Cameroon - Nile River Perch Fly Fishing
The Central African nation of Cameroon is nearly twice the size of the state of Oregon — and is commonly referred to as Africa in miniature. Here, you'll find all the major climates and vegetation of the continent in one area: the coast, the desert, mountains, rainforest, and the savannah. Tourette Fishing is the outfitter.
Night Fishing for Monster Nile Perch
The Nile perch takes your fly with a brutal hit-and-run. They are aggressive and strong. Nile perch reach up to six and a half feet in size.
The largest perch they’ve seen taken from the river bottomed-out a 100kg scale — more than 220 pounds! On average, Nile perch 39-inches and up are considered a trophy.
Serious perch fishing takes place from just before sunset, from about 6:00 p.m. until about 9:30 p.m., when the perch really start to feed. In other words, it’s night fishing. (During the day, you'll fish for three species of tiger fish, and sight fish for up to 12-pound yellowfish aka as Niger Barb.)
A few small perch may be caught during the day. Fly fishing at night requires casting by feel rather than sight. Standing under the stars, immersed in the sounds of the African wilderness, is a raw, edgy experience that’s wild in every sense. It may seem scary at first, but the risks from wildlife while fishing are extremely low and the guides and staff are close at hand and run over to help the moment you hook up.
Fishing is on foot, with single-handed 12wt, 9ft rods. Intermediate and sink tip lines, and 0.8mm leaders are the suggested tackle set-ups.
All fishing is strictly catch and release.
Fly fishing only.
Single de-barbed hooks only.
The fishery is divided into set beats. These are rotated and managed to ensure sustainable and consistent fishing results.
Fly Fishing Facts:
Season: The Nile perch fly fishing season runs late January through mid-March.
All weeks are sold-out for the 2019 season. Book now for 2020.
Camp size: Cameroon Camp is limited to four anglers per week.
Guides: Very experienced English-speaking guides. Two anglers per guide.
Transportation: Each day, anglers are driven for 15 minutes to an hour to fishing locations in 4WD Vehicles that do not have air-conditioning.
Fishing tackle: is not provided. You'll also need to bring headlamps for night fishing.
Fishing License is included in package.
Weather: In February and March, the river is low and clear. Temperatures are hot and dry, reaching up to 104°F by mid-March.
Large flies for large perch.
Nile River Camp
The Cameroon Camp borders the Faro National Park in the Northern Province of Cameroon. The camp sits on an embankment overlooking a broad sandy portion of the river.
The camp, formerly a hunting camp built in the 1960s, is rustic, practical and comfortable. You’ll stay in brick and mortar rondavels — African-style huts — each hut has two separate bedrooms, and each angler has their own room.
Meals: Continental breakfasts of fruit, bread, and coffee. Lunch and dinner usually consist of freshly prepared game meat with a seasonal salad and vegetables. Each angler has their own bedroom. Each room has a double bed with a mosquito net and an en-suite bathroom with a toilet, simple open shower, and basin. Cold water showers. The thatched roof mess area includes a dining area, a small lounge, a small library and a view of the river and wildlife and birds coming down to drink and feed.
Wildlife viewing: The Cameroon Camp offers adventurous fly anglers a unique glimpse into an almost untouched western African savannah. Wildlife such as Lord Derby eland, northwestern buffalo, western hartebeest, western roan, red river hog, kob, red flanked duiker, eastern black-and-white colobus monkey, West African lion and leopard are found in the park. Although not currently a dedicated game viewing destination, many of these animals plus others, and their signs are seen on a daily basis when driving between camp and the fishing beats.
You’ll arrive in Doula, then fly to Garoua, arriving mid-afternoon where you’ll be greeted by the transfer driver and camp representative. The charter flight from Doula to Garoua is included in the package. You’ll be driven to a local hotel and stay overnight in Garoua in a single-occupancy room. Day 2 - Monday: You’ll have breakfast at your own expense. The driver will pick you up from the hotel at 8:00 a.m. in a Nissan Patrol 4WD station wagon that does not have air-conditioning for your four-hour drive to the camp.
A Typical Fishing Day
Your day begins with breakfast in the mess area at 6:30 a.m. Your group and guide, accompanied by armed game scouts, head out in a 4WD vehicle to the allocated fishing beat, a 15 minute to one-hour drive depending on the area you’ll be fishing.
The morning session is generally spent targeting tigerfish and yellowfish, with a little time dedicated to Nile perch fishing if the conditions and water dictate. To avoid the heat and to ensure you’re rested and ready for the prime fishing times,
the time from noon until 4:00 p.m. is generally set aside for rest.
At 4:00 p.m., you'll head out for fishing again. The first part of the afternoon session is spent targeting tigerfish and getting familiar with the area. Once the sun gets low on the horizon, usually around 6:00 p.m., you’ll switch from tigerfish outfits to heavier 12-weight outfits and bigger, water-pushing flies in preparation for Nile perch. Fishing for Nile perch takes place almost exclusively from just before sunset until about 9:30 p.m. Your guide will generally call lines up at around 9:30, and you’ll return to camp for a late dinner and some drinks before heading to bed.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
2019 Fishing Weeks:
• January 28 - February 4 - sold-out
• February 4 -11 - sold-out
• February 25 - March 4 - sold-out
• March 4-11: one spot
2020 Fishing Weeks:
(as of 7/10/2018)
• Dece. 30 - Jan. 6, 2020: 4 rods
• January 20-27, 2020: sold-out
• January 27 - Feb. 3, 2020: sold-out
• February 17-24, 2020: 2 rods
• Feb. 24 - March 2, 2020: 4 rods
• March 16-23, 2020: 4 rods
Prices are subject to change.
Meet and greet at Garoua Airport, ground transfers to the hotel and charter airport, roundtrip charter flight Douala to Garoua, guided fishing, fishing license, camp accommodations, all meals at camp; soft drinks, water, and four beers per person per day.
Packages do not include:
International flights, visa, meals and beverages in Douala and Garoua; spirits and wine in camp, guests are advised to bring their own alcohol from duty-free; beer (when allocated amount in camp is exceeded), fishing tackle, headlamps for fishing (bring two pair to be safe), gratuities for guides and staff, comprehensive medical/travel insurance which is required by Tourette Fishing, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
A Yellow Fever Card is Required
A valid yellow fever inoculation/card is required to travel. Please consult your local travel clinic if you don’t have one. Cameroon is a malaria area. Please consult your doctor for suitable prophylactics.
A camp satellite phone is available only in the event of an emergency, and the charge is approximately $6.00 USD per minute. There is limited satellite Wi-Fi connection for basic text Whatsapp messages.