Trips

UFUDU FLYFISHING SAFARIS HOSTED AND UNHOSTED TRIPS

Ufudu Flyfishing Safaris offers the option of hosted fly fishing trips as well as a variety of unhosted trips to destinations that may or may not include fly fishing, depending upon client requirements.

HOSTED TRIPS
Every year Ufudu Flyfishing Safaris invites guests to join us on hosted flyfishing trips to exciting flyfishing destinations in southern Africa and the Maldives.
All the trips are planned, taking great care that they coincide with the best flyfishing seasons and/or tides. To ensure guest safety, comfort and personal attention, the number of anglers on each trip is limited to six.

Your host, Ben Pretorius is an accomplished fly angler who is familiar with the fishing destination and in on hand to offer advice on where and when to fish, fly choice, what tactics and strategies to apply and assistance with knots and the construction of leaders.  Ben will fish with guests on a rotational basis, pointing out fish and offering advice on aspects such as casting and stripping techniques.  He will also ensure and enforce clearly defined safety measures and precautions at all times.

UNHOSTED TRIPS
In the recent past a number of clients, have approached us for advice and assistance in planning trips to destinations with which we are familiar.  We have been able to provide detailed trip information and have secured very good rates for these clients.  As a result, we now offer several trip options to the Maldives, Mexico and Rocktail Bay in South Africa that include all forms of fishing, game viewing and adventure travel.

THE MALDIVES
The Maldives comprise 26 atolls and are spread in a north to south direction over a distance of 868 km between latitude 7 degrees 6′ 30” north and 0 degrees 42′ 30” south and offers exciting flyfishing possibilities from flats to surf to blue water. The atolls are large and unique in that there are, atolls within atolls and lagoons within lagoons, and it is this unusual geography that produces some of the most picture-perfect scenery one could imagine.
Vast, brilliant white sand and coral flats stretch for as far as the eye can see and are bisected by deep, blue channels and cuttings that provide direct access to the open ocean and deep lagoons.
In 2008, we conducted our first exploratory trips to these waters to asses the fly fishing potential. We have subsequently conducted more than 40 fly fishing trips to various atolls and Islands of the Maldives and have been very impressed with the quality and abundance of the fish stocks. We are constantly discovering new and better localities, catching more and bigger fish only to realise that we have only just begun to uncover what this amazing country has to offer.
The main species to target on the flats are triggerfish, snapper, giant trevally, bluefin-, and yellowspot trevally with the occasional barracuda, bonefish and permit.
The surf zone produces a multitude of snapper and rock cod species, green job fish, giant trevally and an abundance of bluefin trevally. Giant trevally up to 100 pounds are often seen and a number 70 pound fish have been landed. (Please visit our photo gallery)
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Currently the only feasible way to fish the numerous uninhabited islands of Maldives is by way of a live-aboard charter. In the Maldives, as opposed to other Indian Ocean atolls, there are no lengthy open ocean crossings or rough outside anchorages. Most of the sailing is done within the calm waters of the expansive lagoons.
Hosted trips of seven to ten days for a maximum of seven anglers are planned to co-inside with the best tides and season. Fishing time is maximised by the detailed planning of tidal flows and travel between fishing areas.

We offer guests the choice of a Couples trip, on a luxury motor boat, or trips for the more serious fly angler on a traditional but very comfortable safari dhoni.

Couple’s Trips to the Maldives
It is not often that fly fishermen can follow their passion in the company of their partners while exploring some of the most beautiful islands in the world on a luxury cruise vessel. Well, this is exactly what Ufudu Fly Fishing has done for several years. The rave reviews received from guests left us in no doubt that the entire experience is a winner and worth repeating year after year.
For the year 2017 we have one trip aboard the yacht Conte Max that we know will give you really good value for money plus, memories that will last a lifetime!

THE BOAT
The Conte Max is the perfect synergy between luxury and home-from-home comfort. A delightful crew is on hand to attend your every need and there is a team of chefs who produce excellent local and international cuisine. With a high level of design and excellent quality finishes, this 33 meter yacht boasts three sundecks, indoor and outdoor dining areas, gleaming wood furnishings and parquet flooring.
There are eight cabins (four triple with double and single beds and four twin cabins) for a total of fourteen guests (seven couples plus your hosts Ben and Pam). All cabins have en-suite bathrooms with air-conditioning and skylights.
The lounge is the perfect place to relax in either the comfortable couches or at the bar. There is also a small boutique, a library, television, music and Internet point. The Conte Max also has a small health spa with an Ayurveda therapist.
A comfortable Maldivian traditional boat, known as a dhoni, equipped with diving and sporting gear as well as a canoe and a motorised tender will accompany Conte Max for the duration of your trip. (See photographs attached)
An array of spectacular destinations to the southern atolls will provide opportunities for you to scuba dive and snorkel in crystal clear water with unique and colourful varieties of corals, tropical fish, big game species, Manta rays and turtles. You will explore several islands, visit a fishing village, have a romantic dinner on a remote, uninhabited island and be able to cast a fly to some of the best fly target fish species on this planet.
All fly fishing is hosted by Ben, who has conducted numerous memorable fly fishing trips to the Maldives in recent years. Pam will host the on-board, adventure and snorkelling activities.
Scuba Diving Guests
On past trips we have had guests whose main focus was to experience the unrivalled scuba diving the Maldives has to offer. With a little more planning we were able to accommodate them very comfortably without compromising any of the other activities.
Guest can do up to two dives per day and one night dive during the week provided it is compatible with the rest of the group program. Two or three diving guides are always present (instructor / dive masters).

2017 TRIPS DATES: 30 OCTOBER- 6 NOVEMBER (southern atolls)
AVAILABILITY: 5 Couples
COSTS: $2700 per person sharing.

Please Note: The above quoted prices are based on a full complement of seven couples per trip. Should it transpire that at ninety days (90) prior to departure date the full complement of seven couples has not been confirmed, Ufudu Fly Fishing has the right to cancel the trip and the obligation to refund all deposits.
Rates are inclusive of the following: This includes seven nights full board on the cruise vessel Conte Max, and all ground transfers. The price excludes international air travel, bar bill, gratuities and comprehensive travel insurance (essential).
For more information please contact Ben – see details below. Be sure to make your reservation now if you want to secure your place.

Maldives Fly Fishing trips: For the more serious fly angler.
Each year we offer several of these 7-8 night hosted trips to either the northern or southern atolls of the Maldives.
The trips are all planned to coincide with the best seasons, tides and moon phase and are limited to a maximum of six anglers per trip.

The Boat (photos of boat)

This is traditional and very comfortable safari dhoni that offers shared accommodation and excellent food for a maximum of six anglers. The boat which is ideally suited to these fly fishing trips is accompanied by a tender that transports anglers to the various fishing localities.
Depending on the season trips are planned to uninhabited islands of either the northern atolls or to those of the southern atolls.

Fly fishing trips for 2017 (northern atolls)

We have recently discovered new venues in the north that present guests with totally different, yet very exciting fly fishing opportunities. On a recent trip we visited both these venues and we are confident that future trips to both these venues will provide guest with the near perfect trip.
Consider this prospect…for the first 3 days of the trip you will be sight casting to some of the biggest GTs imaginable in the surf zone.
Here GTs of up to1.5metres (fl) well within casting range are regularly seen in the crystal clear water of the surf zone providing anglers with the exhilarating prospect of hooking and hopefully landing one of the most powerful and dirty fighting fish in the sea. To date fish of 1.3 metres have been hooked (but not landed) and several fish over a metre have been landed.
Then for the remainder of the trip you will be making pin-point casts to wily tailing triggers, bluefin, snappers and GTs whilst wading kilometres of snow white sand flats. Feed –back of trips to the north from several well-travelled guests was unanimous that value-for-money they would be very hard to beat.
It must be said that attributes such as physical fitness, a good sense of balance, good casting skills and the ability to see fish are essential to be successful when fishing the surf zone.

TRIP DATES FOR 2017 (NORTHEN ATOLLS)
8 – 14 Feb 2 rods open
24 Feb. – 2 March 6 rods open
9 – 15 March 6 rods open
25 – 31 March Full

The cost of the trip: $3400pp sharing.

The price includes: Seven nights full board aboard a safari dhoni, domestic flights, hosted fly fishing and all ground transfers.
The price excludes: international flights, travel insurance, bar and gratuities.

Fly fishing trips for 2016 (southern atolls)
For the months October to early December each our trips to the Maldives take us to the islands of the southern atolls when the seasonal south west monsoon winds create good fly fishing conditions.
Fishing is varied from sight and blind casting to GTs and bluefin in the surf, to flats fishing which include some of the best trigger fishing anywhere in the world to fishing deep channels for bonito. We will visit several different islands during each trip thus giving guests a well-rounded fly fishing experience.
Guests, depending on their skills, can realistically expect to catch bluefin trevally, yellow spotted trevally, GTs, snappers and triggerfish

TRIP DATES FOR 2016 (SOUTHERN ATOLLS)
12 – 18 November Full

The cost of the trip: $2350pp sharing

The price includes: Seven nights full board aboard a safari dhoni, hosted fly fishing and all ground transfers.
The price excludes: international flights, travel insurance, bar and gratuities.

THE ORANGE RIVER: FLY FISHING FOR YELLOWFISH

Ufudu Fly Fishing Experience is proud to introduce you to a new and very special fly fishing yellowfish venue on the Orange River. Egerton, a 3000 hectare game farm, you will have nine kilometres of pristine big water river to cast a fly to two of our most fabled freshwater species, the smallmouth and largemouth yellowfish. The farm is situated near Hopetown some 130kms from Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa

THE ORANGE RIVER (also known as Gariep or Senqu River) is the longest river in South Africa. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, flowing westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. Orange River is home to South Africa’s best known and favourite sport yellowfish, the Orange-Vaal Smallmouth Yellowfish and the largemouth yellowfish (Labeobarbus kimberleyensis)
THE SMALLMOUTH YELLOWFISH,( Labeobarbus aeneus). is a hardy and adaptable species that is widespread across its natural distribution range. It has the ability to inhabit smaller streams owing to its smaller size. Attaining a mass of around 9 kg it is an opportunistic feeder, eating a variety of food types ranging from plant material to aquatic insects, crabs, shrimps and small fish.
THE LARGEMOUTH YELLOWFISH (Labeobarbus kimberleyensis) occurs in the Orange and Vaal rivers and their larger tributaries. They are slow-growing, long-lived and can grow to well over 20 kgs in weight. As highly predatory specie with adults feeding almost exclusively on fish, it stands to reason that they have become a highly sought after angling specie especially on fly.
On fly fish of 5 kgs are regarded as trophy fish whist a fish of 10 kgs are regarded as exceptional. Their status on the Red Data list is stated as vulnerable and caution must be taken when releasing all fish caught.

THE FLY FISHING SEASON: The dedicated fly fishing season is limited to 30days per year. The 2016 fly fishing season will commence on 12 October. The season is limited to this period having taken factors such as fishing pressure, weather, water clarity, fish feeding and spawning habits into consideration.

ACCOMMODATION: The lodge is situated on the banks of the river. The communal and guest accommodation all have river views.
The communal area consists of a very spacious and tastefully furnished lounge/ kitchen, a very spacious wooden deck and an open air boma cum braai area.

The guest accommodation consists of five newly constructed cottages that each house two guests in single rooms with a share bathroom.
THE FOOD: The Northern Cape is well known for its open-arm hospitality and farm style protein super charged cuisine and guests can rest assured that they will receive both in ample quantities.

THE FISHING: This is big water river fishing that is varied, accessible and very rewarding. The river is big and at places wild, very reminiscent of the mighty Zambezi (sans the crocs and hippos!!!). Along the nine kilometres of river accessible to guest, this provides anglers with a wide variety of fishing options.

You will fish slow moving water and Island structure for the elusive largemouth yellowfish to nymph fishing powerful cascading rapids to sight fishing dry flies in deep canyon water for the numerous and feisty smallmouth yellowfish. What more can any fly angler ask for?
During a recent five night exploratory trip to Egerton eight anglers landed in excess of 300 small mouth yellows and 16 Largemouth yellow fish. Without exception every one of these anglers has already reserved their place for the 2016 season.

Your typical angling day:
Anglers will be divided into two groups and will fish a new section of the river each day.
6.00 – 7-00 Tea/coffee and fruit and cereals
7- 11.00/12.00 The two groups of anglers will be transported to their respective fishing destinations
12.00-1300 Brunch either at your fishing locality or back at the lodge
14.00- 18.00 each group will be taken to a new fishing locality
20.00- Traditional Northern Cape supper

THE FLY FISHING TRIP DATES FOR 2016
The Dedicated fly fishing season is limited to 30 days each year and coincides with the best fishing season, water clarity and weather conditions. Each trip of five nights will accommodate a maximum of eight fly anglers. The trip dates for the 2016 season are as follows:

October 12 – 17 FULL
October 17 – 22 8 RODS OPEN
October 22 – 27 8 RODS OPEN
October 27 – November 1 4 RODS OPEN
November 1 – 6 8 RODS OPEN
November 6 – 11 2 RODS OPEN

THE COSTS OF A FIVE NIGHT TRIP:

The cost for each five night trip is R10000pp.
The costs include the following: Single sleeping accommodation with shared bathroom
Light Breakfast, brunch and supper, daily transport to fishing locality, access to personal floatation device, meet and greet at Kimberley, hosted fly fishing

The cost excludes the following: Transport to the venue, travel insurance, bar and soft drinks (you are welcome to bring your own- cash bar available), gratuities.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Egerton is a 3000 hectare game farm with a wide variety of game. Whilst being transported to various fishing locations anglers will see buffalo, white rhino, sable and roan antelope, nyala, oryx, springbok, impala to mention but a few game species.
Rock art and stone -age implements have been discovered in several places on the farm and can be viewed by those interested in times gone by. Other activities such as birding, hiking and canoeing (only permitted on certain sections of the river) are also a given at a venue such as this.

RESERVATIONS: All enquiries and reservations are made exclusively through Ufudu Flyfishing Experience. Reservations are confirmed by way of a non-refundable 50% deposit with the balance due 45 days prior to the trip.
FINAL WORD: This is a genuine African fly fishing experience that makes one feel very proud to be a South African and Egerton team respectfully Invite you to be their guests.

THE MALDIVES

TRIPS FOR THE MORE SERIOUS FLY ANGLER

2016: TO THE SOUTHERN ATOLLS

12 – 18 November Full

The cost of the trip: $2350pp sharing

The price includes: Seven nights full board aboard a safari dhoni, hosted fly fishing and all ground transfers.
The price excludes: international flights, travel insurance, bar and gratuities.
2017: TO THE NORTHERN ATOLLS

8 – 14 Feb 2 rods open
24 Feb. – 2 March 6 rods open
9 – 15 March 6 rods open
25 – 31 March Full

The cost of the trips: $3400pp sharing.
Please note: Prices include full board, all hosted fishing, your domestic flights, and all ground transfers. Prices exclude international flights, bar and gratuities.

COUPLE’S TRIP TO THE MALDIVES 2017 (SOUTHERN ATOLLS)

TRIPS DATES: 30 OCT. – 6 NOV. 2017(southern atolls)
AVAILABILITY: 5 Couples
COSTS: $2700 per person sharing.
Enjoy your flyfishing passion in the company of your wife/partner sailing from one uninhabited island to the next in the comfort of the luxury of the boat
Please note: The above quoted prices are based on a full complement of seven couples per trip. They include full board, all hosted fishing, and all ground transfers. Prices exclude international flights, bar, gratuities and travel insurance.

SOUTH AFRICA: 2016

ORANGE RIVER YELLOWFISHING: THE TRIP DATES FOR 2016
The Dedicated fly fishing season is limited to 30 days each year and coincides with the best fishing season, water clarity and weather conditions. Each trip of five nights will accommodate a maximum of eight fly anglers. The trip dates for the 2016 season are as follows:
October 12 – 17 FULL
October 17 – 22 8 RODS OPEN
October 22 – 27 8 RODS OPEN
October 27 – November 1 4 RODS OPEN
November 1 – 6 8 RODS OPEN
November 6 – 11 2 RODS OPEN

THE COSTS OF A FIVE NIGHT TRIP: The cost for each five night trip is R10000pp.
The costs include the following: Single accommodation with shared bathroom
Light Breakfast, brunch and supper, daily transport to fishing locality, access to personal floatation device, meet and greet at Kimberley, hosted fly fishing
The cost excludes the following: Transport to the venue, travel insurance, bar and soft drinks (you are welcome to bring your own- cash bar available), gratuities.

ROCKTAIL BAY: SALTWATER FLY FISHING WORKSOP:

2016 WORKSHOP DATES

23 – 27 Jan. Fly anglers- R10500; Non-fishing- R9100 FULL
7 – 11 March Fly anglers – R 9200: Non-fishing- R7900 FULL
November: Dates still to be confirmed.

2017 WORKSHOP DATES

28 Jan. – 1 Feb. Fly anglers- R11600: Non-anglers: R10350 FULL

Price Details
Fly anglers: This rate includes: Full board shared accommodation, laundry, two daily hosted fly fishing outings, 4 x 4 transport to fishing venues, all fly fishing instruction and demonstrations
Non-fishing partners: This sharing rate include: Full board shared accommodation, laundry and two lodge activities per day such as snorkeling, beach outings, and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, guided forest walks, seasonal turtle tours and community visits.
The camp is fully family friendly, (kids room, baby sitters, kiddies menu, children’s programs etc.) and capable of hosting the smallest of babies.
This rate excludes: bar, park fees, gratuity.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Ufudu Fly Fishing Experience
Tel: (w): 031 7645356
Fax: 031 764 3099
Mob: Ben Pretorius: (+27)8021677