Tourette Fishing Combo - Fish Two Rivers and Stay at Two Camps
Over the past five years, Tourette's fisheries on the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers in South West Tanzania, have become recognized as the go-to destination for tiger fish in the 10-to 28-pound range. On both rivers, anglers have the opportunity of landing tigers over 20-pounds, with daily shots at multiple trophy fish. Tiger fish are renowned for their speed, strength, aerial antics, and aggressive nature. In the past, trophy tigers have been classified as fish above 10-pounds. Here, tigers average just under eight-pounds, shattering this benchmark.
Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers:
These two rivers flow through one of the world’s last true wilderness areas. Dhalla (the main camp on the Mnyera River) and Samaki Camp (on the Ruhudji River) offer the adventurous
fly angler the ultimate African fly fishing safari. Guests have access to over 120km (74.56 miles) on two adjacent rivers, 7 km (4.35 miles) of rapids, and a unique camping operation
which allows you to fly fish remote stretches of these unspoiled rivers.
The majority of the time you’re drift fishing. The river structure is comprised of fallen timber, sand banks, steep drop-offs, and rocky outcrops. When conditions dictate, they also make use of sand anchors and tying up to structure mid-stream to focus on a specific stretch of water.
This river has received very little fishing pressure over the centuries, and with their controlled fly fishing methods will continue to be so. The system is also extremely rich in bait fish—predominantly red finned barbs. The combination of these factors has resulted in a population of tiger fish obtaining otherwise unheard of sizes. Trophy tigers in this system have weighed up to 28-pounds.
The fishing season is limited to 16 weeks from August through November, with a maximum of eight rods per week (four rods per river).
Guides: International English-speaking guides who have over 4,000 days (collectively) on these waters.
Species: Tigers, yellowfish, catfish, Vundu (the air-breathing catfish), bream, and gundu. Over 30 different species of fish have been identified by their guides.
All fishing is strictly catch-and-release with single barbless hooks. No beat is fished twice in a week, and spawning areas are strictly off limits.
Boats: They use 18-foot aluminum boats with 15-to 25-h.p. motors. Two anglers per boat and professional guide, as well as a coxswain (deckhand). Maximum of 8 anglers are split between the two rivers in a 2:6 or 4:4 ratio. Boats have ample storage areas and seating for three people. All boats are fitted with line stripping bins and are equipped with two-way radios and first-aid equipment.
Fishing licenses are included in the package.
Dhalla and Samaki Camps:
Dhalla Camp on the Mnyera River: Four tents with twin beds. Each tent has a private view of the river and an ensuite bath, with toilet and shower.
Dinners at the Dhalla Camp are enjoyed in the main dining area on a raised wooden deck overlooking the river. In the covered lounge, there are electric points for charging cameras and laptops and a comprehensive fly-tying station.
Samaki Camp on the Rhudji River: This rustic bush camp is comprised of traditional Safari tents, all en-suite, with twin or double beds. There is no electricity at this camp.
Meals: All meals are prepared by their amazing camp chef. Kitchens are basic, with all cooking done over wood-fueled grills and ovens. Fresh produce is flown into camp each week with the group. Due to the close relationship with a nearby hunting camp, guests can enjoy fresh venison during their stay.
Communication: There is no cell phone reception in the camps. They do have a camp satellite phone that is available if needed. The fee is $2.00 USD per minute.
You’ll fly into Dares Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. A member of Tourette’s staff will greet you at the airport and drive you to the Seacliff Hotel, (the hotel night is not included in the package). The following morning, at 7:30 a.m., a member of Tourette’s staff will meet you at the hotel, and drive you to your charter flight. You’ll take a one hour and 45-minute flight to camp in a Cessna Caravan. (The charter flight is included in the package.) From the landing strip, it is a 15-minute jeep ride to camp.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
prices are per person
2-anglers per boat and room
Meet and greet at Dar es Salaam Airport; ground transfers to hotel and charter airport; charter flight to/from camp, five full days and two half days guided fishing on the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers; exclusive access to almost 75 miles of water with a maximum of eight anglers per week; professional Tourette’s Fishing guides - one guide per two anglers; camp accommodations, all meals; soft drinks, water and limited beer; use of boats, fuel, fishing licenses and concession fees, Tanzania Government Conservation Levy of USD 150.00, and 16% Tanzania Tourism VAT.
Packages do not include:
International flights to Dar es Salaam, visa ($100.00 per person), first night’s hotel accommodations, dinner and breakfast in Dares Salaam, spirits and wine in camp – guests advised to bring their own alcohol from duty free, beer when allocated amount in camp is exceeded, fishing tackle, gratuities for guides and staff, comprehensive medical/travel insurance which is required by Tourette Fishing, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Day 0 - Friday: Land in Dar es Salaam. Overnight in Dar es Salaam.
Day 1 - Saturday: Morning charter from Dar es Salaam to Dhalla Camp, arrive at camp.
One group transfers to Ruhudji Camp and one group stays on the Mnyera River.
Day 2-3: Full days of guided fishing at first camp.
Day 4: Full day of guided fishing and then guests will move to the other camp in the evening.
Days 5-7: Full days of guided fishing at second camp.
Day 8 - Saturday: Charter flight back to Dar es Salaam. Arrive back about 1:30 p.m. From here, you’ll either fly out directly or stay overnight in Dar es Salaam.