Tintswalo Lapalala has introduced fly-fishing on a ‘catch, release and research’ basis within the pristine Waterberg Reserve.

The sprawling 48 500 ha Lapalala Wilderness Reserve is home to the spectacular Palala river that runs 37 km through the reserve. Riverside locations, rocky rapids, and deep pools of clear unpolluted water present exhilarating fishing opportunities suitable for all competency levels.

The Palala River teems with yellow fish, barbel, largemouth bass, red-breasted and blue tilapia to offer excellent nymph style fly-fishing. In the dam, carp, yellowfish, silver catfish, barbel and tilapia offer sinking-line fishing for novices, including children.

Fishing at Tintswalo, Lapalala

Founded in 1981 by conservation champions, Dale Parker and Clive Walker, the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve is one of the largest private reserves in South Africa and recognised as a champion of sustainable wildlife conservation. Fishing is scientifically monitored and operated strictly on a catch-and-release basis. Led by qualified nature guides who are competent anglers, data is collected for ongoing scientific research projects.

July to October provide the best fishing opportunities when the river is calmer and more accessible. During summer fishing excursions take place in the south of the reserve.

Kgokong view at Tintswalo, Lapalala

Specialist fly-fishing packages are customized for keen anglers, while regular guests may opt for early morning or late afternoon fishing excursions. Guests can spend the day out in the reserve fishing at leisure and enjoy the tranquility of a river picnic at lunch.

  • Tintswalo Lapalala is offering a 50% discount post-lockdown 2-night package to South African residents, from R18 500 for two people sharing, inclusive of accommodation in luxury tents, all meals and two safari activities daily.