Trophy Tigers in Africa
Tanzania’s Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers together offer one of the last remaining frontiers of freshwater fishing – trophy tigerfish on the fly in one of the most remote areas of Africa. Set deep in an untouched corner of the Tanzanian wilderness, this area is home to monster 20-pound-plus tigers. A trip to Tanzania, Africa is without a doubt a journey to the wildest edge of fly fishing, and Yellow Dog is proud to work with a small group of experienced guides whom we guarantee are the very best in the entire region. These guys have scouted the finest, wildest, and most productive African tigerfisheries for more than ten years, and now offer anglers what is hands-down the very best tigerfishing that Africa has to offer. Having fished this operation ourselves, we feel confident that this is a place that is well worth the time, money, and miles to get there. If you are assembling legitimate “must-fish” destinations for your personal angling bucket list, then fly fishing for trophy tigerfish in Tanzania is the trip that you need to make. We promise you that there is nothing like it in the world!
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African Waters has partnered with long-standing Tanzanian safari outfit Kilombero North Safaris (KNS) to offer the finest logistics, accommodations, and amenities found anywhere in this part of the country. With established outfitting services, concession management, and year-round anti-poaching (land and river) efforts, this is without a doubt the finest operation in the entire region. Over the course of a week of fishing with African Waters, you will split your time between two different camps. Both camps – the Dhala (Mnyera River) and Samaki (Ruhudji River) Camps – are simple yet comfortable tent camps that are built and erected each season from scratch. All tents contain two large single beds, showers, flush toilets, and hand basins. All linen is provided. Hot water is from a “donkey boiler” which is filled and warmed each morning and evening. The sleeping and tent accommodations are spacious and comfortable, especially when you consider just where it is you are sleeping! Dinners are enjoyed under the stars in the outdoor “boma” or around the campfire on the beach.
Food and Beverages
Breakfast is served early each morning in the dining area of each camp and lunch can either be packed for your day on the water or taken back at camp if you desire a mid-day break (depending on your daily fishing schedule). Each evening, guests enjoy nightly dinners in the dining area, and fresh African game is usually on the menu. Each camp also has a gas-powered refrigerator, which means that cold beers are available.
Typical Length of Stay
Most trips are nine days long, which include a night on arrival in Dar Es Salaam, seven (7) nights in camp, and another night in Dar on the back end of the trip. Trips include six (6) full days of fishing and possible partial days of fishing on arrival and departure days.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
This is probably not the place to go if you are a non-angler. If you want a non-angling African experience, then we suggest that you go on a standard safari. This is a remote, fishing-focused operation first and foremost. That said, while you are with African Waters, you can expect to experience all of the amazing sights and experiences that the African bush has to offer. Buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant are common in the area, as well as a host of plains game species including puku, warthog, hartebeest, zebra, eland, and bushbuck. The birdlife is exceptional with many rare and endemic species found in the area.
Internet / Communications
There is wireless access at the airport in Dar and at the Sea Cliff Hotel in Dar. Once in camp, however, there is no wireless access or cellular access at all.
How To Get There
Tanzania and the capital city airport – Dar Es Salaam International (DAR)- is served by several internationally scheduled flights, including direct services from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, and several other cities. From the U.S. you will typically fly to Paris, London or Amsterdam, and from there fly directly to Dar Es Salaam (DAR). Each flight is approximately eight to 10 hours long. Often guests arrive with at least a full night in the city of Dar before catching the private charter flight out to camp. We will be delighted to assist you with all the trip details and travel options for this trip.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Most flights that arrive in Dar Es Salaam arrive in the late evening or at night. The typical itinerary can accommodate most arrival and departure times.
A passport that is valid for six (6) months after the last day of your trip is required for entry into Tanzania. Visas are also necessary for all visitors, and these are easily obtainable upon entry at the airport in Dar. Valid yellow fever inoculations are required by most countries (on return from Tanzania). Due to the remoteness of this location, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures requires the purchase of medical evacuation and trip insurance.
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The discovery of the Mnyera and Ruhudji river systems in 2008 has been acknowledged by many serious anglers as one of the biggest things to happen in African sportfishing in the past 20 years. To indicate the enormity of the discovery, in the past half-century that fly fishermen have been targeting tigers on the fly, a 20-pound fish had not been landed. This statistic was shattered in 2008 when eight fish over the 20-pound mark were landed in as many days on one section of the Mnyera!
The typical season on these two rivers runs from August 1 to mid-November. It is during these months when the water temperatures rise and the clarity increases, that trophy tigerfish of this region begin to feed aggressively. Fly fishing large black whistlers, clousers, and Puglisi-style baitfish patterns to the banks and into the river structure has proven the most successful way of tempting these aggressive and predatory tigers. Seasonal catch data from the past two years indicates clearly that the strict beat rotation that was implemented by African Waters in fishing these rivers has been a success. The average number of trophy fish landed per week has been consistent throughout each season, and the average numbers caught have been impressive.
The discovery of excellent waters closer to the headwater of the Ruhudji Rivers has also opened up a further 30 kilometers of productive waters. The end result is that African Waters now offers seven individual beats that can be fished and visited on a rotating basis. On top of this, the season has been limited to the 16 absolute best weeks in the year, with a maximum of only eight rods per week. Each beat will be fished only once or twice every seven days, ensuring that no area is ever over-fished. Tigers that are caught in both rivers can run anywhere from a few pounds in size to over 20 pounds. Most fish caught will run between five and ten pounds, and larger fish are caught on a very regular basis.
Boats and Equipment
The majority of the fishing is done on the drift on both the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers. African Waters utilizes 16-foot aluminum boats with 25HP outboards for all fishing on the rivers. Wade fishing is unusual and not recommended. Because of the remote nature and location of the operation, it is recommended that you bring all of your own equipment. Bring several rods and extra fly lines as well. Yellow Dog will provide you with a complete packing list and equipment list in your pre-trip confirmation packet.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double or single occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing. PLEASE NOTE: All fishing packages run from Saturday to Saturday with six full days of fishing.
2022/2023 Package Rates
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $9,350 base package + $1,500 roundtrip domestic air charter ($10,850 per person total)
Non-Angling Companion Rate = $5,000 base package + $1,500 roundtrip domestic air charter ($6,500 per person)
- Transfer from the airport to Seacliff Hotel on arrival in Dar Es Salaam (DAR).
- Transfer from Seacliff to charter flight on the morning of departure.
- Transfer from charter terminal to airport or Seacliff on arrival back in Dar Es Salaam
- Round-trip air charter flights to and from Dar to camp (20kg luggage limit per person)
- All overnight camp accommodations
- All meals and beverages (limited beer, bottled water, and soda) while in camp
- Six full days of guided fishing (2 anglers per boat)
- Boats and fuel
- All taxes and tourism levees on camp package
- 16% Tanzanian Tourism VAT
- Fishing licenses and concession fees
What’s Not Included:
- International flights to Dar Es Salaam (DAR)
- Visa and entry fees into Tanzania (obtainable on arrival in Dar)
- Hotel overnights and other costs in Dar Es Salaam (Yellow Dog will set up the hotels for you)
- Rods, reels, terminal tackle, and flies
- BYO liquor and wine and beers over-allocated amount in camp
- Mandatory travel and medical evacuation insurance (available through Yellow Dog)
- Gratuities for guides and staff
African Waters Tigerfishing (Tanzania)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment is due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For all Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, L.L.C. (YDFA) African Waters fishing packages, both deposits and final payments are non-refundable. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge/operator or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a 10% per person cancellation fee charged by the outfitter and a $100.00 per person cancellation fee from Yellow Dog Flyfishing. In the case of cancellation by the client, both deposit and final payment may be transferred to another guest or angler for those same (original) dates if facilitated and arranged by the client. If no replacement is found, the following cancellation terms will apply:
- For cancellations outside of 180 days from the start of trip date, a 90% credit (minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee) will be issued for a trip to be rescheduled within one year from original trip date.
- For cancellations made 179 to 90 days from the start of trip date, a 50% credit (minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee) will be issued for a trip to be rescheduled within one year from original trip date.
- For cancellations inside of 90 days from arrival date, all payments will be forfeited, and no credit will be issued.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. No refunds will be given for services, activities or accommodations voluntarily not participated in by the guest. This is the clients’ own responsibility and should be arranged in your country of origin, when you first book your African Waters trip and itinerary. It is mandatory that all clients have adequate medical insurance that includes medical evacuation from point of injury. We strongly recommend you obtain this through Global Rescue, who are world leaders and are strongly linked with the fishing travel industry. African Waters, its agents and affiliates, take no responsibility for change in international and local flight schedules. At time of quote, all flight charges, island fees and government taxes are correct but nonetheless are subject to change without prior notice. Client bookings are accepted on the understanding by the client that all tours are of an adventurous nature and involve an element of personal risk which is an inherent part of international travel. Clients undertake all tours entirely at their own risk and while African Waters takes every precaution to ensure the safety of clients, Yellow Dog accepts no responsibility for any death, injury or loss which might occur to such clients, sustained from any cause whatsoever. Please be aware that all guests will be required to sign and return the African Waters Indemnity Form prior to the trip, and there will be no exceptions to this. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these African Waters packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
African Safari Trip Add-On
SafariScapes works hand-in-hand with Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures to extend your fly fishing trips to include world-class African safari experiences. Whether fishing the flats in the Seychelles or fighting tigerfish in Tanzania there is no better way to top off a trip than with a visit to one of many beautiful safari lodges. At SafariScapes they work with you to plan a safari for family or friends that fits your interests and can support you in customizing itineraries as needed. From hot air ballooning to private aviation there is no limit to your dream safari.
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