Charles Penning



While gaining in-depth knowledge over 10 years in the Maputaland area of South Africa, I now call the Pongolo River and surrounding area home and every day spent in the area teaches me new interesting facts about this diverse region of northern Maputaland. Gaining in depth knowledge from the local people I meet during my expeditions is an everyday occurrence. Every moment I can spare I spend bird watching in this diverse habitat and Fly-Fishing on the river in search of the majestic Tiger fish that call the river home


  • Birding, coastal and inland destinations;

  • Boating and canoeing in the wilderness, Sodwana Bay, Kosi Bay lake system and Pongolo river;

  • Conventional fishing methods, light tackle spinning;

  • Fly fishing, specializing and targeting saltwater and freshwater predator species;

  • Fly tying and gearing up for the different scenarios that are presented; and

  • Outdoor adventures and fun filled expeditions.


What you can expect

  • I am a multi-faceted fisherman, young energetic and love sharing the wilderness and its possibilities with clients who want to learn more.

  • You can expect to have a fun filled active day with me on your excursion. With in-depth knowledge of the area and an open minded point of view you will leave here all the wiser.

  • I can offer you advice on your daily self-drive outings around the area

  • Guided fishing and other Activity Packages -

    Once I completely understand your wants and needs I will tailor make an itinerary and provide you with the best experience.



Activities at Ndumu River Lodge

  • Birding

  • 4 x 4 trails

  • Butterfly collecting

  • Hikes and rambles in the uBombo mountains to Gary’s falls or Border Cave

  • Mountain Biking Trails (bring your own mountain bike)

  • 1, 2 or 3 day canoe trips down the Pongolo River

  • Birding and fishing trip to the Usutu River

  • Fossil sites

  • Team building & Conferences

  • Visits to local rural villages and events

  • Visit the local ‘sangoma’ – herbal & spiritual healer

  • Walking and hiking trails around Lodge

  • Or Just Enjoy the Birding on the walking paths and benches at the Lodge

  • Quad bike excursions  (Bring your own Quad Bike)

  • Boat cruises on Sokhunti and Shalala pans

  • Fishing and Birding trip to Usutu River


Day trips

  • Tembe Elephant Park,  4x4 needed

  • Ndumo Game Reserve

  • Kosi Bay Lakes

  • Pongolapoort dam

Dung Beetle
Dung Beetle

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Tembe Elephant Park
Tembe Elephant Park

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Dung Beetle
Dung Beetle

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