Gassa Camp

Gassa Camp - Cameroon

  • January to April
  • 4 Anglers
  • Cameroon, Central West Africa
  • 8 Nights, 6 Fishing Days

QUICK FACTS Gassa Camp:

Where to fly to: Douala, Cameroon

Where your tour starts: Douala, Cameroon.

Transfers on arrival: Not included in cost, there is great taxi service from the airport at very reasonable rates. This is the best way to get from airport to your preferred hotel when arriving prior to tour dates.

Transport to camp: From Douala guests will fly to Garoua (2hr regional commercial flight included in tour costs) and then 4hr road transfer into camp.

Type of accommodation: Seasonal tented camp on the river banks

Boats: No – all fishing is done off foot

Communications: Sat phone and limited cell communication

Laundry: Yes, free of charge

Optional add on to your stay: Our Gabon-Sette Cama season lines up really well with this package. There are daily flights from Douala to Libreville where Gabon trips start. If visiting Gabon for fishing prior or post your Cameroon trip, we can also add on a world class game viewing experience in Loanga National Park, think forest elephant, gorilla and whales all in a single day! AW reservations can assist with this.

Safety: 100% safety record. 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. Each group of 4 anglers is accompanied by 2 guides and 2 game scouts to ensure safety at all times when walking and fishing in potentially dangerous game areas.

We have been searching for a suitable Nile perch fly fishing fishery for almost a decade. In January 2018 we led the first of two exploratory trips to what we consider to be one of the last remaining, ecologically intact, Sahelo-Sudanian ecosystems/ West African savannah habitats habitats – through which the Faro River flows. The discovery and subsequent collaborations that we have established with key concession owners, Dr Koen Maes and Xavier Vannier, encompassing a geographically special 120km section of Faro River, bordering the Faro National Park, allows us to offer a world class and unique fly fishing product to adventurous anglers. The combination of pristine riverine and terrestrial ecosystems make this area one of the last relatively untransformed representations of Sahelo-Sudanian ecosystems/ West African savannah habitats left on the planet. The Faro Fly Fishing product is now adding incredible value to the area by helping to ensure sustainable and well-managed fly fishing is able to contribute significant funds towards conservation, anti-poaching strategies in the area and building towards the long-term goal to facilitate and coordinate a unified and all-encompassing Faro River Basin conservation plan. The commencement of the revitalisation of the Cameroonian-registered NGO, the Faro Conservation Association (AFC) in 2019 is one of the first steps to achieving this goal.

GASSA Camp - Cameroon:

We operate out of two separate camps, on neighboring, private concessions during the fishing season. In doing this we effectively manage over 100km of river, under a unified fishery management plan, and combined anti-poaching effort.

Fishing pressure is spread over the two camps, each divided into four beats. The fishing camps are also rotated during the season to allow larger areas of rest for each section of the river. i.e. we will not fish both camps simultaneously.

Lower Camp: Owned and managed by African Waters – this is a small tented camp catering for 4 anglers, 2 guides, and camp staff. It is erected each season. It offers guests an authentic West African safari experience with its open plan living and dining area, and bespoke safari tent set up. It is situated in a shaded section of the riverine forest, enclosed in a natural amphitheater, on the banks of the Faro River, and has great views and some exciting fishing right in front of the camp.

Upper Camp: This permanent camp, run in conjunction with long-established conservation and hunting operator, Faro Safaris, is situated in the deep shade of the mature riverine forest. The camp is inspired by local architecture and the rooms are large, open rondavels, tastefully decorated with local fabrics and soft furnishings. Bathrooms are en suite. This haven under the trees is complemented by a beautiful dining area, lounge, deck, and fire pit overlooking the Faro River.

Meals are prepared by the talented camp chefs in a simple camp kitchen. Continental breakfast, eggs, and tea/coffee are taken before heading out from camp each day. Lunches are generally picnic-style on the river banks between fishing sessions.

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