Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Excellent(93%) From 144 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 144 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.
Ms J & Ms B from Canada
Arrived on: 18-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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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.

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Family T from London
Arrived on: 23-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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The M family from Washington DC
Arrived on: 17-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Lake Manze Adventure Camp review

Manze's location is superb for wildlife. It comes to you - really astonishing. Pro safaris, water option doubles the experience. Low tech - no electric is a precious experience for a week; and a week is not too long at Manze. However, this is not a primitive camp. Food is very good, accommodations are very comfortable, and staff & mngt are very accommodating.

Although wifi is available, the need for all of that drops away with the basic tent camp, outdoor adventuring, flame lighting and good social surroundings. We had a really good time (w/ 9 yr. old daughter). Time of year makes a difference. Manze is good yr round except in heavy monsoon, but when its dry season the location on a lake makes it a wildlife magnet.

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Expert Africa comments

Please note that Lake Manze does not have WiFi available for guests to use. It appears that when these travellers were here when they were able to pick up a faint signal from some of the office equipment - but this is not a permanent fixture, and so guests should consider themselves out of touch while at Lake Manze.

The K family - USA
Arrived on: 2-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Lake Manza

We had a wonderful adventure while at the camp.

Our guide and driver were very knowledgable. The camp staff were helpful. We did see our fair share of game though we followed the guide's advice of "we shall see what we shall see." Some days were full of events and some not so much. We were able to take a day just resting at the camp. I would say that four days was the right length of time to visit.

We came a little before the big crowds, so there was plenty of staff to see to our needs. I liked staying in the tents, but did not enjoying sharing dinner with bugs. I don't suppose there is much that can be done, but I would have liked to have been better prepared.

Overall a great experience.

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Mr & Mrs K - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 16-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great start to trip at Lake Manze Adv Camp

A good rustic camp in a fantastic part of the selous (our favourite of the two areas we stayed in) A great pick up game drive from the plane and a lovely afternoon cruise with Rashid started our safari well. We enjoyed watching some elephants very close to our tent, which was clean and spacious. The staff were friendly and attentive, and the food was very good. Guides (Victor and Ali) were knowledgeable and very keen for us to enjoy our trip and the camp went out of their way to make a camp transfer become a 6 hour game drive with our own vehicle.

Also pleased that when we passed them later in the week from another camp they acknowledged us and exchanged words (with nothing to gain from doing so and with new clients onboard their vehicle). Second favourite camp of the holiday

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Dr P - Netherlands
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

Its not fair that we visited this camp after Kwihala at Ruaha. Selous is a great reserve but our heart seems to have fallen for Ruaha and hence, our comments should be considered with this in mind.

The location of the camp by the lake, where our tent had a great view of, it is very nice. The first night we were visited by elephants that they really came very close to our tent. Lake Manze is a simple camp that offers a variety of short activities, walking, boat and drive safaris. We did enjoy the rides with the boat in the lake, its rather far to venture to the Rufiji river, giving us the opportunity to enjoy bird-life, hippos, crocs and various insects. The staff and the guides are doing their best, we are thankful to Viktor and Abou for enjoyable breakfasts in the bush and by the river and Rashid for the boat rides.

There seems to be less game than Ruaha and harder to see it through the woods. Certainly the leopard watching under a bush that got annoyed circled by 7 vehicles and fled in no time at the top of a tree, 20m +, and then harassed by a male baboon was a memorable moment. Being in the 3rd jeep coming into the scene I definitely feel guilty than those in the 7th - game-watching has to become more sustainable and sensible for all!

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Mr W - Essex
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

The staff at Manze were universally helpful. The guides were extremely knowledgeable although even the general staff seemed to have a great deal of knowledge regarding the animals. Food was good considering the limited facilities available. The camp was well sited and the trips on the lake were particularly enjoyed. I was lucky enough to have a guide who had a particular interest in the bird life and he not only identified the birds but usually knew the Latin names as well.

The accommodation was excellent and the staff did well in their day to day efforts to clean and generally service the tent..

Not having electricity available was something of a novelty to those from more developed areas but ii was not a problem and facilities for recharging batteries were easily available

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Mr T - Mosborough
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Service:
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Lake Manze Adventure Camp review

Lake Manze camp is ideallly positioned for water activities and the boat trips at Lake Manze were a highlight, the channel trip with Elton in particular being very memorable. The made a welcome change to the standard game drives. On the drives the guiding quality varied from good to okay - depending on requirements you have may have different guides per drive.

The camp can seem a bit busy not just a result of its size but also because it seems to be popular for late bookings from Dar of one and two nights. Due to the flexibilty of activities it also means you aren't always with the same guide or guests. Together with the 'guest turnover' this can make the camp can seem less intimate than smaller camps.

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Mr K-W from Spain
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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a totally satisfying stay at Lake Manze camp

There were a number of aspects that made this such a fine time:-

- its overall situation in the Lake Manze environment as a wildlife habitat.
- the fine setting of the camp by the water like that.
- occupying tent no. 1 at the end of the line that became part of the intimate experience of game we had in camp, day and night.
- the staffs gentleness and good humour that made spontaneous interaction and conversation an easy and unforgettable part of the experience, and, in the case of the guides and drivers, this includes their knowlegeableness and care for the animals. I would thank each and every person we had contact with in this respect, not just in general but in some particular way too. (this point was probably the defining point of the safari, the cream topping an already fine experience, as far as I was concerned.)

My only discomfort was the evening banquet table.
I would have felt happier in the dining area.
Still dining with others, the meal would have been quieter for me, therefore more in keeping with the overall experience.
I would have more easily escaped afterwards to sit in the tent porch and listen to the night sounds of Africa before turning in.
This is a very personal comment, not a criticism, because I think that socialising at the banquet table was a helpful way of signing out after the other-world experiences of the day for many people.

My grading of the experience below is totally subjective, simply meaning that in each case I was totally content with things as they were in those circumstances, not wishing anything to have been otherwise.

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Mr & Mrs S from Reading
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
Good
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

Best guide and game viewing of the 3 camps.

Excellent vehicles and boats, but other camps do have a swimming pool!

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