Tour Date: 12-19 October 2019
Tour Cost: Adult – R 7 900
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 hundreds of kilometers 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 zoom 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 during 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.