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African Waters | Trophy Tigerfish Safari | Tanzania

Overview

Tour code: TAN001  

With our partners, Tourette Fishing, we have put together the best Tigerfish fly fishing to that can be found on this planet, where fisherman have a real opportunity of landing Tigerfish of over 20lb’s. This destination provides shots at multiple trophy fish on a daily basis As well as getting plenty of shots at trophy-sized Tigerfish the fisheries provide anglers with numerous encounters with smaller fish averaging a staggering size of 8lb.

Tigerfish are renowned for their speed, power and aggression and once hooked the display of aerial acrobatics in their bid for freedom is jaw-dropping. The fishing camps are situated on the banks of the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers which run through some of the wildest and most dramatic lands in the whole of Africa. Because this area is protected by a hunting concession, it means that the natural wildlife is abundant and gives the adventurous angler the ultimate African fly fishing safari.

At the end of each fishing day, there is nothing quite like sitting back and relaxing around the braai, experiencing the tastes of this wild place and listening to the unique sounds of the African evening. During your six days of fishing, you will have access to over 120km of water when taking both rivers into account. Within this vast amount of water, there are many areas that hardly ever see an angler which is partly why the fishing here stays so consistent.

The two camps Dhala Camp (Mnyera River) and Samaki Camp (Ruhudji River) give you the perfect combination of a mobile bush Camp with the comfort and expertise of a regular lodge.

You will primarily fish both rivers from a drifting boat. Fishing in pairs your guide will take you to areas of the rivers which focus around the vast amounts of river structure, which comprises of fallen timber, long sandbanks, steep drop-offs and rocky outcrops. When conditions dictate, you can also make use of sand anchors and tying up to structure midstream to focus your attention on a specific stretch of water. All Tigerfish fly fishing is done from 18ft aluminium boats which are fitted with 15 – 25 horsepower motors. Each boat has ample storage areas and seating for three people. All boats are equipped with first aid equipment.

Realising that not every angler has the specific tackle to go head to head with these African powerhouses, the camps do hire out full Tigerfish fly fishing outfits that will give you the exact equipment you need for the weeks fishing. If you would like to bring your own tackle, then we would recommend that you take two 9# or 10# rod with a smooth dragged reel, capable of holding 350 metres of 30lb backing. Flies of all shapes and sizes work, but they all have to have one thing in common; super-strong hooks. The reason for this is that these Tigerfish are immensely strong, coupled with the fact that you need to stop them running into the structure that you teased them from.

If you like the idea of fishing lighter setups, then the two endemic species of Yellowfish found here can be great fun. Nymph fishing with a 5# and light tippets will give you a well-earned rest from casting at and playing Tigerfish. Another species that you may occasionally encounter when targeting the Tigerfish is the giant Vundu Catfish that live here; they are incredibly strong and will test your angling skills to the max.

One of the most promising things about this place is that due to the hard work being put into protecting this area as well as the superb fishery management that takes place the camps are flourishing and look to do so for many years to come.

If you have any questions about our Tigerfish fly fishing holiday to Tanzania, contact us in the office. Our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Make sure to explore all our Freshwater Fly Fishing Holidays. Additionally, you can call us on 01603 407596 to enquire.

Accommodation
Samaki Camp (Rhudji River)

Samaki Camp is located on the banks of the Ruhudji River. The camp has 3 traditional Meru tents, all of which are en-suite and have with twin or double configurations. The mess area is situated in the shade of the riverside forest. Most meals are enjoyed alfresco, under the stars on a beautiful sandbank in front of the camp.

All meals are prepared by our amazing camp chef. Fresh produce is flown into camp each week with the group. Due to the close relationship with the nearby hunting camp, guests can enjoy fresh venison during their stay. Breakfast is normally an early affair with tea, coffee, toast, cereal and fruit taken before getting onto the boat. We break for a mid-morning snack on the river banks at around 10 am. Lunch is taken on the river banks in a shaded spot selected by your guides. Dinners are served in the mess area or alfresco – under the African night sky.

Dhala Camp (Mnyera River)

The camp consists of four separate tents with twin or double configurations. All tents are erected on raised wooden decks, each with a private viewing deck overlooking the river. Tents are tastefully decorated with locally made furniture and soft furnishing. All tents are en-suite. Fall asleep to the sound of a rasping leopard and wake up with the sun and splashes of feeding Tigerfish, all in the privacy of your personal luxurious en-suite tent. Sleeping under canvas has never been this wonderful.

Dinners are enjoyed in the main dining area on a raised wooden deck overlooking the river. A covered lounge and living area complete the main camp. This area contains a small library, two lounges, electric points for charging mobile phones, cameras and laptops. It also has a comprehensive fly tying station should you wish to tie some of your own files.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin
Power: 110 volt
Meals: Main dining area
Alcohol: You can bring your own
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
Tigerfish
Season: 1st August – 20th November
Peak: September
Weight: 1lb to 27lb
Average Weight: 8lb

Itinerary

Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Dar Es Salam, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1: (Thursday)

Depart UK

Day 2: (Friday)

Arrive Dubai

Depart Dubai, Arrive Dar Es Salaam.

On arrival, a representative from African waters will be waiting to transfer you to your overnight hotel. Overnight Accommodation: Dar Es Salam Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

Day 3: Fishing Day (Saturday)

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for the private charter flight to the fishing camp. Note: we run these trips as a group of 8 people and then divide you all into 2 groups of 4 for the duration of your holiday. 1 group transfer to Ruhudji Camp and 1 group stay on the Mnyera River – Mnyera group will fish in the afternoon.

Overnight Accommodation: River Camp (Twin Rooms) F/B

Days 4 to 6: Fishing Days (Sunday to Tuesday)

Halfway through the week, the groups will swap camps, so you each receive 3 days fishing at each camp. Each day you will depart with your guide and fish either the Mnyera or Rhudji rivers depending on your rotation. Fishing is done by boat drifting down the rivers and is based on 2 anglers per boat and guide.

Overnight Accommodation: River Camp (Twin Rooms) F/B

Days 7 to 9: Fishing Days (Wednesday to Friday)

This is real exciting fishing, drifting down the river with your guide covering all the structure of fallen trees and gravel bars that are in the river that Tigerfish love to ambush their prey from.

Overnight Accommodation: River Camp (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 10: (Saturday)

Mnyera group will fish in the morning, before everyone catching the return private charter flight back to Dar Es Salaam. On arrival, you will be transferred back to the Dar Es Salam Hotel.

Overnight Accommodation: Dar Es Salam Hotel (Twin Rooms) B/B

Day 11: (Sunday)

Around lunchtime, you will take a taxi back to the International Airport.

Depart Dar Es Salaam
Arrive in Dubai.

Depart Dubai

Day 12: (Monday)

Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
29/08/2021 09/09/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
05/09/2021 16/09/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Sold Out N/A
12/09/2021 23/09/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
19/09/2021 30/09/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
26/09/2021 07/10/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/10/2021 14/10/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
10/10/2021 21/10/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
17/10/2021 28/10/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
24/10/2021 04/11/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
31/10/2021 11/11/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
07/11/2021 18/11/2021 12 11 6.5 £8,530 N/A Enquire Now N/A
28/08/2022 08/09/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A
04/09/2022 15/09/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A
11/09/2022 22/09/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A
18/09/2022 29/09/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A
25/09/2022 06/10/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A
02/10/2022 13/10/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A
09/10/2022 20/10/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A
16/10/2022 27/10/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A
23/10/2022 03/11/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A
30/10/2022 10/11/2022 12 11 6.5 £8,659 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation in Tanzania (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Meet and greet at Dar es Salaam Airport
  • All Camp Accommodation
  • All Transfers
  • Charter flight to Camp
  • 6 full days and 1 part day fishing
  • Professional guiding (1 guide per two anglers)
  • All meals and soft drinks, waters and beers at camp
  • Fishing licences and concession fees
  • Tanzania Government Conservation Levy of USD150/p/d

What's Excluded

  • Excludes hotel in Dar es Salaam both beginning and end of the itinerary
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • (Mandatory emergency medical evacuation policy recommend Global Rescue)
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Visas

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Dar Es Salaam

  • Single rooms in Dar Es Salaam

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry.

Visas are obtainable on arrival.

Medical Requirements

Valid yellow fever inoculations are required by most countries (on return from Tanzania) please enquires with your local travel clinic.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Dubai (approx 6 hrs) Dubai – Dar es Salaam (approx 5 hrs 30 mins) Dar es Salaam Airport – Fishing Camp (approx 1hr 45 mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights, we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Dar es Salaam Airport – Paradise Express Hotel (approx 15 mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the destination?

The camps are situated in a private game reserve in South Western Tanzania.

Where will I fish?

You will spend your fishing days travelling by boat fishing different areas of structure on the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

Both rivers are split up into 3 beats, with a total of 120km of fishable water. On average it takes between 30 to 60 minutes to reach the fishing grounds but this can be more if you want to go and explore these vast systems.

What fish will I catch?

The main prize is the Tanzania Tigerfish because their ferocity and size are legendary. There is also two species of endemic Yellowfish. It is possible to catch the incredible Vundu Catfish that live and hunt in these very special rivers.

How many fish will I catch?

The fishing here can vary from getting 20+ strikes from big Tigers in a day to getting 2 or 3. As with all Tigerfish, the difference between hooking a fish and landing it comes down to a lot of skill.

How do they fish?

To help with conservation and keeping the fishing pressure down the camps run as a fly fishing only operation. Using single handed rods in 9# you will be instructed by your guides to cast in and around the many submerged structures that the two rivers hold.

Do the guides speak English?

Yes, they all speak fluent English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Adventurous anglers with an affinity for African wilderness and remote locations.

What skill level is required?

Competent fly casters will do far better than beginners, but we welcome all anglers and our guides will plan fishing days to best suite individuals capabilities/limitations.  

How physically demanding is this trip?

There are long hours of casting 9wht rods on a drifting boat. A degree of fitness and the ability to cast a 9wht rod efficiently are important.

When is the best time to go?

The season runs between August to November and fishing is good throughout.

How to get there?

Your flights will take you into Dares Salaam where you will overnight in a hotel, the next morning you will be transferred to your private charter plane. Your private charter plane will take you out into the African bush and you will land on the camp airstrip so that you can begin your weeks fishing.

What is the accommodation like?

As far as bush accommodation goes this is luxury, rustic tented camps and wooden fishing bungalow all are En-Suite.  

What is the food like?

The food is typical Bush cuisine giving you the true taste of wild Africa.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Hire options and full outfitting options are available.

Is internet and phone signal available?

There is some limited cell signal on the Mnyera.

Are there other activities available?

All fishing takes place in a 7000sq km private concession. Game viewing, birding, sundowners, Game drives can be arranged between the two camps.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

 

Blogs

Reviews

Philip

A great trip which had some best and worse bits.

The best was a very unique location, amazing fishing, first class guides.

The worst bits are the overnight hotel both on the outbound and inbound for the airport Sea View Hotel is too upmarket for fishermen, plus as its 1.5 hours from the airport too much time is wasted in transfers.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Philip

Thanks for chatting on the phone and also for the feedback. I will report the points back to the operator, plus we can next time look at a lower end hotel that will be closer to the airport.

Looking forward to all the pictures.

Regards Peter

John

Fabulous rustic African safari experience chasing one of the most awesome freshwater predators on the fly.

Fishing was challenging where strong casting skills will pay off in more approaches and hook ups.

All in all an amazing adventure.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John

Was so good to catch up on the phone and congratulations on all your fish, there was some pretty impressive teeth in those beasts.

As normal thank you for the feedback and I look forward in managing your next adventure soon.

Regards Peter

Pauline

We stayed at the Nxamaseri Island Lodge and were very happy with the accommodation. Our room was spacious, comfortable and very clean. It seems we were lucky to have one of the newest rooms which are monkey proof, and having experienced how cheeky and opportunistic the monkeys are it was nice not having to keep everything packed away out of their reach. The only improvement I can think of would be the installation of ceiling fans in the rooms. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was excellent, everything being freshly cooked and plentiful.

Our visit occurred during the barbel run, which was amazing to witness. Our fishing guide, Pharecki, was great fun and so patient. His knowledge of the waterways was superb and he gave us some great fishing where we caught numerous barbels and tiger fish, although we lost many more than we caught. Those tiger fish were easier to hook than they were to get into the boat. The barbels are great fighters and we caught some good sized fish.

The variety of bird life was stunning and we saw elephants, hippos, an otter and numerous crocs from the boat, which all added to the excitement.

The organisation of the trip was very efficient and meant everything went very smoothly, so we had a lovely, hassle free break.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you kindly for the feedback from you both. It was so nice to hear that you both had such a great trip, enjoying both the fishing and all the animal life. We are all looking forward in seeing some of your pictures.

Also thank you for your kind words all about Sportquest Holidays service.

Not long now until your next trip

Regards Peter

Stephan

Certainly was the best Tigerfish fly fishing to be found on this planet. Fish with the guides at Tourette and you will be put on the fish.

Now have 20 fish landed over 20LB.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

They are fish to be very proud of as I would be indeed.

So nice to hear from you and thanks for talking the time to write a review. We have enjoyed working with Tourette as they are a very professional company for us to deal with for your customers.

Tight lines Peter

Peter

We used these guides to fish for Tigers on the fly and cannot rate them high enough.

If you every want to fish for monster tigerish look no further, we are so glad we chose them.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Everyone rates the guides its a great outfit and everyone speaks so highly of them, we are still to receive any negative comments.

Thank you for submitting a review, we would love to see any pictures from your trip.

Peter

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