Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Excellent(93%) From 160 travellers
Excellent
108
Good
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 160 of our travellers who have visited Lake Manze Adventure Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs V - Essex
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
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Average
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Rooms:
Average
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Service:
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Lake Manze camp review

Manze was a disappointment after Kwihala. The location was nothing special with next to no view despite being almost on the lakeside. The camp seemed crowded with the tents too close together and without much privacy. The furnishings were flimsy and the provision of candles for lighting seemed dangerous- most camps manage some sort of electric lighting nowadays. This indeed seemed a strange choice as they did have solar water heating. The food was OK but the camp seemed rather threadbare with dirty sand floors and rickety furniture- a chair broke under my not excessive weight! Our main gripe however was the water. This we were told was filtered and boiled water from the lake and was 'perfectly drinkable'. It may well have been safe but it tasted like pondwater and was simply foul and as they made tea and coffee from it they too were undrinkable. The alternative was to buy bottled water.
The game was actually excellent and the guides did make some effort to find things we were interested in but we got the impression that they were pretty disinterested and they lacked much more than minimal knowledge of the basics. They belonged to the 'find a lion at all costs' type of guides. We spent ages on one drive gathered round part of a dead impala up a tree with 8 other vehicles in attendance and then 'bundi bashed' the locality looking for the leopard that had evidently long since gone and was never coming back.
Given the large number of first timers at this camp we got the impression that it was actually directed at that group of 'first-timers' that combine a few days safari with a beach trip to Zanzibar and to be fair many of them thought the camp was fine although we suspected that it was because they did not know better.
We got the impression that it was not an altogether happy ship

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Steve H from Leeds
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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time of a lifetime at Lake Manze tented camp

Altogether a wonderful experience made even more special by the friendliness and attentiveness of staff and the bespoke approach to activities

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Mr & Mrs Y from Angus
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

A wonderful start to our safari adventure, the tents were great and we throughly enjoyed the hurricane lamps and no electricity.

Brilliant sightings of lion, leopard and elephants, our guide and driver were such fun but also very knowledgable and answered all our questions as if it was the first time they had been asked them. Loved the bush breakfasts and the trips on the lake gave another dimension to bush life.

The early morning walk was fascinating, and we learnt a huge amount. We really enjoyed the visits of Rifiki, the camp elephant, especially to the palms next to our tent, and to the bar area just before lunch, everyone rushing for their cameras! Sarah the assistant manager (Richard was away) was absolutely excellent, always smiling and really ensuring that everyone was happy and enjoying all the facilities to the full.

5*** plus We would go back tomorrow!

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Mr. J - Surrey
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Lake Manze Tented Camp review

Facilities were very good, food again very good, the idea of having the evening meal all together outside under the stars, with the opportunity of seeing the night roaming animals under the spot light meant the the safari was an on going experience.

The only slight negative was by the 3 day the taste of the water had lost it charm & I switched back to the fresh bottled water.

They are still in the early days of the fishing experience & I have agreed with Richard to send him out some fishing lures.

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Mr & Mrs N - Waterlooville
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

A fantastic location by the lake, an almost total contrast to Mdonya.

We loved our stay here and the variety of activities on offer was excellent. Our guide, Nukumah, and driver, Ally, were tremendous - great company and so anxious to find any animals we were keen to see. The organisation of the camp was excellent and we have absolutely no complaints, but, for us, the atmosphere was somewhat more organised and timekeeping seemed more important.

There wasn't the same flexibility we had enjoyed previously. Having said this, we had fantastic game viewings and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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Mr and Mrs P - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Lake Manze

Food was very good (particularly the lunches)

The seating allocation at dinners was over regimented - they seemed determined to keep Italians and British apart - a better way would have been to have 2 separate tables rather than one large one.

The last day was spoilt by being told at dinner the night before that our tents would be required for guests arriving during our morning game drive. As it was then too dark to pack, the decision was made to leave later for that drive and continue on to Selous safari camp taking a bush lunch when that could have been decided days earlier and we could have had a proper lunch at Selous safari camp.

Mosquitos were present in tents and dining area which caught us unawares because our previous camp (Mdonya) had none
Adam (our guide) was disappointing with limited bird knowledge and he did not know the area well having only been there a short time

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Dr H and family - London
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
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Service:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

Lake Manze's setting is delightful, sensitively blending in with the beautiful Selous bush and the lake in the foreground. The tents are very comfortable and all the facilities (showers, loos etc) work well. The communal area allows people to mix but also to remain in their separate parties if they wish. The food was excellent, freshly prepared and very tasty.

Lake Manze's staff were all friendly, welcoming and gracious. Our driver was a great character, who got on very well with everybody in the group, aged from 16-53, and worked hard, with his guide colleagues, to ensure that we saw the full range of game - hinting dogs, leopards, lions etc,. We had two guides for walking and driving safaris, both were excellent, providing detailed information and answering all of our questions. Our second guide was outstanding with excellent English and detailed knowledge of game and birds, despite being the youngest guide at the camp.

Our boat safaris and fishing trips were equally enjoyable, with plenty of opportunities to view the spectacular birds, hippos, crocodiles and other game and good advice on fishing - we caught two catfish of 8 and 10 kg respectively. All three managers were excellent and the trip went smoothly from beginning to end.

Our day trip to the hot springs was particularly enjoyable but the biggest surprise was the spectacular bird life.

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Ms C and Ms B - London
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

We loved Lake Manze Camp.

The guiding and driving was superb: the food excellent: information and conversation with the camp's management very good.

Altogether a wonderful experience

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Miss J - Reunion
Arrived on: 3-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Good safari at Lake Manze tented camp

Good camp to stay .

The tents are clean and comfortable. The food is good as well. The manager and his assistant do their best to make guests happy.

I really enjoyed the boat trip in the channels.

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Mr & Mrs M & family - Suffolk
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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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.

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