Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Excellent(93%) From 151 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 151 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.
Dr E & Ms W - honeymoon from Oxford
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Food:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

This was a great start to our honeymoon.

The tents were lovely, the lack of electric and community dining was nice. Staff were very friendly and seemed to enjoy their jobs. Guides were knowledgeable but sometimes had to be prompted for extra information.

The only negative thing we would say is that it would have been nice to have been told about the different activities which were available to us rather than having to find out from other guests.

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Mr & Mrs R - Honeymooners from Manchester
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Good
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Rooms:
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Food:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

This could be a great little bohemian style eco lodge as the location, the staff and the guides are great. However, Richard the camp manager is a little bit sergeant major. We found him to be very unaccomoadting and condesending. He offered us no advice as to what was on offer from manze other than that we could go on a drive, a walk or a boat.

Being safari virgins it would have been nice to have been told the best time for a walk is the morning when it's quiet and cooler, a good time to go on the boat would be the evening so you can watch the sunset, and also offer the chance of fishing. None of this information was passed onto to us by Richard and was retrieved off other guests who had been offered bush breakfasts and lunches along with trips to the natural springs. I'm not saying we would have taken him up on the offer but it would have been nice to be offered the options. Because of this it wasn't the most relaxing of places and when you are paying that sort of money to stay there you want to be treated well.

The camp should also come with a serious mosquito warning and have spray and additional nets provided over the beds. Whilst I found it amazing showering under the stars and watching the wildlife go past, it's not everyone's cup of tea and you can leave yourself open to a good old stinging.

The camp is also a little bit too communal, whilst it's nice to get to know people, not so sure it's that great a suggestion for honeymooners. A few seperate tables could offer some flexibility, rather than being told where you had to sit by said sergeant major and then if you were lucky enough you got to dine next to him at the top of the table (thank god we were spared that experience). That said we did meet some interesting and nice people over dinner and had a good laugh.

I'm painting a pretty bad picture here and that does the camp an injustice. Although fairly basic the camp is in a great location with all sorts of animals wandering through and the lack of electricity and the use of storm lanterns and camp fires at night creates a speacial atmosphere and adds to its charm. Furthermore the game in this location was amazing and the best we saw on the safari.

I have graded the service as poor, not because of the bar staff and guides etc but because of the camp manager.

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Expert Africa comments

When Expert Africa contacted Lake Manze Camp about these comments they were sorry to hear that the travellers had not received the kind of service they had expected. The camps usual policy is to give guests a clear welcome briefing on arrival, which includes a description of what activities are available and an explanation of when and how they can be done. Then every evening each guest is asked what he/she would like to do the following day.

The management has conceded that the camp was full during these travellers stay and perhaps this impacted on the service. Though from other recent feedback we know this isn’t a common occurrence and we don’t expect it will happen again.

Ms S & Mr A - New York
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

What an amazing trip! We'd never been on a safari before and didn't see ourselves as "safari people" so didn't know what to expect. Everything was just perfect - we wished we had 3-4 days at Lake Manze instead of the 2.5 that we'd scheduled. I've never been so relaxed in my life, and days started early and were jam packed with activities. From the minute we stepped onto the landing strip everything was just perfect - we were greeted by our guides, helped into the truck and onto our first game drive in minutes, seeing a ton of animals including a pride of 12 lions in our first hour! When we made it to camp, Richard and his staff were outside waiting for us. Our bags were taken to our tents and we were given cold drinks and asked what we wanted to do (if anything) for the rest of the day. They do a great job of keeping you on track and making sure you see the most you can see without making you feel obligated or overscheduled. Everything's flexible - if you want a long or short drive, a boat safari or walking safari (or a nap)-- almost anything can be arranged within 3 timeslots. Our guides Emmanuel and Ally were incredible, so sweet, knowledgable and professional. They picked us up at the landing strip and were our guides throughout the entire trip, even returning us to the landing strip on the morning we departed-- what a smart idea, they know what you've seen and what you're still on the lookout for, and what your appetite is for safari. Richard was incredible as well, what great stories he has, and what a way with guests from across the globe. Elephants roamed the camp like stray dogs, the bar was always open, the shower water was hot, plentiful and in open air, we ate dinner at one huge table under the stars and guarded by Masaii warriors-- how can you complain?? My only negative comment is about the coffee - fresh brewed with bottled water would have been preferred to Africafe made with filtered water - but we support the camp making a real effort at sustainability so we'll let it pass. :)

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Mopane squirrels
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

This camp was well described by Claire [Ed: of Expert Africa!] and as expected. A lovely setting with diverse terrain and very good for game viewing. The quality of the guiding was not as good as Impala but the guides were friendly, fun to be with and did their best to please. We got on really well together. We enjoyed the communal dining but on the one night the camp was full staff struggled to cope.

Liked the fact the camp was open and enjoyed regular visits from elephants. Good value for money.

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The E family - Carlisle
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Activities:
Excellent
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

We had a particularly good and interesting guide for our safaris; food tasty but almost too much - felt guilty not being able to eat it all!

Very much a 'bush' experience, we had five hyenas around our tent at 2 a.m., and many skittish elephant around the camp (all dealt with efficiently by the Masai guards). Beautiful scenery, and so much to see.

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Mr H & Ms T - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

A great location and really felt in the bush - elephant walking through the camp regularly and even a wild dog chasing an impala into the camp first thing one morning. The location was near to a wild dog den with seven cubs and meant that we could get there early morning and actually had the chance to see all the young - a very rare sighting.

The activities were very good and varied - walking, driving to different areas and boat available. Very flexible with the opportunity for an early start to a drive and picnic breakfast in the bush. Very good spot to watch predators on the open savannah.

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The H family from Sweden
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 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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Facilities:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

Lake Manze Tented Camp is an excellent camp. The manager and the staff - guides, drivers, waiters as well as the masaai guards - are very friendly and they do their utmost to come up to your expectations.

The wildlife is close to your tent - an amazing experience - and after three days in the bush and on the lake we had seen much, much more animals than we had ever expected (no rhino but giraffes, lions, a leopard, buffalos, elephants, kudus, impalas, hippos, crocodiles, wild dogs, baboons, wildebeests, a hyena, mungos and huge amount of different birds).

An unforgettable safari.

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Mr & Mrs B - Northamptonshire
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
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Facilities:
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A good camp for a visit to Selous

We really enjoyed our time at this camp. Richard and the team looked after us very well.

We have been on several safaries in Africa but this was our first experince of being able to go out on all day game drives, which if you like wildlife are a great experience. Our guide and driver were very good and attentive and it was nice to have them on all our game drives as we got to know them well and learnt a little of their life away from the camp.

The boat safari is also well worth doing as you get close to the hippos and crocodiles and there are some great sightings of bee eaters who nest in the banks of the river. The absolute highlight was seeing wild dog and their litter of seven puppies, but there is an abundance of wildlife, especially giraffe, wilderbeast and elephant.

The camp has a great atmosphere, and the lack of electricity adds to the experience of really being in the bush.

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Mr & Mrs C - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 27-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Hippos by the score at Lake Manze

This camp is ideally situated on the banks of the lake, giving visitors a varied choice of activities. We took full advantage of this and went by boat, 4x4 and walked. The latter gave a completely new dimension to the landscape. Unfortunately water cabbage has recently encroached upon the inlet and so the lake does now appear to be further away from the tents, however this does not really have a detrimentel effect on the views.

Richard is keen for guests to enjoy their Manze experience and we got down to organising our activities as soon as we arrived. Having already spent four days at Impala, our guide Ian was a little concerned that we may have seen everything. This theory was soon dismissed. The topography round Manze is very diverse and we soon sighted jackal, large herds of wilderbeest and zebra as well as hyena. We were fortunate to watch two prides of lions, one new to the area, confront each other over their terriotory. The interlopers soon retreated!

On a full day drive we opted to go to the Beho Beho mountains, visiting Selous grave and testing the waters of the hot springs. We crossed from dry plains to tropical jungle, enjoying the changing vegitation. The bird life in this area is fantastic and we watched pied and malacite kingfishers, sea and snake eagles, catching their meals.

We all learnt so much about the flora and fauna and Ian never tired of our endless questions, appearing to thrive on our interest and enthusiasm.

Evenings were spent outside, under the stars, eating at a communal table, lit only by candles and hurricane lamps (no electricity here). Conversation never lapsed as everyone exchanged their days experiences. There was a great feeling of cameraderie, meal times being made even more exciting by the visiting elephants and civets, who came to check out the menu!

The tents are a little hot at night, particularly for those from Northern Europe, but Richard is investigating the possibility of solar powered fans! I'm sure they will be well received.

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Dr & Mr G - Bangor, Wales
Arrived on: 25-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
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Facilities:
Good
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

We loved Lake Manze Camp. We went on a game drive straight from the plane, and lived amongst wildlife from then on.

Sitting on the terrace of our tent watching 3 young elephants just 12 feet away, mucking about and barging into eachother like adolescent lads, sitting up in bed to watch a hippo or an elephant grazing right next to the tent, seeing a genet cat walk down the trunk of a tree whilst we were having a starlit dinner - all completely amazing.

Excellent game drives and lake safaris - our guide (Ian) and driver (Sallum) were great , and worked really hard to make sure we saw as much as possible, including hunting dogs, crocodiles rolling themselves over in the water to wrench flesh from a hippo carcass, and driving us miles at some speed when they heard about a lion kill. Richard, the camp manager, was a good host, very attentive and knowledgeable about Africa - people and politics as well as wildlife. We really liked the communal eating, and the relaxed opportunity to chat to people from so many different places.

The tents were great - comfortable beds, and the open-air showering brilliant, particularly when there was an elephant grazing just the other side of the canvas and you wondered if its trunk might just come over the top to sample the water. The food was good, and they did the best poached eggs on the trip!

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