Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review
Everything possible was done to make us feel at home. As a family group our individual needs were catered for and the activities were very flexible. If you wanted to go on a game drive half an hour later, or do more another day, then all you had to do was say so.
The food was excellent. The only thing was that at breakfast there were more options available then we first realised. For instance we didn't know they did porridge or omelettes until onther guest asked for them.
Great start to a superb two-centre safari
# the excellant camp fully met our expectations NB. the description in your brochure / website (& Adventure Camps of TZ) were spot-on in contrast to the overstated marketing hype that is still a feature of some operators literature.
# we appreciated the thatched 'hall' combined the bar, dining-room and lounge. Each time we entered as at least one member of staff was present and each were genuinely interested in our experiences and encouraged our attempts at Kiswahili.
# Pleasantly surprised to be bug free (in July) despite the adjacent lake.
#Vehicle tracks were often very poor and clearly very little of the Selous Reserve's income is used to maintain the infrastructure. We would certainly support any proposals to have the northern tourist blocks upgraded to National Park status.
# the boat rips were a particular feature and we enjoyed both a lake and channel trip - each time ELTON was our very experienced and truly excellant boatman.
# excellant food and being served under cover in the day in the impressive thatched 'hall' meant it was easier to interact with the staff.....and still enjoy the passing elephant or two!
# recommend the full day safari option to the hot springs, with an a delicious picnic lunch. We enjoyed the company of our guide EMMANUEL and driver OMARI MKOMA, who is fun character - promised photos of the hot springs 'team swim' will be posted shortly.
# impressed by our walking safari from the carefull briefing though to getting our proverbial dung recognition & tracking certificates!!
# Plenty of wildlife passed thought he camp but the Masai guards were pros and we felt very safe in their hands.
# Our regular landrover team was guide ADAM and driver ABUU - their combined spotting skills and knowledge was impressive and very much appreciated.
Lake Manze Tented Camp review
We loved this camp and really enjoyed all our road, boat and all-day safaris.
Our guides Adam and Rashidi and driver Abu were absolutely excellent and put so effort into making sure we had a brilliant time.
Back to basics at Lake Manze Camp
We had a wondeful time at lake manze camp. The staff there were fantastic, always helpful, friendly, warm and knowledgeable. Richard and Sara who manage the camp are both very welcoming and make every effort to ensure you have a great safari experience.
The camp is very much back to basics, no electricity and showering under the stars. The tents are clean and comfortable and provide everything you need. The guides are fantastic and our favourite part of the holiday was the lake safari's with rasheedi.
The evening dinner is quite an experience, a communal dinner out amongst the wildlife, if you don't like creepy crawlies you may stuggle a little as there are thousands of them, including all over the dinner table, I did find this hard to get used to, but enjoyed the experience nonetheless.
Expert Africa comments
We observe that the numbers of 'creepy crawlies' in Southern Tanzania are highest immediately after the rains – which is when these travellers visited, at the start of June; they then reduce rapidly as the dry season progresses.
Green Season Safari in Selous
We chose this style of camp because having experienced a number of safaris in Africa before our goal
was to be 'Close to nature' and this style of camp was as close as you could get (except mobile camping).
Generally, the more 'Up Market' a camp becomes the further away from the 'Close to nature' experience the lodge/camp becomes.
Therefore the level at which this camp is set is not for who desire fine wines and nouvelle cuisine but Lake Manze provides more simpler offerings and of course the price reflected this, however the food was good and the beds
clean and comfortable and we have no complaints in the area. The only thing I would mention was the taste of the drinking water,
it comes from the lake and I'm not too suprised it has a 'Special' flavour so I would stick to bottled water if I was you.
The staff were friendly and obliging, the guides were keen and enthusiastic and Richard kept them all in toe and was always there to see you off in the morning and also there on your return back from your venture into Selous. Excellent birthday cake made by Suleiman (thankyou).
Would I go back there ? - problably !
Amazing Game from the moment we landed
Carlson and Abbu mad ethe visit absolutely unforgettable.... their determination to find the unfindable was infectious, and other passing Land Rovers were stopping us for information.... they were the best...
From an Elephant in the middle of the camp, to a Puff Adder in the bar.... how much wilder could you expect to be?
Lake Manze Tented Camp review
Set amongst the wilderness and resting on the shores of Lake Manze, the camp here is a must for those who enjoy the outdoors and who love being amongst nature. The variety of wildlife here is incredible and much of it can be seen in and around the camp (including elephants who frequently walk amongst the compound), whilst more can be heard at night as many of the animals come to the lake to drink.
Being in a tent you get a real sense of living and sleeping in the very world which the animals inhabit whilst having the opportunity to travel further afield during the day to witness the diversity of animal and bird life in the surrounding areas. This can be done either in a jeep, by boat along the river or simply by walking into the bush, all accompanied by very helpful guides who are only too happy to teach you about the animals and their behavior as you watch them in their natural habitat. (Safari on foot is superb as it gives you a chance to stop and see details that you would perhaps miss whilst driving.)
The food here is both simple and familiar, a lovely mix of fresh salads, meat dishes, rice, pasta and desserts. Cooked breakfast is available every morning, lunch is often in the company of passing elephants whilst dinner is usually held with all visitors to the camp under the stars. (Be sure to check your plate before each mouthful here as the insect life is abundant!) After dinner a Masaai guard will guide you back to your tent and once there you will rely on candle and torchlight as there is no electricity. There are torches in the tent but we recommend you bring your own! (There are some power points in the bar area if you need to charge camera batteries etc.)
All the staff here are very friendly and incredibly helpful, whilst eager to talk to you about your day and what you have experienced. We spent four days here and saw more than we could have hoped for, but a shorter stay would be just as rewarding.
Overall an amazing and memorable experience and we would thoroughly recommend it.
A real safari experience on Lake Manze
A great place to get close to wildlife. The boat safaris are probably the higlight of this camp and if time permits it is well worth doing one both morning and evening as the experience can be quite different. The truck safaris were good, but given time of year (Dec) when game has dispersed there were long periods of driving to locate the animals - however the scenery is great so no real hardship. We were lucky enough to see Wild Dog 3 times during our stay including on a walking safari.
The camp itself is well run and the standards very good given the logisitics of supporting a camp in this remote location. Food was at times an interesting mix of dishes but all very good. We both thoroughly enjoyed the communal aspect of dining, and it was a great opportunity to share the days adventures. We had regular appearances of a Genet Cat and a beautiful Skops Owl to entertain us at dinner.
The regular appearance of Elephant, Cape Buffalo and Hippo in the camp added to the experience, but the highlight was the 4 pairs of lions eyes 30 metres away picked out by the torch of the Masai guard one evening as we walked to dinner.
Lake Manze safari
This was our first safari and the experience lived up to our expectations. The camp is in a beautiful setting. The big attraction for us was the easy access - only a 40 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam.
All the staff were friendly and welcoming and the guides were very knowledgable.
The camp was very quiet when we were there so we were fortunate enough to have a guide exclusively for us most of the time - an added bonus.
Overall the food was good and there was plenty of it. Tea and coffee was available all day/evening which was a nice touch. Drinks were very reasonably priced.
Wonderful Safari at Lake Manze
The setting for Lake Manze Tented Camp is beautiful. The tents have all that you need for a stay in the bush. We loved the varied terrain and variety of game (large and small)
Our original guide had to leave us on the last day, for a hospital appointment, and our replacement was unfortunately not of the same standard. We did discuss this with Richard, so he is aware of it.
The boat safari with Elton was extremely interesting and rewarding because he was so enthusiastic about the birds.
All the staff were friendly and very welcoming. With Richard being a wonderful host.
The game drives were very good, with so much to see and watch. The highlight being the Wild Dogs trotting up the track in front of our vehicle and the 6 pups having a "game" with a warthog !!