile perch found here may weigh up to 200 kg. Other fish captured include Barbel, Tiger fish, Catfish, Ferocious fighter, Lungfish, and many more. The most often found fish on a Uganda fishing safari is tilapia, which can be caught on Ssese islands on Lake Victoria. You can also experience the flavour of the snack fish, which is most commonly caught near Murchison Falls.

Nile perch fishing in Uganda’s Lake Victoria is impossible! Over 108 kg of Nile perch has been trapped below the Murchison Falls. Other fish you may capture besides Nile perch are catfish weighing more than 50kg, Tilapia, Tiger fish, Ngara, furious fighter, and barbel.

Sport Fishing Destinations in Uganda.

Sport Fishing Tours in Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls National Park now offers sport fishing at the base of the falls. Fishing is done from the rocks on the river’s bank or from a boat further downstream in the pools. The fishing places may be reached by boat from a location farther downstream, or by walking down the valley from the top of the falls to the river. Because it’s a difficult journey back up, most people go fishing for the day to avoid hiking up in the heat of the day.

The park is Uganda’s biggest protected area, with a diverse range of animal species. It is located north-west of Kampala, about a four-hour drive away. Fishing is popular all year, although the ideal time to go is during the peak season “dry seasons” of December to March and June to October. Sport fishing is permitted on the banks of the Nile River, which runs through the famous Murchison Falls National Park in the northern part of Uganda.

It is possible to do it in the evenings in Paraa safari resort and at Karuma falls near Chobe safari lodge. They may be reached by boat or by hiking down the slopes of the falls to reach the rock beneath the falls.

During your sport fishing tour in Uganda, try to bring your own equipment or lease it from the resort, such as casting lures, live bait, spinning, and hooks. A sport fishing permit in Murchison falls national park is priced at $50 USD for one and $150 USD for 4 days.


Sport Fishing Tours in Uganda
Sport fishing in Murchison falls national park

Sport fishing tours in Murchison falls national park can be combined with a boat cruise along the Nile delta, game drives, birding, Top of the falls drive, guided nature walk or community cultural tours.

Sport Fishing Tours in Lake Mburo National Park.

Sport fishing tours in Lake Mburo national park are possible for visitors interested in fishing activities during their to the park.  Sport fishing in Lake Mburo national park is done at Mazinga on Lake Mburo; and the lake contains about six species of fish, with tilapia being the most common type of fish caught on the lake. A sport fishing permit in Lake Mburo national park costs $15 USD for one day and $25 USD for 4 days.

Sport Fishing Tours on Lake Victoria in Uganda

With a size of 68,800 square kilometers and an elevation of 1100 meters above sea level, Lake Victoria is the biggest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world. It is shared by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Lake Victoria boasts clean water that is ideal for sport fishing, and it is also the largest body of water in Africa, shared by three East African countries. Which may be done in Jinja, Uganda’s second most developed town after Kampala; it is a two-hour journey from Kampala to Jinja. Fly fishing tactics provide a good possibility of capturing tilapia weighing 1 to 2 kg.

There are two fishing trip sessions along Lake Victoria, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Because the sun may be out around this time, it is recommended that you charter a boat with a sun shade and bring some sunscreen.

Sport Fishing Tours in Uganda
sport fishing on lake Victoria

Because of the immensity of the lake, there is no designated fishing area. The spotting location is determined by the weather. On your fishing trip, you will use a speed boat that is 18 to 30 feet long and can hold up to four people.

Other Activities to do in Uganda besides Sport Fishing.

There are a lot of activities that you can do during your Uganda safari besides sport fishing and these include; gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park or Mgahinga Gorilla national park, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park, wildlife viewing in Murchison Falls national park,  or lion tracking in Queen Elizabeth national park or chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest.

In short; Sport fishing is one of the greatest ways to spend your vacation in Uganda. And the tranquillity of the sea is one of the reasons why people enjoy fishing as a sport. Being calm and serene is a wonderful experience for rejuvenating one’s thoughts and bringing enthusiasm. You might opt to have a healthy competition of capturing the biggest fish while on your Uganda safaris vacation with your family or friends.

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