Imports are done monthly

Orders are first come, first serve and fish are usually pre-ordered.

Contact Siv on +27 83 389 2369 via Phone or Whatsapp to confirm availability and make a booking. We ship country wide (South Africa) and World Wide.

Fish are quarantined at the lake before shipping to South Africa. Once received, fish are further quarantined and treated for a period of 7 to 14 days before shipping to customers, and only healthy fish will be shipped out.

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Some pics of the latest shipments


  • Golden Ocellatus R300

    60 pieces

  • Lamprologus Modestus R350

    40 pieces

  • Neolamprologus Pulcher R380

    50 pieces

  • Lamprologus Caudopunctatus R350
  • Xenotilapia Flavipinnis R350

    30 Pieces

  • Astatotilapia Burtoni R350

    30 Pieces

  • Altolamprologus Compressiceps Chituta Fire Fin R380

    30 Pieces

  • Tropheus Blue Rainbow R380

    40 Pieces

  • Neolamprologus Mustax R350

    30 Pieces

  • Eretmodus Cyanostictus (Striped Goby Cichlid) R350

    30 Pieces

  • Tropheus Mbita Island (Lemon Spot) R380

    40 Pieces

  • Lamprologus Mondabu R350

    40 Pieces

  • Cyprichromis Leptosoma Mbita Island R380

    40 Pieces

  • Neolamprologus Sexfaciatus R380

    30 Pieces

  • Paracyprichromis Brieni R380

    40 Pieces

  • Ctenochromis Horii R380

    40 Pieces

  • Trophues Chikonde R380

    40 Pieces

  • Julidichromis Ornatus R350

    40 Pieces

  • Neolamprologus Multifasciatus R300

    50 Pieces

  • Tanganyikan Eel (Mastacembelus Ellipsifer) R550

    5 Pieces

About Us

Welcome to Samaki Kings where we take pride in importing wild caught African Cichlids of the highest quality.

We are constantly expanding our operation and importing wild caught African cichlids from only the best suppliers.

Our ongoing mission is to supply you with high quality fish and provide you with an experience that exceeds your expectations.

Our goal is to maintain the highest standards in Cichlid care. Our aim is to keep providing as many different species to the avid hobbyist and those starting out in the hobby of African Cichlids. We hope to keep the dream of owning wild caught African Cichlids a constant reality.


Species Profiles

Neolamprologus Mustax

Neolamprologus mustax is a species of cichlid endemic to Lake Tanganyika. This species reaches a length of 9 centimetres. It can also be found in the aquarium trade. Individuals are yellow in color and thus resemble juveniles of another cichlid species…


The convict julie (Julidochromis regani) is a cichlid species in the subfamily Pseudocrenilabrinae family endemic to Lake Tanganyika. Hence it is found in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia.


Tropheus is a small genus of at least six species of cichlids endemic to Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. The genus is widespread across all regions of Lake Tanganyika..

Lake Tanganyika & The History of the Cichlid

Lake Tanganyika is an astounding natural wonder, holding 15% of the Earth’s available freshwater and stretching over 600kms up the center of Africa from Zambia to Burundi. But it is the life that has evolved here over the past 10 million years or so that really stands apart from anywhere else on the planet.

Thousands of unique species survive in Lake Tanganyika having evolved independently over the eons in isolation and into incredible arrays. But it is the divergence of a group of fish known as Cichlids ( Cichlidae ) that truly stand apart from life anywhere else.

Lamprologus Ocellatus “Gold”

Often called an inland sea, these group of fish are surprisingly reminiscent of tropical fish found on the reefs of the world’s oceans, despite Tanganyika never having been connected to the ocean. At somewhere around 250 species (and counting), the cichlids of Tanganyika are remarkable in their diversity, complexity of behavior, colour and breeding habits. Almost all are found nowhere else.