Dhala and Samaki Camps

Dhala and Samaki Camps – Tanzania Trophy Tigerfish

  • August to November
  • 8 Anglers
  • Tanzania, East Africa
  • 7 Nights, 6 Fishing Days

QUICK FACTS Dhala and Samaki Camps:

Where to fly to: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Where your tour starts: Seacliff Hotel, Dares Salaam

Transfers on arrival: Yes, from the airport to the Seacliff hotel

Transport to camp: 1hr45 Cessna Caravan from Dares Salaam to camp

Type of accommodation: Wooden fishing bungalows and tented camps on the river banks

Boats: 16ft Go Devil – 2 anglers per boat

Communications: Limited cellular communications and sat phone

Laundry: Yes, free of charge

Optional add on Safari to your stay: Yes, we recommend 3, 5 or 7 night options. Timing is great for the migration in the Serengeti as well as Nogorongoro Crater. AW reservations can assist with this.

Safety: 100% safety record in the last 11 years. All groups are guided by world class English speaking professional guides, with a wealth of experience in the safari, fly fishing, and big game industry.

Over the past 8 years the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers in Southwestern Tanzania have fast built reputations as some of the finest fresh water fisheries available to the discerning travelling angler.
The trophy tiger fish that call these rivers home provide unparalleled tiger fishing opportunities. The Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers are widely regarded as THE destination to target tiger fish in the 10 – 25lb range.

The majority of the fishing is done off the drift. Here our attention is focused on the river structure, which comprises fallen timber, long sand banks, steep drop-offs and rocky outcrops. When conditions dictate, we also make use of sand anchors and tie up to structure mid-stream to focus our attention on a specific stretch of water. All fishing is done off 18ft aluminium boats. These boats have been chosen for their application and are ideal for fishing the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers. All boats are fitted with 15 – 25 hp motors. Each boat caters for two anglers and their professional guide, as well as a coxswain. Boats have ample storage areas and seating for three people. All boats are equipped with first aid equipment.

The rivers have received very little fishing pressure over the centuries, and with the controlled fly fishing venture will continue to do so. The aquatic ecosystem is also extremely rich in bait fish – predominantly red finned barbs. The combination of these factors has resulted in this population of tiger fish obtaining otherwise unheard of sizes. Trophy fish in this system are measured above 15lbs. Be prepared to have you tiger fishing paradigms shifted!

Dhala Camps(Mnyera River):

Dhala Camp, comprising 4 wooden fishing cabins and a central thatched mess and lounge area, is the base for your stay on the Mnyera River. The camp consists of 4 cabins with twin or double configurations. All cabins have a view overlooking the river. All cabins are en suite, offering a shower and toilet. 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 the 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.

Samaki Camp(Ruhudji River):

This rustic bush camp is your base on the Ruhudji River. It too is erected each season and 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 Safari tents, all en suite, with twin or double configurations. The mess area 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.

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