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TigerFishing - The Best Tiger Fishing Safaris in Tanzania

TigerFishing Tanzania - Fishing Safari Adventures

Tigerfishing safari to the Mnyera and Ruhudji River in South Western Tanzania - one of the finest fresh water fishing destinations in the world where monster trophy-sized Tiger Fish in the 10 – 25lb range can be caught.

Guests have access to 120 km of river, split between the two river systems with a maximum of only eight anglers per week. The trophy-sized Tigerfish that call these rivers home provide unparalleled Tigerfishing opportunities in a stunning wild and remote location.

In addition to Tigerfish, both rivers are also home to endemic species of Yellowfish and the incredibly strong Vundu.

A trip to Tanzania is undoubtedly one of the unique fishing experiences on the planet. If you are looking for your next “must-fish” destination, then Tigerfishing in Tanzania is the trip that you need to make!


From USD 10,000 per fishermen sharing

Non-Fisherman USD 5000 per person sharing


  • Airport / Road Transfer as required 

  • Return private charter flights from Dar es Salaam to Camp.

  • 7 nights in camp – 6 days fishing on the Mnyera and Ruhudji rivers.

  • Full day fishing  (sunrise to sunset)

  • Access to 120 km of river

  • Professional  fishing guides

  • Accommodation

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner,

  • Water, soft drinks and beers.

  • Fishing Boats and fuel

  • Fishing licences and concession fees

  • Tanzania Government Conservation Levy

The typical Tigerfishing season on Mnyera and Ruhudji river systems runs from mid-August to mid-November. It is during these months when the water temperatures rise and the clarity increases, that trophy sized Tigerfish begin to feed aggressively.

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The Tigerfishing is done off the drift with attention focused on the river structure which comprises fallen timber, long sand banks, steep drop-off’s and rocky outcrops. When conditions dictate we also make use of sand anchors and tying up to structures mid stream to focus our attention on a specific stretch of water.


All fishing is done off 18ft aluminium boats ad are ideal for Tigerfishing the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers. All boats are fitted with 15- 25 HP motors. Each boat caters for two anglers and a professional guide. Boats have ample storage areas and seating for three people and the boats are equipped with first aid equipment.

The rivers are under a well-controlled fishing operation. The river systems are extremely rich in baitfish and the proper management and lack of fishing pressure has resulted in the population of Tigerfish reaching exceptional sizes with trophy-sized fish in this system above 20 lbs.

The Tigerfishing is a strictly “catch and release” operation with single debarbed hooks. No beat is fished twice in a week; areas where fish are spawning are strictly no go areas and there is no re-drifting of beats allowed. This ensures you arrive at a Tigerfish fishery that is well rested and productive.


Tiger Fishing Tanzania - Fishing Safari Adventures


This is a fishing adventure for the fishermen looking for something really different and special.

The fishing camps on the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers are expertly managed by a professional team taking care of our guests every need from beautiful meals cooked over an open fire to well-maintained fishing boats. The team of expert fishing guides make sure all guests enjoy a world class guided fishing experience. They are the best in the business!



The fishing camps offer the adventurous fly fisherman a uniquely African experience. The tented bush camps are erected each season, to ensure that this African wilderness is maintained as pristine as possible. The camps are rustic bush camps and the fishing and the guiding is world class. So for someone looking or a very special freshwater fishing experience, this is it!

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Tigerfish (H.tanzaniae ) ranging in size from 1 to 28lbs are the main quarry. The fishing guides are pioneers in targeting tigerfish on fly, and are widely regarded as industry leaders. Over the past 10 years guiding and managing this fishery they have developed an in depth understanding of the fishery, the tigerfish, their habits, as well as tackle and tactics to successfully target these amazing fish.



Targeting yellowfish feeding on sand banks and in the rapids offers some truly unique fly fishing. Up stream nymphing is the preferred method, with short and delicate casts needed. All guides are experts in the field, and will put you onto the fish when conditions dictate.


With the intense anti poaching and fishery managements practices implemented by, the vundu population on the Mnyera and Ruhudji rivers have thrived. Vundu can be targeted in specific lies on the Mnyera and Ruhudji river, however most are hooked when fishing for tigerfish. This is a real challenging fish to land due to the size and power of these river monsters.


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This bush camp is your base on the Ruhudji River. Built each season, it is the smaller sister of Dhalla Camp. Its location on the banks of the Ruhudji River allows access to these productive waters. Samaki camp comprises of traditional Meru Safari tents, all en suite, with twin or double configurations. The dinning and bar area is situated in the shade of the river side forest, although most meals are enjoyed alfresco, under the stars on a beautiful sandbank in front of the camp. Samaki camp has no electricity.


The mess area at Samaki is situated in the shade of the riverside forest, although most meals are enjoyed alfresco, under the stars on a beautiful sandbank in front of the camp. Samaki camp has no electricity.


Dhalla Camp, on the banks of the Mnyera River comprising thatched chalets and a central thatched dinning, bar and lounge area, which is the base for your stay on the Mnyera River.


Each thatched chalet is a twin or double bed configurations with mosquito nets and en suite bathroom and all chalets have a view overlooking the river.


Fall asleep to the sound of a rasping leopard, and wake up with the rising sun and splashes of feeding tiger fish, all in the privacy of your cabin.


Meals are enjoyed in the main central camp area under thatched roof overlooking the river. This area contains a small library, lounges, and electric points for charging cameras and laptops, and a comprehensive fly tying station.


The main camp area serves as the hub for the fishermen and is the lounge, bar and dining area. A few steps down to the river, sundowner drinks and snacks can be enjoyed sitting around a campfire at the end of the fishing day.

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Guests have access to 40km of fishable waters on the Mnyera River. The Mnyera River changes character quickly over it fishable length. From rapids and pools in heavily wooded riverine forests on the upper reaches, the structure rich mid sections courtesy of centuries of erosion and fallen trees, to the deep “outside bends” and clay banks of the lower reaches. The Mnyera, with its incredibly diverse river structure is a veritable tigerfish haven and one that all guests visiting this amazing river will appreciate. Dhalla Camp is your base when fishing the Mnyera River.


Situated in the neighbouring catchment (one valley south of the Mnyera) is this remote river with a charm and attraction that is hard to explain. Guests fishing the Ruhudji River have access to 80km of fishable water. The river is quite different from the Mnyera. It is a shallower river, with long sections of sand banks followed by deep outside bends and pools in the lower reaches. The river changes in its upper reaches to a narrow deep river, bordered by steep banks and heavily wooded forests as it enters the “gorge area”. Samaki Camp is your base when fishing the Ruhudji River

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You will be fishing in pristine wilderness areas, not in a fenced off reserves. There are no roads, no fences, few people and the game is wild. 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 as well as Hippo and Crocodile.

The bird life is exceptional with many rare and endemic species found in the area. Pels Fishing Owl, along with Palmnut Vultures, Narina Trogans, Broad Billed Roller, African Fin Foot and White Backed Night Herons all make this riverine environment their home.

All transfers and road trips are done in open game-viewing vehicles and the drives between the camps, airstrip and sun downer spots, all offer superb game viewing opportunities, as do the boats when drifting along the river when fishing.

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