Nqabara Eco River Lodge

There aren’t many fishing destinations where anglers can enjoy the exciting opportunities of two adjoining rivers and an expansive estuary that meets the warm Indian Ocean.

Located in the unspoilt wild coast near Dwesa, which is a mere 3.5 hours from east London and 8.5 hours from Durban, Nqabara is a growing tourist attraction that overlooks the Nqabara River mouth. The lodge which represents the Nqabara trust and community is spoilt with beauty as you can unwind on 10km of unspoilt beaches which are surrounded by indigenous forests. This magnificent gem caters for the avid fisherman, birder, and eco-travellers as well for family gatherings and small groups or conferences.  

Fishing at Nqabara lodge: There are not many angling sites where one can enjoy exciting angling in two rivers when the sea is unfishable as the Nqabara and Nqabarana rivers join the mouth below the Lodge and are amazingly clean rivers, teaming with bird life and providing good fishing all year, lure and light tackle fishing amongst the mangroves and deeper channels will result in catches of perch, grunter, kob, garrick and small kingpins. Fishing at the sea during neap tides one would have to walk across a sand bank on the right hand side of the lodge, if you would like to fish during a spring high tide then a canoe is best suited to cross the river. From the beach one will catch rays, sand sharks or target kob on the drop-off with plastic baits, or the elusive pignose grunter during winter months.

A fully guided Fly Fishing experience is offered on both rivers. Kob, garrick, pickhandle barracuda, kingfish, skipjack, perch and rock salmon are the main species targeted. The drop-offs and sandbanks on both rivers are easily accessed by foot during lower tides, while boats can be charted for the deeper tides and to access the upper reaches of the rivers which offer exiting areas. Flies commonly used are Clouser Minnows, Decievers, Crazy Charlie’s, Seducers, Spungebobs and Nyaps.

Please remember that fishing here is strictly catch and release and only fish that are to be consumed at the lodge are kept. Also kindly follow the Parks rules and regulations as you do need a fishing license.

Activities on offer in this wilderness: Take a canoe trip and enjoy traveling down the river, being totally at one with mother nature where you hear the sound of the fish eagle or loerie or spend the day angling or exploring the interesting flora on the river’s edge. The shoreline has made the Wild Coast legendary with its long white beaches and the blue waters of the Indian Ocean and fish of every shape and size which makes fishing a major drawcord. Dolphin activity can be seen all year round with humpback and southern right whales’ migration from the antarctic between months of June and November.

The Lodge can accommodate 22 people in three cottages and the main house.

  • The three cottages, kingfisher, horbill and sunbird have the following: Two furnished en-suite bedrooms with two single beds,and a king-size bed, lounge area, fully equipped kitchen, lounge and dining area, ablution facilities, deck with views and braai facilities.
  • The main house (fish eagle) has the following: 1 x en-suite bedroom, 1 x bedroom with 2 x king-size or twin beds, 1 x large bedroom with 6 single beds, fully equipped kitchen, lounge, dstv (extra charge),dining area, ablutions-indoor and outdoor shower, expansive deck with magnificent views and braai area.

Being a low-impact eco-lodge, the entire place is run on solar technology, water is harvested and stored in tanks while the waste is collected and disposed in the nearby town of Willowvale.

Contact details:

Tim Hammond



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