The Flyfishing Experience:
All fishing is done off foot. All fishing is strictly catch and release fly fishing, with single de-barbed hooks only.
Trophy Nile Perch are the prime target. However, the Cameroon fishing experience is very much about the whole adventure and about encounters with a few great fish in a special place, it’s not about heaps of easy to catch fish. It’s about casting giant flies in the hope of catching a meter long perch, and there’s an excellent chance you’ll achieve that and more. The thing is there’s always a chance for a real monster; the biggest perch taken from the river that we’ve seen bottomed-out a 100kg scale!
In addition to the Nile Perch, there are abundant tigerfish and the West African or Sahelian tigerfish (Hydrocynus brevis), which is one of three tigerfish species in the river, are very feisty fish that grow up to at least 7kg. The water is clear to crystal clear and so one will often see the tigers and many of the other fishes. One of the most challenging and rewarding species is the Niger barb (Labeobarbus bynni occidentalis), that will eat a well presented dry fly or nymph but are very temperamental, and a handful when a big one is hooked on the light tippets it takes to attract an eat. Amongst the rest of the fishes there are other species that take a fly, but we’re still working on them and include other cyprinids (e.g. Labeos), tetras and numerous species of catfish, so during any time on the river, anything can happen making it an exciting fly fishing frontier.
The West African Safari Experience:
This camp offers adventurous fly fishermen a unique glimpse into an almost untouched western African savannah environment. Distinctive wildlife such as Lord Derby eland, north western buffalo, western hartebeest, western roan, red river hog, kob, red flanked duiker, eastern black-and-white colobus monkey, West African lion and leopard are found in the concession. Although not currently a dedicated game viewing destination, many of these animals (plus others) and their signs are seen on a daily basis when driving between camp and the fishing beats.
The rustic buch camp is situated on an elevated embankment, overlooking a broad sandy portion of the River. The camp is comfortable and practical. Meals, and most time in camp if not sleeping, are enjoyed in the outside mess overlooking the river. The mess area comprises a dining area and a small lounge under a shaded, and open sided, thatched roof. From here guests can watch the various animals and birds come down to the river to drink and feed. Anglers are housed in brick and mortar rondavels, each comprised of two separate bedrooms. One angler per room. Each room has a double bed, with mosquito net, and an en-suite bathroom, comprising a toilet, simple open shower, and basin. The fittings and fixtures are basic. Cold water showers. The camp lights run off solar and inverters, and there is a generator available for charging cameras and batteries.
Meals are prepared by the talented camp chef in a simple kitchen. Continental breakfast, of fruit, bread and coffee are taken before heading out for the morning session. Lunch and dinner are cooked meals; normally consisting of freshly prepared game meat with seasonal salad and vegetables, followed by simple dessert of seasonal fruit.
The mess area also contains a small library, and limited stocked bar.
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