Wilderness Lesotho

 

 

 

 

 

Go Active Fishing is pleased to offer our clients some of the best fly fishing available in this most beautiful and vibrant country. Lesotho has many fine rivers but we are privileged to have access to the best and most inspirational, namely the Bokong River, the Katse Dam and the Malibamatsu River.

We at Go Active Fishing have arranged a varied program which will more than satisfy even the most discerning fly angler.

 

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Guests of Go Active Fishing have exclusive access to over 20km of the Bokong River, split into 5 beats. There is a limit of 6 rods per day on the river. The prime targets during the summer months are the healthy populations of large and hungry yellowfish that enter the Bokong River to feed and spawn. 4 – 5 wht. rods with WF floating lines are standard hardware. During cooler periods, the trout become active and anglers have the chance to target rainbow trout and brown trout throughout the system. Fishing is predominantly sight fishing with dry flies, though nymphing is required if water temperatures drop. Guests who have fished the Bokong River during the guided yellowfish season in 2013 and 2014 have all, bar none, commented on the class of the fishery, several rating it higher than many blue ribbon international trout streams. This is a one of a kind fly fishing experience, taking place in a truly unique mountain setting.

Katse Dam: Katse Dam (less than 1km from camp) offers some of the finest sight fishing to cruising yellowfish available. If you have experienced Sterkfontein, then you will be in little doubt as to how exiting this fishing is. During cold snaps or brief blowouts fishing the dam, which stays warm and clean over summer, is a failsafe backup to ensure time is never wasted, and guests can keep fishing no matter what the weather throws at us.

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The Smallmouth Yellowfish which is locally and internationally referred to as the freshwater bone fish of South Africa is very prevalent at our fishing locations on the Bokong River and these incredibly hard fighting fish, at weights ranging from 2lbs to 10lbs, will get the heart racing and test your fly presentation to the limit. The summer period November to April heralds the arrival of large numbers of these fish into the system.

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Rainbow Trout  were first introduced to the Lesotho Rivers in the late 1800’s.The trout have flourished in the unspoilt environment of the countries highland streams and rivers. Trophy fish are caught each season with wild rainbows up to 13lbs. The optimum season for rainbows is March to May.

Brown trout were also introduced to Lesotho in the 1800’s, and like their rainbow cousins, have spread through numerous catchments. The  time to target browns is November to April but February to April present the best conditions to fish. The Bokong River holds a healthy, and growing, population of wild brown trout, and is one of the few rivers in South Africa where one can target browns, rainbows and yellowfish in a single session.

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The terrain is striking and is suitable for persons of average fitness. As on most of the rivers in southern Africa wet wading is the norm with bank fishing also possible at most of our locations.

Again the far sighted policy of strict catch and release with barbless hooks is welcomed by Go Active Fishing and has resulted in a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem which continues to flourish.

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It is important to note that all our fish have self-sustaining populations and as such we are very proud of the fact that our clients can fish and bring economic reward to the local area while leaving the ecosystem intact and available to future generations.

 

The equipment requirements for visiting anglers to these rivers and lakes include a wt. 4 rod for the rivers with a slightly heavier rod required for the lakes at wt 6. Lines to cover all conditions are simple with a floater favoured and an intermediate as a backup for the lakes.

Leaders required are 9 ft tapered down to 4x for river and 9ft tapered down to 2x for estuary

Local flies and equipment are available to purchase and include on the dry fly front Hoppers, DDD’s (yellow), Beetles,  Flying ants, Stimulators etc. Standard dries such as Adams, Klinkhammers (up to size #8),Elk hair or CDC caddis, and  RABS are all important as well.

PTN, Zak, GRHE, Baetis, Hotspot and Hair and Copper nymphs in sizes 10 – 18 (14 – 18 most commonly used). Green and mustard caddis (size 12 – 16).

Our local guides stress the importance of having these flies in a variation of weights, from un-weighted to heavy tungsten versions.

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For the estuary and dam fishing,  a selection of large streamers and bait fish patters (woolly buggers, strip leeches, zonker baitfish, walkers killer etc) as well as dragon and damsel imitations.  This is particularly useful for the autumn and winter trout season when trout move into the area to feed on yellowfish fry.

Go Active Fishing can arrange fishing for groups of six to eight but smaller groups are catered for.

When should you consider fishing in Lesotho? The simple answer is which species you desire to catch. If Brown Trout are your preference then February to April is your best opportunity while Yellowfish are abundant from December to March with Rainbows are prevalent from late March to May.

The Makhangoa Community Camp is where our clients stay and is a partnership project in the area between local communities and the fly fishing tourism. Go Active Fishing has access to the Makhangoa Camp and fishery on the Bokong River and your trip will give you exclusive access to the fishery.

The aim of the partnership is to provide sustainable and beneficial tourism to the area, while conserving the natural resources which attract anglers to this beautiful valley. Proceeds from all visitors’ bookings (through a daily community levy) are allocated to community benefaction projects, with the aim of uplifting and enabling the local community live happier and healthier lives.

Apart from the daily community levies generated from each visitor's stay, the camp trains and employs local staff in all aspects of camp life and management. From camp managers, and cultural guides, to cleaning ladies and maintenance staff. In addition to the amazing fly fishing that draws anglers from across the globe to the Makhangoa Community Camp, the local tourism council have set up a range of local community projects which offer guests a unique insight in local Lesotho life and culture. These include pony treks, village tours, mountain hikes, shabeen (local tavern) visits and local arts and crafts.

The Makhangoa Community Camp is designed and built to mirror a traditional Basotho homestead and blend in with the mountain environment. The camp comprises of 4 traditional Rondavels (round chalets), each sleeping 2 guests in single beds. The Rondavels are built out of river stone and thatch, and each has a veranda overlooking the river. The heart of the camp is the living area and kitchen building, which comprises a lounge with large welcoming couches, a fire place, and a large black-wood dining table counter. This building is also built from local stone and is a fine example of traditional masonry. The camp kitchen comprises gas stoves, fridge and freezer facilities. Lighting is solar and paraffin. Ablutions are in a separate stone building at the back of the camp, overlooking the estuary system, where the Bokong flows into Katse Dam. The ablutions consist of 2 flush toilets, two hot showers, and two hand basins, all with hot and cold running water. There is a camp generator to charge cameras and lap tops. Bedding and towels are supplied, but we suggest guests bring an extra sleeping bag if worried about the cold mountain nights.

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Other activities are available at the camp for non-fishing guests or, on rare days when fishing is not your preference, with Trail running, Hiking, Mountain biking, Canoeing (Katse Dam), Horse riding, Birding, 4x4 routes and Cultural tours all available.

The following guidelines relate to personal equipment required and include waders for trout fishing (Dry Wading), summer fishing (Hiking or Wading Boots / Shoes), neutral coloured clothing, quick dry clothing, polarized glasses and layered clothing for cooler days. Waterproofs are always required.

Go Active Fishing will arrange your  airport transfers, daily transfer to the river, guided fishing, lunch on the river and full board accommodation while staying in Lesotho.

Package includes

Meet and greet at Makhangoa Community Camp

Professional Guide for duration of Trek

Basotho Trails & Pony Guide

Pack Animals

All Community levies, conservation levies and ranger levies

1night accomodation at + 3/6nights mobile camping

Hiking stoves, lights,utensils and all catering

2 Man specialised Extreme Weather Trekking Tents and Sleeping Mats

Package excludes

Transport to Makhangoa Community Camp

Sleeping bag, tackle and personal kit. A comprehensive list of what is best suited to these treks will be sent to all group members

Gratuities

 

Lesotho Fly Fishing Tour | Tour Code: LESGAF001

Lesotho Fly Fishing Tour Prices – Hosted Package

Price per person (all excluding flights):

5-Day Tour: GBP 1,290

6-Day Tour: GBP 1,690

8-Day Tour: GBP 2,290

All prices based on two people sharing.

Tour Style: Active – Experience required

Tour Length 5-Day Tour: 5 Days / 4 Nights / 3.5 Days Fishing

Tour Length 6-Day Tour: 6 Days / 5 Nights / 4.5 Days Fishing

Tour Length 8-Day Tour: 8 Days / 7 Nights / 6.5 Days Fishing

Level of Challenge: Medium / High

Bespoke Options Available.

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