Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp
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Lake Manze Camp: Great location & guides
Our favourite camp of the three safari camps we stayed at in Selous & Ruaha.
The accommodation was just as we expected - simple but comfortable and surrounded by wildlife.
The food was good & plentiful and we liked being able to serve ourselves for some of the dishes.
Despite not being in Selous at the best time of year for mammals because of the lush vegetation after the rains we saw a lot - leopard, wild dog, hyena and many lion. The bird life was very good at this time of year and having the carmine bee-eaters flying with the vehicle was a very special experience.
Our guides (Emanuel and Bakari) were excellent and our driver (Zahor) was exceptional. Zahor is probably the best driver we have had anywhere in the world - not only was he skilled in manouevering the vehicle on very challenging terrain (after a lot of rain in the days prior to our arrival) but he was very conscious of his passengers safety as well as the position of the sun for photographs.
The camp managers Phil, Tricia & Micol were really helpful and worked hard to ensure all the guests could do the activities they wanted during their stay - with a full camp this can be very challenging.
Lake Manze really was an adventure
Lake Manze was a lovely place to stay, very relaxing with a great variety of things to do. The tents are fitted out well and nicely situated, it’s certainly spine tingling to lie in bed and hear the unearthly sounds of hyenas calling just outside the tent. The game drives were really enjoyable. Great game viewing, particularly in view of the unseasonal rains. All the staff were really helpful and couldn’t do enough to ensure things went smoothly. In particular our guide, Emanuel, and driver, Bacari, did everything they could to ensure that we covered as much ground as possible with great good humour. We spent a really enjoyable 4 nights there and hope to return to try and catch the elusive wild dogs.Read more about the whole safari
An amazing experience!
As a family with 10 and 12 year old children - our stay at Lake Manzi exceeded all expectations. The guiding was exceptional and very friendly - and we all became mesmerised by all that we saw - Any concern that I might have had that the kids might get bored was lost and after 4 days they wanted to stay longer!
The camp was incredibly comfortable - and the open lounge/eating area was a wonderful place to hang out and watch elephants, baboons and all manner of other wildlife wander and meander by. As a vegetarian family we were looked after really well - the food was superb and plenty of it - and the communal eating style enabled all of us to exchange stories of what we saw with other guests.
Lake Manze Adventure Camp review
Tricia and Phil are excellent managers and the camp is run smoothly and effciently. Guides are very competent, friendly and smiling. Small investment in renovating the tents (zips malfunction or shower clearly rusting for ex) would make it perfect.Read more about the whole safari
Great Safari at Lake Manze
We enjoyed every aspect of our stay at Lake Manze.
The manager (Phil) greeted us on arrival at the camp, and gave a good introduction to the camp and explaining how everything works, activity options, etc.
The tents were well equipped, very comfortable, and good views over the plain/lake. A good quality torch/flashlight was provided in each tent, as well as bug spray and bug repellent (so no real need to bring your own from home!).
Meals were fine - considering the locations and basic facilities, the meals were good. We stayed at Ruaha (Mdonya Old River) as well, and thought the food there was even better than Lake Manze (more variety, and more veg); but having said that we have no complaints about the Lake Manze food.
Staff were very friendly.
Really enjoyed the variety of activities - did both a morning and evening boat ride (excellent), as well as morning and evening game drives. Decided not to do the all-day drive - felt it would be too long and hot.
The drivers and guides were fine - we didn't have the same driver or guide for all drives, so didn't get as much of a rapport with any of them as some guests. Comparing the drivers we had, we felt Zahora was the best in terms of ability/confidence of driving; and we never felt he was trying to impress/get a tip as you sometimes felt from others.
One of our guides appeared a bit disengaged at times, but we mentioned that in a note we left with Phil when we left.
We also appreciated the relaxed atmosphere. Each evening all the guests would gather in the lobby area for drinks/snacks and the managers would confirm what our plans were for the next day. They were very accomodating and allowing for leaving at various times for drives etc - making the most of our time there. Both managers were very friendly. We loved the view from our tent and lobby - amazing that animals were frequently wandering nearby. The Masai 'guards' were always around to escort you back to your tent when needed just in case there were elephants or other animals near.
Appreciated that in Phil's (manager) introduction he mentioned that tips are not required.
One of the things we appreciated about game drives in Selous is that you can drive off the main roads - in fact you can drive anywhere - so can look for and follow animals a lot easier than you can in the National Parks.
Lake Manze Adventure Camp review
Very attractive camp and well run by a couple - Phil and Tricia. Food was good considering the location.
Game drives hard work as the land was so dry many of the animals had moved away. River and lake trips were excellent for birds.
Water activities a highlight.
We found the lake and channel trips at Manze a real highlight. For anyone wanting to look at waterbirds, they are exceptional. The sunset trip on the lake is as beautiful as anything you will ever see.
Game is generally harder to find than in many other parks, though the elephant come to you at the camp. The excellent guides and drivers work very hard to find the animals and we did see a good variety thanks to them.
Amazing experience at Lake Manze camp
The camp far outweighed our expectations. Our tent (number 7) was gorgeous, very secluded and comfortable and how exciting to see Impala, monkeys, and elephants strolling past and hear the hippos in the night.
Waiting staff were very friendly and attentive and the food was lovely (I needed vegetarian food and this was never seen as a problem). The hosts, Trisha and Phil were also friendly and we really liked the way they came around every evening to see how our day had been and discuss the options for the next day.
Our guide (Emmanuel) was excellent - so friendly, approachable and knowledgeable and the experience of seeing all of those animals around us is unforgettable. You have the choice of walking, boat and driving safaris and everything is very organised.
We wished we could have stayed longer and I would recommend this camp to anyone.
Amazing Safari at Lake Manze Camp
We had an amazing & unforgettable time at Lake Manze Camp. From the moment that we landed at the Selous Airstrip, we were completely emersed in our Safari adventure.
Staying at Lake Manze camp offered a unique experience which accomodated all of our needs and exceeded any of our preconceived expectations.
We wanted an informal, back to basics camp which was situated in the heart of the reserve and this was what we got. The staff were friendly, the food was excellent, and the tent facilities were not bad either. Having never been camping before, this felt more like "glamping" and we would definitely recommend others to stay here.
A special mention should be made to Phil and Trish for suprising us on our second night with a 'private meal' in front of our tent to celebrate our honeymoon. Sharing a special dinner under candle light whilst a Massai guard was keeping watch for any 'unwanted' visitors was something that we will always remember!
A second special mention should also be made to our designated guide Emanuel and driver Daniel for their wealth of knowledge and expertise of the area & of the animals. These guys made all our game drive activities lots of fun!
Lake Manze Adventure Camp review
This was our first ever safari and we felt that we definitely made the right choice in opting for Lake Manze Camp. The location is perfect, on the edge of the lake and right in amongst the wildlife. We had a wonderful time here and were extremely impressed by the professional yet informal way in which the camp was run. We felt very welcome and all of the staff were cheerful and helpful.
Our guide and driver were a lot of fun and extremely knowledgeable. The game drives were amazing: we saw a fantastic variety of animals and loved sitting and watching them. Most of the time, we were the only two guests in our Land Rover and that meant we could go at our own pace and just see whatever was around.
We went on two boat safaris and a walking safari too. Both are to be recommended for gaining a different perspective and learning a huge amount more about the birds and animals and their local environment.
We saw lots of animals in the camp, including a memorable visit from a herd of elephants one morning.
Food was very good, plentiful and varied. The camp had no problems in providing vegetarian options for one of us (as requested when we made our booking). We enjoyed the bush breakfasts, and our evening meals under the canopy of stars, with the sound of animals all around, were great.
We felt in safe hands at all times and the Maasai were always on hand to guide us to and from our tent.
The tent was well-equipped and comfortable. We certainly didn’t need anything more for our stay and we enjoyed the fact that there was no electricity in the tent. We took headtorches with us and that made finding our way to the bathroom much easier. It was great to be so close to nature. We really felt that we were in the middle of it all. We heard lots of hippos close by at night. Sitting outside our tent in the daytime, we were able to watch monkeys, giraffes, impalas and lots of beautiful birds. We wondered whether we would suffer insect bites, with the camp being so close to the lake, but that turned out not to be an issue for us.
The laundry service was fast and efficient.
We were delighted with our stay and were sad to leave. Our abiding memory will be of the enormous variety of wildlife we saw.