GOLIATH

"Nestled in Eastern Central African Republic (CAR) in a war-torn region plagued by instability and deadly ethnic violence, lies a wildlife refuge called Chinko. Despite decades of civil war, intense poaching, illegal grazing and heavily armed herdsmen, remnant populations of key wildlife species have persisted, and vast swaths of wooded savanna and rainforest have remained [...]

TIGERS ON FOOT

Forget (almost) everything you know about fly-fishing for Zambezi tigers, they said. Pack your trail shoes, they said. On a recent mission to Siona Falls in Western Zambia with Wildman Fishing Co, Ewan Naude and Jazz Kuschke did just that, and burned more than holes in the soles of their feet and grooves into their [...]

THE HOT (SHOWER) LIST

It’s an outdoor affair. The floor is wooden decking, the low walls traditional Zambian reed-work. A mokoro – planted upright – provides the perfect vehicle for the shower head. Warm water is from a fire-fuelled 'donkey' set a few metres back in the Mopane bush. Shower views That gloriously epic warm water is [...]

HARLEY SHAKES

The Harley Shakes is a fly created by Stuart Hartley, a guide for Tourettes Fishing, designed specifically for the Tiger Fish (Hydrocynus Tanzaniae) of the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers in Tanzania. It's a surface fly that is very productive and a favourite for these rivers. You can see the fly in action in The African [...]

I AM NOT A WHENWE

A whenwe is a former British settler or expatriate who talks nostalgically about their former homes in colonial Africa, i.e.: "when we lived in..." (the origin of the term). In my case "When we were in Rhodesia...". But I’m Zimbabwean and do sometimes harp on about the fishing in Zimbabwe and would love to go back to some old haunts [...]