An exclusive 8 tent lodge located in the Shakawe region in the Western Pan Handle of the Okavango Delta, on the main Okavango channel. From the lodge we have the opportunity to fish the Okavango River as well as the numerous pristine lagoons situated close by.
The Lodge has 8 luxury spacious en suite meru tents sleeping 2 guests each. The tents have been specially designed with glass doors in the front of the tent. Each “tent” is on leadwood decks and all have views of the Okavango River.
The Okavango River spills into the North Western corner of Botswana, after a long journey through the Caprivi Strip of Namibia and the catchments area within Angola. Although the river travels for many hundreds of kilometres before entering Botswana, the truly remarkable happens when the rising waters reach the flood plains of the Okavango delta – the only inland Delta on our planet.
Each year between September and November the waters receding off the vast Okavango flood plains force recently spawned bait fish from the security of the vegetation rich plains into the dog eat dog world of the main Okavango River. The healthy population of catfish in the Okavango River zone in on these helpless bait fish and form massive feeding frenzies, at times thousands of fish, thrashing in the river margins as fleeing bait fish scatter along the surface. These frenzies are commonly referred to as “catfish runs” and are often termed the freshwater equivalent of the wildebeest migration. Witnessing the catfish run is reason enough to get to the Okavango River over these dates. It is however the tiger fishing that draws avid sport fisherman from around the globe to the Okavango River each year. Tiger fish, arguable the finest fighting freshwater game fish around, feed with abandon around the catfish run, providing some of the finest fly and art lure fishing available
Tourette Fishing has pioneered the mobile approach to fishing the catfish run. From our base we offer our clients the opportunity to follow the runs and camp comfortably wild on the numerous islands scattered along the Okavango River.
A typical stay involves clients spending one or two nights camping wild on deserted islands close to productive runs. In doing this, we are able to put clients into good runs, away from the “crowds” that can sometimes gather around the runs closer to larger commercial camps. Depending on group preferences and location of productive runs, more or fewer nights can be spent fly camping.
Our aluminium boats have been modified to carry comfortable fly camping equipment without hampering guests while fishing.