Africa Tigerfishing - Lure and Fly Fishing

Nxamaseri Island Lodge is regarded as the premier fly fishing destination in Botswana. Tigerfishing and peaceful, riverside lodge with a personal touch.


Fishing the Okavango Delta

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Fish the deep waters of the Okavango Delta for tigerfish, catfish, and bream. Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a unique African experience on an island in the permanent waters of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Like the piranha, tigerfish have interlocking, razor-sharp teeth, along with streamlined, muscular bodies, and are widely known to be extremely aggressive and capable predators who often hunt in groups. Tigerfish are one of the strongest fighters, pound-for-pound. They attack from the side at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, then turn the bait around and swallow it headfirst. The tigerfish’s ability to bite through a lure with its razor-sharp teeth makes them an extremely exciting fish to catch. At Nxamaseri, fly fishing, spin, and lure methods are employed. Other targeted species: Nembwe, three spot bream, thin-faced largemouth, and the sharptooth catfish.

Fishing Facts:

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Fishing:  Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a prime destination for lure and fly fishing from June through December.
Season:  The optimum time to fish for tigerfish is during the annual catfish (barbel) runs. Although the exact time of the catfish runs differs from year to year, they generally run from early September to mid-November. Lure fishing is throughout the year, while fly fishing is deemed best when the waters are low. The Lodge is closed January and February annually due to the closure of the fishing season throughout Botswana. During the flood season - from May to September - there is no access to Nxamaseri Island by vehicle or foot. During this time, guests are transferred from the airstrip or car park by boat to the Lodge.
Boats:  The Lodge has four 16' to 22' aluminum boats that are wide and stable with flat decks.
Guides:  Local, English-speaking guides have been personally trained by the on-site lodge owner who is passionate about fly fishing.
Fishing Licenses:  are included in the package.

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Nxamaseri, a small, exclusive lodge, and one of the oldest in the Delta has eight en-suite chalets and two en-suite tree houses. The Lodge is remote, and though rustic, The rooms have an open wall to the outside and a view of the river. Bugs are present, but not a bother. The river channels abound with water lilies, fish, and wildlife such as crocs, hippos, otters, and swamp antelope. The quiet, peaceful Lodge has a small swimming pool and is a spectacular birding area. Lodge lounge area The Lodge offers guided birding trips, plus day trips to view the ancient San paintings at the magical Tsodilo Hills.
Birding:  Nxamaseri Island Lodge offers spectacular birding throughout the year. However, the most exceptional birding months are from September to February, before the new water arrives. Feeding conditions are at an optimum at this time, and most of the migrants are present. The Nxamaseri area of the Delta panhandle has approximately 325 of the 500 bird species found in Botswana.

Getting Here:

Direct flights on South African Airways depart daily from JFK New York or Dulles airport. Flights are also available on Delta Airlines which depart from the Atlanta airport. Flight duration is about 14 to 18-hours. You’ll need to spend the night in Johannesburg; the hotel night is not included in the package. The following morning, you’ll take a two-hour commercial flight from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana, where a Mack Air representative will greet you at the airport. From Maun to Nxamaseri, there is the option of either taking a one-way 50-minute charter flight or a 4-hour ground transfer. The one-way charter flight is $300.00, and the one-way ground transfer is $210.00 (two-person minimum). Nxamaseri has its own grass runway within a few miles of the Lodge. From the Nxamaseri airstrip, you’ll take a ten-minute boat ride to Nxamaseri Lodge. No flights are included in the package.


Sample fishing itinerary:

Guided boat trips around Nxamaseri’s main fishing area, targeting the best fishing spots for tigerfish, tilapia, and barbel runs.
Day 1:  Arrival lunch / tea. In the afternoon, ejoy a private, guided boat trip for fishing. Dinner.
Day 2 -3:  After breakfast, you'll take a morning fishing trip with a private boat and guide. Brunch/lunch follows. Siesta or bird-viewing walk around the island, and tea. Afternoon private, guided boat trip for fishing. Dinner.
Day 4:  Breakfast. Morning fishing trip with private boat and guide or an alternative private mokoro ride. Departure. (Lunch is subject to departure time.)

2019 USD Rates
Barbell Run Fishing Package

September 1 - November 15
Barbell Run: Guided boat trips, following the gripping barbel runs, guarantee an exhilarating pursuit for large tigerfish on a lure or fly. You may take as many trips in a day as you like, or take a picnic lunch and spend the entire day pursuing the barbel run.
6-nights and 6-days guided fishing:
$3,150.00 per person
4-nights and 4-days guided fishing:
$2,220.00 p.p.
Groups of 6 or more: $2,000.00 p.p.
An additional night is $465.00 p.p.
Barbell Run packages include:
Double-occupancy lodging, all meals at the Lodge, laundry, private boat and guide for fishing activities, and mokoro trips.

All packages do not include:
Passport, international airfare, hotel stay in Johannesburg, flight from Johannesburg to Maun, and flight or ground transfers from Maun to Nxamaseri Lodge, gratuities, fuel used for boat trips, (approx. $50.00 per day), alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, lost fishing tackle, curio purchases, gratuities, and anything not mentioned under inclusions, (these items must be settled before leaving the Lodge), and anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

Fishing packages:

High Season:
July 1 - October 31, 2019
This package is not available during the Barbel Run: Sept. 1 - Nov. 15
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$1,950.00 per person
Groups of 6 or more: $1,760.00 per person
An additional night is $465.00 per person
Low Season:
March 1 - June 30 and
November 1 - Dec. 31
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$1,645.00 p.p.
Groups of 6 or more: $1,485.00 per person
An addt'l night:  $465.00 per person

Fishing packages include: 
Double-occupancy lodging, all meals at the Lodge, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, private boat and guide for fishing activities (two trips per day, including fuel), fishing license, and mokoro trips.

Birding packages:

On your private boat or mokoro trips, you’ll find white-backed night herons, rufous-bellied herons, Pel’s fishing owls, lesser jacanas, little and dwarf bitterns, and slaty egrets.
3-nights and 3-days birding
March 1 -  June 30 and
November 1 - December 31
$1,365.00 per person
Groups of 6 or more:  $1,230.00 per person
Extra night  $450.00 per person
Birding packages include:
Double-occupancy lodging, all meals at the Lodge, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry, private boat and guide for birding, excursion to the “red cliffs” to see the carmine bee-eater colony, guided walks, and mokoro trips.

Deposit Required:

A 50% deposit is required to confirm reservation. The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to arrival at the Lodge.

Cancellation Policy:

Once a written notice is received and confirmed in their reservations office, they will retain:
25% of fee due if canceled before 60 days prior to arrival.
50% of fee due if canceled before 30 days prior to arrival.
100% of fee due if canceled within 30 days prior to arrival.
In the event of late arrivals or early departures, no refunds will be given for meals or services not utilized due to the late or early departures. Nxamaseri reserves the right to amend its policies, terms, and conditions for bookings, without prior notice.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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Nxamaseri Island Lodge photos


Tigerfishing the Okavango Delta

Nxamaseri Island Tigerfishing

Nxamaseri birding - egrets

Nxamaseri Island Egrets

Eric Schoenborn with bream

Eric with bream

Mekoros are used for birding

Mekoros are used for Birding

Eric Schoenborn with Nxamaseri tigerfish

Nxamaseri Tigerfishing

Tsodilo Hills ancient San paintings

Tsodilo Hills

Eight, individual ensuite chalets

Nxamaseri Chalets

Nxamaseri wildlife

Nxamaseri area wildlife

New swimming pool

Swimming Pool