Tokoloshi Expeditions

If you’re looking for an incredible escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, what could be better than exploring Port Alfred’s excellent angling opportunities? Tokoloshi Expeditions specialise in offering fishing adventures along the Kowie River, in one of the most stunning parts of South Africa. Even better? Their trips last from 1–5 days, so you can really delve into the fishing on offer. Come discover what the ‘Sunshine Coast’ has to offer!

Your adventure will be hosted and guided by expert National Geographic guide, Ralph Kirsten. A lifelong fisherman, Ralph will have you exploring the waters of the Kowie River from his houseboat, where you’ll also be able to relax and catch up on your sleep. There’s a double bed, kitchen, full bathroom, and plenty of other amenities that’ll have you feeling right at home. Feel free to speak to your guide for more information about your accommodation.

You’ll also have access to Ralph’s ‘fishing tender’ boat, which is smaller in size and can get you into some seriously remote, unfished waters. Depending on how long you’d like to fish for, you’ll have the chance to target anything from Grunter, Kob, Garrick, Shad, Musselcracker, and more. The further you head out onto the river, the more tropical the species get! You’ll use a range of techniques to hook your catch, so if you have a preferred method, just let Ralph know.

Every trip is an all-inclusive package, so you’ll be provided with everything you need for an awesome adventure: rods, reels, a variety of bait, and a fishing licence, as well as full meals and drinks. Just arrange exactly what you’d like to eat and drink in advance. You’ll be able to keep your catch as long as it’s within local limits, and Ralph will even cook it for you and prepare it the South African way – served with chips and tabasco sauce!

If you’re looking for a taste of escapism, Tokoloshi Expeditions have the perfect fishing holiday for you. Come discover it for yourself!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    1 Night – Kowie River Houseboat
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    1 Day Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $604
    Using your captain's houseboat as your base, you'll spend one night on the Kowie River targeting Garrick, Kobeljou, and Grunter with live bait, lures, and flies. With the smaller tender boat, you can get into the 'strike zone' in silence and keep the fish coming in! Your captain will provide all the gear you need, including fly fishing gear, as well as food, drinks, and your fishing licence. Just bring an appetite for adventure!
  • Private trip
    2 Night – Kowie River Houseboat
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 Day Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $845
    Spend 2 nights on the Kowie River, with one full day to really get into the fishing on offer. You'll get to hit the right zones at the right time, when the tides are fish-filled: this is really the way to do it! You'll target Garrick, Kobeljou, and Grunter, as well as Bull and Ragged Tooth Sharks at night. Your trip includes pick up and drop off at the marina in Port Alfred, as well as all the fishing gear you'll need, a fishing licence, and food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    5 Days – Kowie River Combo
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Day Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $845
    If you really want to experience South African fishing at its finest, this is the way to do it! You'll spend 2 nights on your captain's Kowie River houseboat, followed by 2 nights in the Halyards Hotel, located at the Marina. You'll be deep sea fishing on your captain's local charter boat, and will spend one full day fishing from the pier at the mouth of the Kowie River. Targeted species include Garrick, Kobeljou, Grunter, Shad, and massive Sharks! All fishing gear is included, as well as food and drinks.

About the Captain

Ralph Kirsten
Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa
I have been fishing my whole life! It all started in the freshwater inland rivers and dams of South Africa. All types of fishing were explored, from bottom baits to lures and fly fishing from the bank and small boats. After studying conservation, I then began fishing in the ocean and estuary systems and have now settled on the Sunshine Coast. With all the rivers in the area, South Africa's Eastern Seaboard and Port Alfred really are a fisherman's dream! I concentrate my efforts on the Kowie and Fish Rivers, targeting Kobeljou, Grunter, Garrick, and sharks by boat with live bait, dead baits, lures, and flies.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bluefish Bluefish
Grunter (Javelin) Javelin Grunter
Kob Kob
Leerfish (Garrick) Leerfish (Garrick)

Boat specs

Lightleys (Pontoon) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 60HP Yamaha engine.

Length
15 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Penn, Shimano, Abel Garcia
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Can be cooked too
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
10% gratuity
Fishing License
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Berkley

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 30 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Within limit and adhering to local regulations
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

PayPal
Bank Transfer

FAQs about Tokoloshi Expeditions

Tokoloshi Expeditions offers the following trips to customers:
  • £250 per day per person - 1 Night – Kowie River Houseboat (1 day)
  • £350 per day per person - 2 Night – Kowie River Houseboat (3 days)
  • £350 per day per person - 5 Days – Kowie River Combo (5 days)

When you book a trip with Tokoloshi Expeditions, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Tokoloshi Expeditions include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Penn, Shimano, Abel Garcia)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Can be cooked too)
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate (10% gratuity)
  • Fishing License
  • Lunch
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Berkley)

Tokoloshi Expeditions offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Tokoloshi Expeditions offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Tokoloshi Expeditions include:
  • Bluefish
  • Grunter (Javelin)
  • Kob
  • Leerfish (Garrick)
  • Musselcracker
  • Shark (Bull)