Kendjam Lodge - Fly fishing only
Kendjam, 550 miles southeast of Manaus, is a remote and small indigenous community located in the epicenter of the Kayapó Indigenous Nation — the Mekragnoti Indigenous Territory, over 12 million acres of pure, virgin Amazon forest.
The Iriri River
Target over ten different species in crystal clear fast waters. The Iriri River system runs over a huge granite base, which facilitates wet wading and many sight casting opportunities.
This is an exclusive fly-fishing-only fishery – pacu, peacock bass, wolf fish, payara, and more. Kendjam is home to the very first multi-species fly-fishing-only
destination where an angler can target several different species in the crystal-clear, fast Amazon waters. Kendjam is a hidden
treasure protected for centuries by the last guardians of the Amazon jungle: the Kayapó warriors.
The Iriri River is almost entirely located inside the Mekragnoti Indian Territory and an Ecological Reserve. This untouched environment has over 800 miles of rivers and three major tributaries. The Iriri River has never been fished before by any anglers other than the indigenous population. Allowed by the Brazilian Government, the Kendjam Project has been in development for the past two years.
View Kendjam - Kayapo Legacy Video
The aggressive wolf fish - pictured above.
Fishing season runs mid-June to the end of August - the best months of the season.
Boats: 25-30’ aluminum canoes with long-tailed outboards. Two anglers per boat and guides. Both anglers can fish in the boat at the same time. These boats are stable to cast from.
Guides: For every two anglers, there is a professional English-speaking fly fishing guide and a Kayapo-local native guide.
Fishing licenses are included in your package.
Fishing Days: Days 2 - 7, each day after breakfast, about 8:00 a.m., anglers head out for a day's fishing. Fishing tackle and gear are not included in the package. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Group size: Maximum of eight anglers per week.
Outcamps: There are two new outcamps, one on an upper beat of the Iriri River and one at the lower end. This allows anglers access to an amazing area rarely fished before and increases your fishing time each day. Each outcamp accommodates two anglers.
Sample Fishing Itinerary:
Fishing program: The Iriri River is divided into a number of beats that anglers rotate between. All of the beats have plenty of both wade fishing and boat fishing opportunities. For those intent on sight fishing, time spent on foot exploring coves and braids proves particularly productive.
Kendjam Lodge - Deluxe Tent Camp
The camp is located about 28 miles downstream from the Kendjam community, on a sandy beach area overlooking a gorgeous pool on the Iriri River. Accommodations are four, double-occupancy cabin-style safari tents each with spring box beds, a private bathroom, hot water, and
electric lights. Solar panels provide full electric power every night, and each tent has 110-volt plugs. You may charge batteries and use an electric shave. For the more adventurous,
the Lodge offers a two-night outcamp location to reach the most remote and wild areas of the Iriri River.
Meals: A dedicated chef prepares American meals and regional favorites. Dinners feature a mix of pasta dishes, chicken, steak, or pork. Bottled water, coffee, and juices are provided. Complimentary wine and beer are available at the Lodge with appetizers and dinner.
Communication: There is a satellite phone available for you to use. You'll be charged $5.00 per minute. Wi-Fi is also available, though with limited bandwidth, and is included in the package. There is no cell phone service.
An English-speaking representative will meet you at the airport in Manaus and transfer you to the five-star Caesar Business Hotel in Manaus for your overnight stay. (The transfer and the first hotel night are included in the package.) The next morning the host will pick up the group and head to the local airport to board the private charter, a 9-person Cessna Caravan plane, to Kendjam. After a four-hour flight, guests will arrive at the Kendjam Indian Community landing strip where the guides and staff will be waiting. The group will be presented to the Indian chiefs, and a brief orientation of the fishing week will be made. You will then travel from three hours downstream in a motorized canoe to the remote safari camp.
7-nights at camp / 1-night in Manaus
June 15 thru August
Two anglers per boat and tent:
8-nights and 6-days guided fishing $6,780.00 p.p.
($6,250 + $530 Native Comm. Fee)
One angler per boat and tent:
(based upon availability)
($9,175 + $530 Native Comm. Fee)
($3,200 + $320 Native Comm. Fee)
All internal charter flights and all necessary boat and ground transfers in Brazil, one overnight at the hotel in Manaus upon arrival, use of guide-operated aluminum boats per two anglers, fishing licenses, all meals at the Lodge, wine and beer with dinner, daily laundry service, and upon request, our eBook Fly Fishing for Peacock Bass by Larry Schoenborn.
Packages do not include:
International airfare, Brazilian visa, Indian Association Fee, paid in cash upon arrival to Brazil ($530.00 p.p. for anglers and $320.00 for non-anglers), tips and gratuities for camp staff and guides, food and beverages in Manaus (and during any private city tours), satellite phone calls ($5.00 per minute), extra hotel overnights, tackle, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
A Typical Kendjam Day:
5:30 a.m. - Coffee is hot.
7:00 a.m. - Breakfast.
8:00 a.m. - Head to fishing grounds.
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Anglers will have a picnic-style lunch on the river.
1:00 p.m. - After lunch, fishing will resume until late afternoon. The guides will deliver anglers back to the camp around 5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - Cocktails and appetizers will be served
7:30 p.m. - Dinner will be served.