Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp
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Lake Manze camp - highlight of 3 week holiday
Organisation of the camp and knowledge of the guides both excellent. Particularly appreciated opportunity to see wildlife on foot, by jeep and on the water. High ratio of guides to visitors and lack of other vehicles (at time we were there) gave a good wildlife experience.Small size of camp a bonus.
Accommodation very comfortable- exceeded expectations.
Lake Manze Adventure Camp review
Phil and Trisha were good hosts.
The standard of accommodation here was more basic than at the other camps (eg no electricity in the tent) and it was therefore a good camp to start with. Solar heating meant that morning showers - after sticky nights - were only lukewarm. Game viewing was excellent and guiding good, although better on the drives than the river. The location was helped by having the river/lake within easy distance which enabled game drives to be alternated with mainly bird watching on the water, although we also saw game, mainly elephants, along the banks.
Although the shower/loo was 'en suite', as it was open to the sky there had to be a mosquito net between the bedroom section and the shower/loo which meant a lot of zipping and unzipping when one went from one to the other, by contrast with all the tents we had at other camps.
The variety of game seen was good, the guides and drivers good and off-roading does enable you to see game which you would not otherwise see. The 'champagne' in the bush, overlooking the river on the first night was a nice touch.
This camp was everything we expected and more. We wanted remote bush atmosphere so lack of electricity and any sort of mobile phone signal and wifi throughout was great - the lodge has plenty of facility to recharge camera batteries which was all we needed.
We safaried on foot, by boat, by 4*4 and just by sitting on our veranda - all were breathtaking, but if we were to vote, the boat safari on Lake Manze was the winner - the boat guides were the best we had throughout our holiday - we could have sat and listened to them all day. Everyone is catered for as their requirements, no formula for time to go out or come back other than sunrise and sundown restrictions. The Masai escorts after dark added to the atmosphere as did the elephants munching around our tent on our last evening.
We would definitely return here.
Lake Manze Adventure Camp review
The standard of guiding and driving at Manze were outstanding, with the guides meeting our requests and requirements with 100% success rate.Read more about the whole safari
Three nights at Lake Manze
We'd been looking forward to our first African Safari and certainly weren't disappointed. We were met by Giraffes on the landing strip and the game continued to impress throughout our stay, both on boat safaris and game drives.
The tents were very comfortable and we enjoyed the experience of being part of the bush, without electricity. The constant stream of animals throughout the camp, particularly elephants, was a treat. Food was also good, lunches particularly, but didn't quite match the standard at Mdonya Old River camp where we went next.
We could always do the activities we chose when we wanted (walking safaris, boat safaris, fishing, game drives), although we kept swopping guides and swopping the guests we were with, which felt a little disruptive.
A special treat on our penultimate night was a private dinner on our veranda with a Masai guard.
The staff were helpful and professional throughout and made us feel very welcome.
We thoroughly recommend this camp, although it wasn't luxurious it was very comfortable and exactly what we wanted.
Truly Authentic and Amazing Camp
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights at the start of our honeymoon and we were hugely impressed. I have been on safari before and stayed at some lovely camps, but Lake Manze really is to be recommended. It has a very authentic feel and really makes you feel like you are in the bush. All the tents are on the shore of Lake Manze and the views are superb. There was a constant stream of anumals that walked past our tent, both day and night.
We had initially toyed with the idea of doing the Northern Circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro etc), but chose the South as it seemed to be more secluded, less busy and more authentic. I am so happy that we did this as we weren't disappointed.
The camp is impecably run by Pippa, the manager and she is extremely welcoming and accomodated all our requests. There are a large selection of activities on offer here, namely full day drives (including a trip to the hot springs), morning and evening drives, walks, boat trips and fishing. There is lots to do at the camp and in hindsight we should have stayed 5 nights and not moved on to Mdonya Old River Camp, in Ruaha), which was slightly disppointing. Pippa was very informative about all these activities and explained each one in detail to us. She would talk to all guests before dinner to arrange the activities for the next day. I loved that fact that she always tried to make sure that each party was on their own for an activity at least one during their stay. This really showed that some thought had been put into this.
In terms of wildlife, the Reserve is absolutely teaming with animals and birds - I don't think 5 mins passed without us seeing something - even if it was only an impala! The only time we didn't see many animals was on the way to the hot springs, but we had already been pre-warned about this by Pippa so it wasn't an issue. We had some amazing experiences with lions, elephants and baby hyenas. Our guides and drivers were fantastic and hugely knowledgeable about everything. The only animal that we didn't manage to see was the elusive leopard, but hat wasn't through lack of trying on the part of our guides!
The food was good and very wholesome - the type of food you may cook yourself. There's always lots available and you never go hungry.
All in all, this isn't a luxurious camp, but what in lacks in luxury it makes up (and more) in hospitality! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this camp to anyone looking for somewhere to stay during their safari!
We had a delightful guide, Emmanual, who was extremely knowledgeable and interesting so our game drives were excellent.
The location of the camp is excellent permitting game viewing from the tent and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing hippo, buffalo and elephant on the lake shore.
Our baggage was lost by the airline and did not arrive until after we had left Lake Manze but the staff were extremely helpful in lending us clothes and chasing the airline to forward our baggage.
A wonderful time at Lake Manze Adventure Camp
All the more special for its lack of carpets and air conditioning: showering under the stars and lighted by oil lamps we felt we were sharing a well kept secret. If you want sophisticated luxury then don't come here, but if you want good comfortable facilities in a distinctive camp that suits its environment, then do.
The game was plentiful; much of it walking through the camp on a regular basis. Whilst sipping a cool beer I saw impala, elephants, monkeys, baboons and hippos from my tent's veranda. The staff were always friendly with wide, warm smiles, and the general good humour about the place made one feel genuinely welcomed. Our guide was an expert and charming. We loved the game drives, much of them off road. The trip to the hot springs was particularly scenic, and breakfast and lunch out in the wilds very special. We also enjoyed the boat trip, and wished we had stayed another day to do it again.
Lake Manze Adventure Camp review
The Guide, driver, and boat operator at this camp were all excellent in accommodating our viewing and photography needs. The guide Emmanuel was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Our one problem here concerned the extreme heat that we experienced. Perhaps it was hotter than the norm for the time of year, or we of northern climes were having trouble adapting. This caused us to feel quite ill on the second day. Thankfully Pippa attended to us with concern and gave us advice and rehydration salts. Both she and Trish were very helpful, overall.
It might have been helpful had we known ahead of time that this area can get extremely hot and humid.
Wonderful stay at Lake Manze
Great welcome from the team. Very comfortable tents. Food excellent eaten under the stars where possible.
Our driver and guide were first class. Found us wonderful game to view.
Really enjoyed our stay.