Makhangoa Community Camp

a yellowfish swims away after release in perfectly still conditions at Makhangoa Community Camp, Lesotho

Yellowfish – Rainbow Trout – Brown Trout

SEASON: 20 November – 31 March
DURATION: 3 to 7 Night Options
GUESTS: 2 – 6

Makhangoa Community Camp is Africa’s answer to New Zealand sight fishing… this is dry fly, sight fishing heaven.

The Makhangoa Community Camp on the Bokong River will be your base for the duration of your tour. Using the lodge as a base, anglers have access to over 20km of the finest yellow fishing waters available in Southern Africa. Apart from the amazing sight fishing to yellowfish, guests are treated to the rare opportunity of being able to target both rainbow and brown trout in the same system. In addition to the mind-blowing fly fishing, guests are also exposed to the natural wonder of the Lesotho mountain kingdom, the people & the culture.

Fishing at Makhangoa Community Camp

Seasons at Makhangoa Community Camp run between November and April and guests can choose between 3 to 7-night packages. Each package is fully guided and catered.

Bokong River:

Guests staying at the Makhangoa Community camp have exclusive access to over 20km of the Bokong River, split into 5 beats. There is a limit of 6 rods per day on the river. The prime targets during the summer months are the healthy populations of large and hungry yellowfish that enter the Bokong River to feed and spawn.

Our recommendation is to use 4 – 5 wt rods with WF floating lines. During cooler periods, numerous trout move into the river system & become active. This creates the opportunity to target Yellowfish, Brown Trout & Rainbow Trout in the same river system.  Dry fly, sight fishing is the preferred method on the Bokong River. Nymphing may be required during cold snaps or in cooler months, so it is important to bring both types of flies.

Katse Dam:

Katse Dam, situated between 1km and 4 km below camp (depending on water levels,) offers sight fishing opportunities to yellowfish cruising the edges & dropoffs. During heavy rain blowouts and extreme cold snaps during the prime river season, Katse Dam offers a backup to those who wish to fish it.

Accommodation at Makhangoa Community Camp

The Makhangoa Community Camp is designed and built to mirror a traditional Basotho homestead. The lodge is self-sustainable and blends in with the mountain environment. The camp comprises of 4 traditional Rondavels (round chalets), each sleeping 2 guests in single beds. Each Rondavel has a veranda overlooking the river and is built using river stone and thatch.

The heart of the camp is the outside deck, living/kitchen area, which comprises of a lounge with large welcoming couches, a fireplace, and a large Mukwa dining table made by one of the guides. This building is also built from local stone and is a fine example of traditional masonry.

The camp kitchen comprises gas stoves, fridge and freezer facilities. Lighting throughout the camp is 220v via battery and inverter system and solar. There are plug points in the living area to charge cameras and phones.

Ablutions are in a separate stone building at the back of the camp, overlooking the estuary system, where the Bokong flows into Katse Dam. The ablutions consist of two flush toilets, two hot showers, and two hand basins, all with hot and cold running water.

All bedding and towels are supplied.

Getting to Makhangoa Community Camp

Makhangoa Community Camp is an easy 4hour drive from Clarens or Fiksburg. Guests are advised to enter Lesotho through either of these border posts.

All but the last 25km is on good tar roads. We advise guests to travel to camp in SUV vehicles with high ground clearance. In saying so, 4×4 vehicles are not essential.


For guests who are traveling in sedan vehicles, we can arrange a transfer service from Katse Hotel (where the tar road stops). Costs of which is R400.00 per person for the return transfer.


5 Night: POA

7 Night: POA

10 Night: POA

*** 3-7 night option available
Contact us for SADC Rates

Prices include

  • Shared accommodation at Makhangoa Community Camp
  • Professional Guides – 1 guide per 3 anglers
  • All meals
  • Use of 4×4 fly fishing vehicle to access upper beats and Katse Dam
  • Community Levies
  • Fishing license

Prices exclude

  • Transport to camp
  • Transfers from Katse if needed
  • Tackle
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Options community activities (Pony treks, guided hikes, village tours, and shebeen tours)
  • Drinks – soft and alcoholic (BYO)

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Extra info

Passport and Visas: All visitors require a valid passport with at least 6 months validity.

Inoculations: None required



Currency: Loti is the official currency (plural Maloti). Rands are accepted for all transactions and are linked to the Loti on a 1:1 basis.

Communication: Intermittent Cell Phone Reception

Language: Sesotho and English

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