Our Take

We really like Tiger fishing. Especially in a truly African setting with wild animals drifting down to the water’s edge and fish eagles crying above. The only place we know of to do that in South Africa is Jozini. The dam is built on the site of the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa and spans 16 000 Hectares, a large portion of the land surrounding it remains a conservancy. Tigers of up to 18 pounds have been caught here, but they are more slender than their Zambezi sisters, so don’t get to quite their weight. Nonetheless, all Tiger strikes are aggressive and great fun can be had using all disciplines of angling. Shayamoya lodge is situated on a ridge overlooking the dam and catches the cool breeze off the water, important here in summer. Gorgeous succulent gardens and large shady trees surround the lodge, enticing amazing birdlife and small game. The same family and much of their staff have been running the operation for decades and the warm but unpretentious hospitality is infused throughout.

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