Another Day in Africa ??? Nothing wrong with that!
Ok you’ve obviously and correctly assumed that this certainly isn’t a Float Tube venue with hippos and crocs sharing the pond but it’s definitely a spot you should get your butt off to and ASAP.
Mteri, it’s difficult to explain the beauty of this place, it has to be experienced to be appreciated. For any serious fishermen you simply have to visit it at least once or thrice. A true African experience.
Your true African experience starts at the Beit Bridge border post. If it wasn’t for the fact that a detour via Botswana & Zambia would add another day to our trip we would have considered it. To say it’s the most chaotic border post in Southern Africa is an understatement and I’ve been through a few. I would prefer to hit my big toe with a 5 pound hammer than go through Beit Bridge??.well not really but a seriously healthy dose of patience is required.
Once through the border it’s a short and scenic 300 odd KM ride to Mteri. Mteri is situated in the South Western part of Zimbabwe smack bang in the middle of the sugar plantations. In fact Mteri is used to irrigate these self same plantations.
The accommodation is plush, I’m not too confident ‘if it’s Sandton Gossip Girl plush doll but its certainly a place most wives would find worthwhile tweeting about.
The food is outstanding, and service is just as awesome. It has a serious colonial vibe about it like Old Zimbabwe.
The best way to experience Mteri is to drive up on Wednesday and leave Sunday. If you time it right you can get a nice afternoon session in on Wednesday and pretty much fish till the sun goes down on Saturday. Justin Booth and is wife Collette offer a service to drive you there and back from Pretoria which is well worth considering and isn’t much more expensive than a self drive.
Ok enough of the boring stuff.
The dam is lay down & stand up timber heaven. There is timber everywhere, literally millions of dead trees. It’s also well endowed with large flats of reeds, grass beds and lily pads, can you spell “Horny Toad”. Without a doubt the lure of choice. You will need heavy braid to haul those pigs out of the brush. Senkos, flukes, brushhogs, spinner baits, crankbaits, topwater etc are all accepted with gusto.
The fishing is simply out of this world. You have a very good chance of catching a 5kg+ fish. My average for the trip was 2.5kg. I unfortunately didn’t get anything bigger than 3kg’s, but I caught plenty 3kg fish.
|Darryl with a healthy 2.8kg||Kenneth with the biggest for the weekend – 3.8kg|
|Last fish of the trip||Mark with a very impressive 3.6kg|
Best times to visit would be from June through to October.
The fishing isn’t always as easy as you would expect, we certainly found it a bit tricky.
There have been rumors of it closing down but I think they have managed to secure another lease for a couple of years.
More information can be found at www.mteri.co.za