Okavango Catfish Run Tiger Fishing Safari Botswana
Okavango Catfish Run Tiger Fishing Safari Botswana
Have you ever wanted a private safari for Tiger Fish? well now is your chance with this perfect tour that is also timed to coincide with the famous catfish Run which sends hundreds of Tigers in massive feeding frenzy’s
Designed and caters for BOTH Lure and Fly Anglers
If you take any activity and push it to the wildest edge, you create magic. Tiger fishing over the Catfish run on the Okavango River is definitely one such activity. Your need to fish wild and remote waters, to create your own magic, may well be what drives you. At Sportquest Holidays we understand this urge is far more than fleeting. It is an intrinsic need that motivates all you do. You don’t just want to fish, you NEED to fish.
With your limited time, we understand you want to fish the best waters at the optimum time of year with the best guides in the industry. Rest assured we have scouted the finest, wildest and most productive African fisheries for your enjoyment. So, when next you get the urge to get out and go tight, let us assist in pushing you to the wildest edge of African sport fishing. It is on this edge that you can create your own magic. Come on, try fight it in Africa!
THE RIVER & FISHING
The Okavango River spills into the North Western corner of Botswana after a long journey through the Caprivi Strip of Namibia and the catchment area within Angola. Although the river travels for many hundreds of kilometres before entering Botswana, the truly remarkable happens when the rising waters reach the flood plains of the Okavango delta – the only inland Delta on our planet. With a marginal elevation difference between Shakawe, in the north of the pan handle, and Maun, some 400km away, the flooding water creates a seemingly endless area of lagoons, winding rivers, oxbow lakes, floodplains and papyrus islands. The area is vast and at its largest covers a staggering
16 000 square kilometres. Considering the perfect nursery these flood waters provide for juvenile and smaller fish species, one can hardly comprehend the volume of potential Tigerfish fodder that live in this temporary asylum. At its lowest, the area drops to 9 000 square kilometres. It is the poor misplaced Pisces from that difference of 7 000 square kilometres that make the Okavango River an incredible place to be when the mounting baitfish are finally flushed out into the main channels, where the Tigerfish lie in wait.
Each year between September and November the waters receding off the vast Okavango flood plains force recently spawned bait fish from the security of the vegetation rich plains into the dog-eat-dog world of the main Okavango River. The healthy population of catfish in the Okavango River zone in on these helpless bait fish and form massive feeding frenzies, at times thousands of fish, thrashing in the river margins as fleeing bait fish scatter along the surface. These frenzies are commonly referred to as “catfish runs” and are often termed the fresh water equivalent of the wildebeest migration. Witnessing the catfish run alone is reason to get to the Okavango River over these dates. It is however the Tiger fishing that draws avid sport fisherman from around the globe to the Okavango River each year. Tigerfish, arguable the finest fighting fresh water game fish around, feed with abandon around the catfish run, providing some of the finest fly fishing available. Our partners and guides have over 18 years combined experience on these waters and will guide you competently and professionally over the annual catfish run.
Xaro Safari Lodge
This is an exclusive “tented” lodge located in the Shakawe region in the Western Pan Handle of the Okavango Delta, on the main Okavango channel. From the lodge you have the opportunity to fish the Okavango River as well as the numerous pristine lagoons situated close by.
Xaro Lodge has 8 spacious en suite meru tents sleeping 2 guests each. The tents have been specially designed with glass doors in the front of the tent. Each tent is on leadwood decks and all have views of the Okavango River. Meals are served and enjoyed in the dining area overlooking the river. The living area consists of an inside bar dining area which contains plug points for charging batteries, cameras and laptops. There is also a beautiful lounge area under trees outside overlooking the river. The lodge also boasts a swimming pool for mid day swims and for those who want to take some time off fishing and simply soak up the Okavango sun. There is an outside fire place over looking the river – the perfect place for evening sundowners.
The Mobile Approach
With our partners we have pioneered the mobile approach to fishing the catfish run. Using Xaro Lodge as our base we offer our guests the opportunity to follow the runs and camp “comfortably wild” on the numerous islands scattered along the Okavango River.
A typical stay involves clients spending one or two nights camping wild on deserted islands close to productive runs. In doing this, we are able to put guests into good runs away from the normal fishing areas. This allows us to fish these far off runs during the golden hour of sunset, instead of having to head back to the lodge before dark. Depending on group preferences and location of productive runs, more or fewer nights can be spent fly camping.
An average day starts with a wake up call by your guide. Following an early breakfast you will start your day fishing. Packed lunches are enjoyed on shaded islands on the river, or you will return for lunch and a siesta over the heat of the day. The afternoon is again spent chasing tigers around the runs, or in productive waters such as drop offs, confluences and lagoon entrances. Our unique fly camping option has made this trip a firm favourite amongst our regulars and should be experienced by all who visit the area.
We use custom built aluminium fly fishing boats, fitted with 60 – 100HP outboard motors. All boats fish 1 guide and 2 guests. Boats range 16 – 18ft and are equipped with line stripping bins and marine carpeting to prevent noise. All boats carry safety equipment, spot lights and have ample dry storage facilities.
All this for ONLY £2,200 per person
We also have a couple of charter durations available if you so wish.
5 nights shared accommodation (Xaro Lodge – en suite luxury tents)
All meals, Teas, Coffees, and water
International flights (We arrange these for you once you pick the class you wish to fly)
Return Flights from Jhb to Maun (We arrange these for you pick the class you wish to fly)
Transfers or charter flights from Maun (We arrange these for you, you have a choice of road transfer 4hrs or taking a charter flight)
3 – 7 Sept 2017: 6 rods (4 nights)
17 – 20 Sept: 4 rods (3 nights)
2 – 7 Oct 2017: Fully Booked
10 – 14 Oct 2017: 6 rods (5 nights)
16 – 21 Oct 2017: Fully Booked
23 – 28 Oct 2017: 1 rod (5 nights)
For full details or wish to book a place call the office on 01603 407596 or just CLICK HERE
Remember we can also take single anglers……….