Tintswalo Lapalala in Limpopo is to introduce fly-fishing on a ‘catch, release and research’ basis as a new activity.
A three-hour drive from Johannesburg, the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve is home to 37km of the Palala River. With riverside locations that are easily accessible on foot and deep pools of clear and unpolluted water, fishing opportunities suitable for all competency levels are available.
The river is home to healthy populations of a wide variety of fish, including yellowfish, barbel, largemouth bass, and red-breasted and blue tilapia.
In the dam, carp, yellowfish, silver catfish, barbel and tilapia offer sinking-line fishing for novices and children.
Lapalala is one of the largest private reserves in South Africa and was founded in 1981 by conservationists, Dale Parker and Clive Walker. Fishing is scientifically monitored and led by qualified nature guides who are passionate and competent anglers. Data is collected for ongoing scientific research projects.
The best fishing opportunities are in the drier months of April until October when the river is more calm and accessible. During the summer months fishing excursions take place in the south of the reserve where the deep pools may yield yellowfish weighing more than a kilogram.
Specialist fly-fishing packages are customisable, and guests can opt for early-morning or late-afternoon fishing excursions. Guests can also choose to spend the day out in the reserve fishing at leisure and enjoy a lunchtime river picnic.