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Sport Fishing Safaris

Sport fishing refers to recreational fishing activities done for leisure and enjoyment rather than commercial purposes. Uganda has numerous lakes and rivers which offers ample opportunities for sport fishing tourists to pursue various freshwater fish species totaling up to 350 such as Nile perch, tilapia, catfish and tiger fish etc. Sport fishing in Uganda often involves catch-and-release practices to preserve fish populations and ecosystems. Many tourists visit Uganda specifically for its sport fishing opportunities, enjoying the thrill of the country’s scenic waterways while contributing to local tourism.

Uganda offers a diverse and rewarding sport fishing experience like no other. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast, the country’s rich waters beckon with endless opportunities for adventure, excitement and unforgettable memories. So pack your bags and embark on an unforgettable fishing journey in the heart of East Africa. Uganda awaits, ready to unleash its aquatic wonders upon eager tourists from around the world.

Conservation efforts are increasingly important to ensure the sustainability of the country’s fisheries. Catch-and-release practices, responsible techniques and support for local conservation initiatives are essential to safeguarding the health of Uganda’s aquatic ecosystems for future generations of anglers to enjoy.

Best place for sport fishing in Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park

The mighty River Nile crosses through Murchison Falls National Park and in its waters is the renowned Nile Perch. This park is located 340 kilometers away from the Kampala city. Presently the Murchison Falls National Park is the best place to do sport fishing.  here, this activity can be carried out throughout the year however the best time for sports fishing is from  January up to March and then from July up to October. The section of the river Nile flowing through the park is also home to Tilapia, catfish, Tiger fish (Awaka), barbell, Tilapia, ferocious fighter, Angara and yellow fish among other species. Fishing is usually done by boat around the banks of the river although anglers can walk to the base of waterfalls to throw their lines.

Lake Victoria. As Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria offers a wealth of fishing opportunities, including the chance to catch Nile perch, tilapia, catfish, and more. The lake’s vast expanse provides ample room for tourists to explore, whether fishing from the shores or chartering a boat for a deeper excursion. Popular fishing spots on Lake Victoria include Entebbe, Jinja, and Ssese Islands. Fishing in Lake Victoria is done all year long but the months between October and March are best for sport fishing. The most common fishing method in Lake Victoria is trolling with lures.

Lake Mburo. Nestled in the heart of Uganda’s savanna, it is the closest national park to Kampala city and it takes on three hours of driving by road to get there. Lake Mburo National Park is a picturesque setting for freshwater fishing. Here, anglers can enjoy the tranquility of the lake while casting lines for tilapia, catfish, and lungfish. The park’s serene surroundings and abundant wildlife add to the allure of fishing in this scenic location.

The Nile River. Renowned as the world’s longest river, the Nile is a legendary fishing destination that offers a diverse range of species and habitats. Anglers can target Nile perch, tigerfish, catfish, and numerous other freshwater fish species in the Nile’s waters. Areas such as Murchison Falls National Park and the stretch of river near Jinja are particularly popular for sport fishing excursions.

Sipi Falls. The Sipi Falls in Eastern Uganda are also considered a great fishing destination. The top species to look out for is the rainbow fish which weighs around 3 kilograms. Local guides and tour operators can often arrange fishing excursions for visitors who are interested in trying their luck in the waters near Sipi Falls. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just looking for a relaxing way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the area, fishing at Sipi Falls can be a memorable part of your visit to Uganda.

What to pack

Tourists are advised to carry all necessary supplies such as medications, Sun protection like hats, sunglasses, creams as it can be very hot, spare batteries for electronic equipment and cameras and mosquito spray must be brought with you. Hiking/safari boots are best for foot wear, especially for shore fishing from the steep, rough rocks. Lightweight and light coloured clothes for fishing are best as they are cooler and the tsetse flies are less attracted to them. Long sleeves and long trousers are best, but avoid blue/black dark colours where ever possible as these colours actually attract the tsetses! A light weight rain jacket and a sweater for the evenings is also recommended.