CAHORA BASSA and NHENDA CAMP - Fred Steynberg

Big Tigerfish possibilities!

Linecasters guides were able to do a quick recognizance trip up to Cahora Bassa to experience for ourselves the Tigerfish possibilities on the fast dam and its tributaries.
Previous visits some years ago to venues closer to the dam wall left no reason for return as the fishing was relatively poor and consequently, various report backs had confirmed this.  What we found on this trip however was something to write about!

The camp we visited is situated in the remotest and most unspoilt area on the 280km long dam.
Built on the waters edge, the little camp/lodge is tucked away in one of the protected bays and boasts its own lion chorus that could be heard almost every other night. The lodge is small and  private, built in a traditional Mozambican style with all the modern extras such as cold beer and hot water showers.  It is by no means one of those overdone five star venues, but rather a cosy fishing retreat that blends into the wild nature around it, with fish that can be seen feeding whilst you dine. The wildlife in this area is still untamed and the bays and inlets have plenty crocodile, hippo and an amazing variety of bird life. 

Tiger fishing was however the main attraction.  Although it was way too early in the season for us to experience real Tigerfish mania such as the locals recount happening between November and April each year, we had however, more than our fair share of fish.  It is surprising how many fish are around and it was not long after we had started fishing on the fist day that the first big fish of 6kg eagerly grabbed a Nhenda Clouser ( 10kg+  fish are not uncommon in this area.)  It was fantastic to see these bigger fish were catchable so soon after winter.  On the last day we boated from one little secluded bay and inlet to the next, each time more and more excited about the opportunities we could see.  Although in abundance, the Tigers were quite selective and definitely preferred some flies over others.  This could possibly be because coupled with the fact that it was still early season, we also had a cold front lingering over us and the water was on average between 19 - 21 degrees.  The Cahorra Tigers prefer water warmer than 23 degrees. 

Linecasters, without hesitation, quickly added this venue to our client destination.

To get to Nhenda from Johannesburg we fly via Maputo to the town Tete.  From Tete we take an interesting 2 hour drive by motor vehicle to the waters edge and then another 2 hour boat trip across Cahorra to Nhenda Camp.  No visas are necessary and although it is a malaria area and precautions should be taken, we hardly saw a mosquito.  Anglers need only take their clothes and fishing tackle, the rest is all there.  Nhenda has 3 boats available for fishing of which two are used for fly fishermen.

Linecasters Outfitters is the official booking agent for Nhenda Safaris and will be offering guided and non-guided fishing packages.  For more info please contact Linecasters Outfitters.

TRIP SAMPLE

5 Night guided fly fishing cost:  R11 350.00 pp (4 pax)  

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5 Night non-guided fly/conventional fishing cost:  R7 500.00 pp
                    
Tailor made trips can be arranged