Tourette Fishing - Dhalla Tiger Fly Fishing Safari
Over the past five years, Tourette Fishing's fisheries on the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers in South Western Tanzania, have become recognized as the go-to destination for tiger fish in the 10-to 25-pound range. On both rivers, anglers have the opportunity of landing tigers over 20-pounds, with shots at multiple trophy fish on a daily basis. 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, this benchmark has been shattered with tigers averaging just under eight-pounds.
Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers:
These two rivers flow through one of the world’s last true wilderness areas. Dhalla (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 miles) on two adjacent rivers, 7 km (4 miles) of rapids and a
unique fly camping operation which allows you to fish remote stretches of these unspoiled rivers. The majority of the time you’re drift fishing. The river structure is comprised of
fallen timber, ong 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.
All fishing is from 18-foot aluminum boats. This river has received very little fishing pressure over the centuries, and with their controlled fly fishing methods will continue to do 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 fish in this system have weighed in over 20-pounds. The fishing season is limited to only 16-weeks with a maximum of eight rods per week (four rods per river). 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.
Guides, Species, and Boats
Guides: Experienced, international English-speaking guides who know these waters.
Species: Tiger fish ranging in size from one to 28-pounds are the main quarry. Yellowfish species, catfish, bream and gundu are also available. Over 30 different species of fish have been identified by their guides. Fly fishing is far and above the most successful method to target the massive tiger fish in these waters. Vundu (air breathing catfish) are also caught when targeting tiger fish. Yellowfish and the impressive vundu can be targeted specifically.
Boats: They use 18-foot ‘Go Devil’ powered aluminum boats with 25-h.p. motors which are ideal for fishing the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers. Two anglers per boat and their professional guide, as well as a coxswain (deckhand). 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.
2017 Hosted Fly Fishing Safari:
2017 Hosted Week: $8,150.00
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Tiger fishing on the Mnyera River
October 13-21: Mike and Lisa Sadar host
You're not restricted to our hosted week. Provided there are openings, we can book Tourette's for a time that works best for you.
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, (hotel night is not included in 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. Charter flight is included in the package.)From the landing strip, it is a 15-minute jeep ride to camp.
Dhalla Camp (Mnyera River): Four tents with twin beds. Each tents have 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 (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.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
prices are per person
2-anglers per boat and room
$8,150.00 price per person
Non-angler companion $4,810.00 p.p.
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.
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 over allocated amount in camp; fishing tackle, gratuities for guides and staff, comprehensive medical/travel insurance which is required by Tourette Fishing, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
2017 VAT charge:
A note on rates for 2017: In July of 2016, the Tanzanian Government passed a bill in parliament which removes VAT exemptions that were extended to the tourism industry. The new VAT bill is effective immediately. The previously exempted services included tourist guiding, game drives, water safaris, animal or bird watching, park fees, charter services, and ground transport. In terms of the new regulations, these services will now be subject to an 18% VAT charge, resulting in increased rates for all lodges and ground-handling services. As it stands now, to negate these increases, Tourette’s is keeping their rates for 2017 as they were in 2016. In the event they are unable to retain this rate structure moving forward, there will be a USD $602.00 VAT charge, which they must bill out separately.