Close to the southern shores of the Pongolapoort (Jozini) Dam, in the Bird Sanctuary part of the Biosphere, and overlooks the western escarpment of the majestic Lebombo Mountains and the endless savannah woodland of northern Zululand. The Pongolapoort Dam, with its variety of wildlife, is referred to as a mini-Kariba. Some of the animals which may be seen include elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, giraffe and many species of antelope. The dam is home to hippos, crocodiles and of course, the fighting TIGER FISH! The dam covers approximately 16 000 hectares with a river stretch of approximately 5km. Fishing takes place from boats and we support the “catch and release” method.
Welcome to Nkonkoni Fishing Camp
Did you know?
- The fishing boat launch is 1km from camp
- Arrival/Departure times: Check-in 14:00 | Check-out 10am (including public holidays)
- Office hours: 7am – 4pm
- Catering available
- We have boma’s and communal boma’s
- Elephants can be seen from the boat on the North-Eastern shores of the dam
- Likely to see: warthog, nyala, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, impala & giraffe
Fishing in Pongolapoort Dam
The tigerfish population here is ever growing with decent specimens only starting to appear in the early nineties. A record specimen was caught in 1998 weighing 8.3kg and some in the 5 – 7kg ranges are still being caught. Average size is still under a kilo and specimens up to 4kg are quite possible in a 3-day fishing trip.
One never tires trying to tackle the tiger, be it the hard bony jaws, big teeth, sheer cunningness or remote areas. Their fantastic skill to bite through a lure/bait is what makes them such an exciting fish to catch. An average of 4:1 is expected when fishing for tigers. They attack from the side, then turn the bait around and swallow it headfirst.
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