Tengo Camp

Fishing Tanzania for tigerfish

Tengo and Samaki Camp offer the adventurous fly fisherman the ultimate African fly fishing safari, with access to 70km on two adjacent rivers, 7 km of rapids and the unique fly camping operation which allows you to fish remote stretches of these unspoiled rivers.




Catch record Tiger fish

The majority of the fishing is done on the drift using 16ft aluminium boats with 25hp -40hp outboards. Your attention will be focused on the river structure which comprises fallen timber, long sand banks, steep drop-off’s and rocky outcrops. When required, you will make use of sand anchors and tying up to structure mid stream to focus attention on a specific stretch of water.

This river has received very little fishing pressure and with this controlled fly fishing venture, will continue to do so. The system 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. The average size fish one can expect to hook ranges between 8 and 12lbs. Trophy fish in this system are measured above 20lbs. Be prepared to have you fly fishing paradigms shifted! By limiting the season to only 19 weeks with a max of 6 rods per week, adopting an intensive catch register, combined with ongoing research with leading academic institutes we are confident that the continued success of this fishery will be maintained.

enjoy comfortable tented camps

Both Tengo and Samaki Camps are simple yet very comfortable tented camps which are erected each season from scratch. All tents contain two large single beds, showers, flush toilets and hand basins. All linen is provided. Hot water is from a donkey boiler which is prepared each morning and evening. All furniture is fashioned from local woods and is tasteful and functional. Dinners are enjoyed under the stars in the outdoor boma or around the campfire.

Buffalo, lion, leopard and elephant are common in the area, as well as a host of plains game species including puku, warthog, hartebeest, zebra, eland and bushbuck amongst many. The bird life is exceptional with many rare and endemic species found in the area. Pels Fishing Owl, along with Palmnut Vultures, Narina Trogans, Broad Billed Roller, African Fin Foot and white backed night heron all make this riverine environment their home.

“What a great experience that we will all keep in our memories of a lifetime. Hopefully, we can’t wait to get back out there!”  R.V. London, UK

an African safari experience

Comfortable fly camping (mobile tents are erected prior to our arrival) under the African stars ensure that the African safari experience is as much a part of this trip as the trophy tigers you can expect to encounter.


Destination Overview

Location: Tengo Camp, Tanzania

Water Type: Freshwater

Capacity: 8

Species: Tigerfish, Nembwe

Activities & Amenities

Travel Tips

Time: 3 hours ahead GMT

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