Top 10 Fishing Vacations in Africa and the Middle East
Africa and the Nile Valley was where it all started. The earliest forms of fishing happened here and evolved into what they are today. On both the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean sides of the continent there are growing infrastructures for fishermen looking to catch the vast amounts of Marlin and sailfish here, while the Cape has long been a fascinating spot to pull in marlin and sharks. Inland, lakes dominated by Nile Perch are still a good bet, although pollution and over fishing are a major concern.
- Mombasa, Kenya
The waters surrounding Mombasa are one of the world’s bets for deep sea fishing. Whether you’re after big game such as Marlin or fly fishing for Sailfish and Dorado you won’t be disappointed.
- Cape Verde Islands
This string of islands 380 miles off the African coast are one of the most consistent Blue Marlin catching grounds in the world.
- Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape is prime fishing ground. Not only is it one of the bets spots to catch Yellowfin Tuna, often weighing as much as 80 kilograms, but Dorado, and Blue and Mako Sharks can be caught as well.
- Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Angling for the elusive Tiger Fish while watching lions, hippos, and other Big Game swim from island to island is just one of the many wonders of this fascinating man-made lake.
- Lake Nassar, Egypt
Giant Vundu catfish, Tiger fish, Nile Perch, and Tilapia make this mostly untouched lake one of the greatest freshwater destinations worldwide.
- Zanzibar, Tanzania
There’s good sport fishing year round, some of the best in Africa. Go for Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, and Striped, Blue, and Black Marlin.
- Luana, Angola
The world record Atlantic Sailfish was caught here in 1994. Chances are there are others like it. Good luck.
Everything from Black Marlin and Mako Sharks to Skipjack Tuna can be caught off this island in the Indian Ocean.
- Lake Victoria, Kenya
Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest freshwater lake. It’s roughly the size of Ireland and filled with Tilapia and Nile Perch, although the catches are getting smaller and smaller.
When not skiing indoors or staying at a seven star hotel, try your hand at fishing in the Gulf for Sailfish, Spanish mackerel, Dorado, Grouper, and Snapper.