Angola is situated on the west coast of Southern Africa and is the worlds twenty-third largest country. It shares borders with Namibia to the South, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the North, Zambia to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The country has a varied terrain encompassing tropical Atlantic beaches, a labyrinthine system of rivers and a Sub-Saharan desert that extends across the border into Namibia.
It was off the international fishing community’s radar for many years, but it’s now becoming increasingly famous for its fishing holidays and game fishing opportunities. Each year, it produces some fantastic catches and offers a vast array of species, which you can successfully target on either the lure, bait or fly.
The fishing in Angola is exhilarating and varied. One day you can be fishing the river’s mouth for giant Tarpon; the next, you can be offshore fishing the ocean’s clear blue waters for giant Tuna and Marlin. Angola is also a popular destination for shore fishing, with miles of sandy beaches.
A popular spot amongst travelling anglers is the Cuanza River, one of the longest rivers in Angola. It empties into the Atlantic Ocean just south of the national capital Luanda. It’s at the river’s mouth where the best fishing opportunities occur; the waters are alive with Tarpon, African Cubera Snapper, Senegal Kob, Giant African Threadfins and the supercharged Jacks.
At Kwanza Lodge the fishing is varied with the opportunity to one day, fish the freshwaters of the river Cuanza for super huge Tarpon and then the next to be some nautical miles offshore fishing for huge Marlin. The guides will make sure that all your requirements are catered for, so if you wish to troll all day or even popper fish then this will be tailored into your itinerary.
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"Angola... What a place! Before I travelled I tried to do as much research as I could on the country and the fishing, as I'd never travelled somewhere so remote before, so was a little nervous. But from the second I left everything was taken care of and was so easy. If you like lure and popper fishing and the thought of not knowing what might smash your lure next, then I'd certainly recommend looking at the Kwanza Lodge."
"Me and my partner had a fantastic time, we enjoyed some unbelievable fishing using a range of lures and poppers and caught some mega fish. Those Jack's don't half pull back! The lodge and all the staff were brilliant too."
"Five-star fishing, food and accommodation! The River Cuanza was a little different from my local River Trent, but the fishing was fantastic. Landing a 70lb Cubera Snapper was certainly one of the highlights!"
The waters are rich and teem with fish left untouched by human interference for many years due to the civil war, and it’s now becoming a sought-after angling destination. The fishing packages to Angola are significantly varied as there’s an extensive variety of different opportunities. One day you can be fishing a river for smaller Jack Crevalle and Longfin Jack; the next, you can be out to sea targeting huge Sailfish and Marlin.
The fishing in Angola is plentiful all year round; however, there are better months to target specific species. From November to March, you can enjoy some fantastic sport with Tarpon, Jack Crevalle, Sailfish, Dorado, and Marlin. From April to October, you can target the Snapper, Threadfin, Giant Barracuda and Corvina.
The Atlantic Ocean laps the west coast of Angola and has some of the most beautiful scenery known to man, with over 40 miles of untouched beaches. Beach and estuary fishing is popular, but so is big game fishing, as the Atlantic waters are rich and offer some exciting offshore sport.
Angola is considered one of the world’s best fishing destinations to catch Sailfish, Dorado and Marlin, with huge average Blue Marlin sizes.
If you love adventure fishing and the wild outdoors, then you will love Angola. Due to our lodges’ location, the birdlife is impressive; with over 300 species readily seen, it’s a bird watchers paradise. Along with birdlife, you will also see many different animals as they come down to the river to take a drink.
The Kwanza Lodge, constructed in the early 1990s, was built right on the Kwanza River banks and has been one of the most popular fishing lodges in Angola for over 20 years. Located 74km south of Luanda, the fully air-conditioned wooden lodges overlook the river Kwanza banks. They provide some stunning scenery and peace and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For many years, anglers from around the world have fished this little unheard piece of paradise.
As the fishing is so varied, there’s a range of experienced fishing guides on hand to cater to all your needs and put you on the fish. They regularly keep us updated on what is working, so you know what fishing tackle to take. A good variety of small poppers, small shallow diving lures and a selection of jigs will be enough when fishing the river. All trolling equipment is available when fishing offshore. If you’ve never been trolling before, why not read our blog on Is Big Game Trolling Fishing Right For Me?
Excluding the travelling and fighting with the large fish species, the fishing is not too physically demanding. Still, the guides are on hand to make your day and experience as enjoyable as possible.