The Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers which flow through our Kilombero Valley hunting blocks offer exhilarating tiger fishing! These rivers are widely regarded as the best tiger fishing rivers in Africa. Due to the vast amount of rivers flowing through our Kilombero blocks and high density of tiger fish, we can offer exclusive fly-fishing in selected areas as well as conventional fishing for trophy fish, and as a result you can target trophy fish in the 10 – 25lbs pound range. After a full day of fishing you will have the luxury to relax at our comfortable tented luxury fishing camp on the banks of the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers, which offers en-suite tented accommodation and is equipped with 220 volt electricity and is fully catered with daily laundry services.
You can book an all out fishing safari with us which is focused around tiger fishing, or if you are coming out on a hunting safari you can add it onto your package as a part of your bespoke Kilombero North Safaris experience.
Our team of international guides make sure all our guests who join us for a fishing experience have world class guiding by true experts. Their commitment to sustainable and responsible fishing management is respected globally and ensures all our guests encounter the best that the waters of the Mnyera and Rhudji Rivers have to offer.
In the past, trophy tiger fish have been classified as fish above 10 pounds. This benchmark has been shattered with the average fish in this system coming home at just under 8 pounds. Here fishermen have a real opportunity of landing tiger fish of over 20 pounds, with shots at multiple trophy fish on a daily basis.
Guests have access to 40km of fishable waters on the Mnyera River. The Mnyera River changes character quickly over its fishable length. From rapids and pools in heavily wooded riverine forests on the upper reaches, the structure rich mid sections, courtesy of centuries of erosion and fallen trees, to the deep “outside bends” and clay banks of the lower reaches. The Mnyera, with its incredibly diverse river structure is a veritable tiger fish haven and one that all guests visiting this amazing river will appreciate.
Situated in the neighbouring catchment (one valley south of the Mnyera) is this remote river with a charm and attraction that is hard to explain. Guests fishing the Ruhudji River have access to 80km of fishable water. The river is quite different from the Mnyera. It is a shallower river, with long sections of sand banks followed by deep outside bends and pools in the lower reaches. The river changes in its upper reaches to a narrow deep river bordered by steep banks and heavily wooded forests as it enters the “gorge area”.
When fishing the Ruhudji River, the Tiger fish (Hydrocynus tanzaniae) range in size from 1 to 28lbs. Yellow fish species, Catfish, Bream and Vundu are also available for the species aficionados. The guides in conjunction with leading ichthyologists since 2008 identified over 30 different species of fish.
The majority of the fishing is done off the drift. Here the attention is focused on the river structure, which comprises fallen timber, long sandbanks, steep drop-offs and rocky outcrops. When conditions dictate, we also make use of sand anchors and tying up to structure mid stream to focus our attention on a specific stretch of water. All fishing is done off 18 feet aluminium boats.
This river has received very little fishing pressure over the centuries, and with the controlled fly-fishing venture will continue to do so. The system is also extremely rich in baitfish (predominantly red finned barbs). The combination of these factors has resulted in this population of tiger fish obtaining otherwise unheard-of sizes. Trophy fish in this system are measured above 15lbs. So be prepared to have your tiger fishing paradigms shifted!
All meals are prepared by the 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 riverbanks at around 10am. Lunch is taken on the riverbanks in a shaded spot selected by your guides. Dinners are served in the mess area, or alfresco under the African night sky.