We live in a country with such diverse flora and fauna with National Parks dotted all around the country offering very reasonable accommodation and camping facilities. Our wildlife has always been way up there with the best in Africa plus we have rivers and lakes that offer excellent fishing opportunities. One of the unfortunate by-products of all this is the fact that poaching is now a major problem which is proving very difficult to keep under control. It is extremely important, therefore, for us, as parents, to find time and ways of showing our children the beauty of all this before the wildlife is eradicated from our world. The next generation needs to believe in the usefulness of maintaining this wildlife for their long term benefit.
So this last weekend I decided to take my son fishing in Chirundu. We stayed at Jecha Point – a lovely fishing camp with half a dozen thatched chalets located right on the banks of the mighty Zambesi River. There is nothing quite like waking up in the early morning to the sounds of a pod of hippo grunting or the shrill call of a Fish Eagle perched high up in a tree nearby. Jecha is owned and managed by Iona and Nick Coetzee. They have established a wonderful resort that is very affordable We hired a very safe pontoon (boat) and driver to take us out to fast flowing sections where we drifted casually waiting for that very recognisable sound a reel emits when the bait is latched onto. We were powered by a 90HP Yamaha Engine – a pontoon is arguably a better option for fishing for Tiger?
There is an infinity pool in the gardens right next to an Acacia Albida that boasted a tree full of ripe pods attracting a young bull Elephant during the heat of the day. The fishing was not very good this time around and blame was apportioned to cold weather; high flowing waters; incompetent fishermen – you name it! We did have a jumper though on day 1- when a tiger grabs onto your bait and jumps a metre out of the water some 30 metres away trying to spit out your hook- very rewarding sight. Yet we had great fun together and lots of chats around the campfire about all sorts of topics – as Dads and Sons should have from time to time.
The lodges are all self-catering but you can hire a cook for a few dollars – ours was excellent and turned out expected Steak egg and chips into a Mushroom sauce steak with cheese sauce combination of cauliflower and broccoli plus potato cheese pie – “Taguta Baba”. I would highly recommend that you make time to spend at one of the fishing camps along the river and Jecha is one that you should definitely try out – soon. We left lots of big ones out there for you to catch! Mike G.