Fly-fishing as ecotourism in South Africa: a case study

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Fly-fishing, as a form of angling ecotourism, has seen limited investigation in the global South, and even less in Southern Africa. This paper makes a modest attempt at exploring the economic impacts, and conservation possibilities through fly-fishing ecotourism at South Africa’s premier fly-fishing destination, Sterkfontein Dam. The investigation draws from 115 online survey responses from fly-fishers who regularly visit Sterkfontein Dam. The paper highlights the profile of these fly-fishers, their economic impact on local tourism, and their views on conserving the angling resource as a fly-fishing ecotourism destination. Their responses highlight a number of tensions relating to the control and management of the angling resource at Sterkfontein Dam. This paper makes suggestions that are more closely aligned with the principles of ecotourism, incorporating community-based management as the prime objective in conserving fly-fishing ecotourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-168
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Ecotourism
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017


  • community-based management
  • conservation
  • economic impacts
  • ecotourism
  • fly-fishing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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