Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Excellent(93%) From 143 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 143 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.
Mrs H & Mr S - Monkswood
Arrived on: 10-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

We had a superb time at Lake Manze camp and it was a great place to begin our holiday in the Selous. Our experience begin before even reaching the camp with giraffes on the airstrip! We had a fantastic guide in Giovanni and it certainly helped having a separate driver as we saw the most game here out of the three camps we stayed in. The highlight was seeing a lioness feeding her two tiny cubs.

The facilities at the camp were excellent and the tents very comfortable. We loved having the toilet and shower open to the skies and the lack of electricity gave a wonderful atmosphere at night. Hearing elephants right outside the tent was a fabulous experience as was their company at breakfast!

The food and service was first-rate and the waiters loved our ten-year old. Travelling as a family of five, the only draw-back was the communal dining at lunch and especially at evening when it was a race to sit together.

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Mr J & Miss M from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

An excellent camp, relaxed but thoroughly professional. the ability to discuss and select your own programme for the next day with the manager during the pre dinner drinks added a personal touch that enhanced the experience.

The experience of having elephants wandering through the camp and around the tents at night was amazing. Also the quantity and variety of game life we saw was way above expectations - whether this was the time of year or sheer luck doesn't matter, it was excellent.

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Mr and Mrs P from Hampshire
Arrived on: 6-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

having highlighted the problems (mdonya ) with the manager at this camp we were accomodated with our own land rover
the camp was well positioned & had an abundance of very well conditioned animals with lions prolific - six different sightings with over 70 lions seen.
again no leopard or wild dogs were sighted & cheetah are not seen in Selous. the guide & driver could not be faulted for knowledge & effort
they were very accomodating with full day full on safari
the boat on the lake was also excellent with numerous hippos/crocodile & wading birds

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Mr & Mrs D and family - France
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

great atmosphere, love the overall camp, with the elephants around the tents! Like the idea of sharing tables for meals.

Only regret: we had a trainee guide for all our drive safaris, and, having been on safari before, he did not bring much new with his comments. It was more a "chat with him" than real information or anecdotes about the animals...

the drive boat was great, in a quite small boat near quite big animals!

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Mr S & Miss P - honeymooners - Bath
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

This was a great introduction to what it means to be on safari. Straight from the plane we went onto a game drive with a really experienced and friendly guide (Victor) and brilliant driver (Salom). Then back for lunch which, like all of the meals, was fantastic with real quality.

Our tent was great too - more of a rustic experience with no electricity but just what we wanted as we wanted to feel like we were on an adventure. There is power available in the bar too so you can charge phones, cameras, etc.

It was an extremely relaxing experience with the day built around what we wanted to do and a variety of activities on offer. Being near the lake the option of a boat safari is excellent with even more animals to see.

To top it all off we were visited daily by elephants right outside our tent which was an experience we will never forget. To be so close to them was amazing.

Finally, it was a great touch for the staff to organise a romantic meal for two outside our tent on our last night. We would heartily recommend Lake Manze Camp to anyone considering a safari.

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The A Family from East Sussex
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

We had a wonderful time here and were very well looked after.

We loved the 50s style tents, basic but charming and comfortable and the simplicity of the camp coupled with excellent and thoughtful service made for a very memorable stay.

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Mrs W and friends - Hereford
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

Guides not quite as good as Impala i thought. Similar terrain so maybe would have been better to go further afield but did do the day trip to Behp Beho which was good

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Mr M & Mrs L from Cheshire
Arrived on: 22-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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It was the real Africa, a pleasant suprise!

I couldn't believe how close we were to the animals and how much we saw so quickly.......the staff in the camp and the guides were friendly, knowledgable and courteous .........always smiling and pleasant.

The food and accommodation were great, and was pleasantly suprised by Sarah......the girl that runs the camp is Italian!
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone, I had no tummy upset and no insect bites either....
Great result!

Being on the edge of the lake was great as all the animals travelled passed us day and night!

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Mr & Mrs L - London
Arrived on: 30-Jan-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manze Tented Camp review

Marvellous wildlife, and plenty of it in camp!

Our guide Emmauel and driver Bacari were good company and were very keen to find the animals for us , and also gave good info on birdlife and flora. We saw very few other vehicles. A lovely welcome in the camp from Sara and her staff, and we especially liked the tented bar/dining area. We enjoyed the river and lake trips, seeing lots of hippos and crocs. Plenty of good food, just a little heavy sometimes.

Tents were comfortable,spotless and bug free! The actual location of the camp was great, the only minus being a deeply rutted track in some places which made access quite uncomfortable.

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Mr and Mrs O - Somerset
Arrived on: 9-Jan-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lake Manze - Ouch!

Lake Manze earns a Good because of the high quality and quantity of sightings in such a short time. Liz warned us that the camp was not our 'usual choice' but the lack of light and fans in the tents during a period of unseasonal heat and humidity proved extremely uncomfortable and in no way 'romantic' as described by a male Australian fellow guest!

The food was average and the random, management directed seating at main meals served only to separate us from other guests we might have chosen to sit with if left to our own devices. We knew drinks were extra but bottled water was also charged for when the alternative of 'filtered and boiled' lake water was barely drinkable. It was also irritating, when faced with a difficult tipping situation of 3 'guide, driver, boatman' recipients over 2 airstrip runs, one drive and 2 boat trips, to be told by the guide that I 'should have read the instructions in the room' and tipped him directly rather than my solution of a single tip in the box for the manager to share fairly. Poor judgement by us not to take Expert Africa advice.

We did not enjoy our stay. As has been reported by a number of other Expert Africa clients, this camp seems designed to serve the 1 or 2 night safari 'adventure' needs of Zanzibar holidaymakers.

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Expert Africa comments

We’re very sorry that Lake Manze Camp wasn’t a good fit for this traveller. We passed their comments to the team at camp, who have looked into the issues.

Firstly, they are looking at putting fans into the rooms, although this is complicated by Lake Manze’s lack of electricity. Until this is resolved, this is a good point and worth noting: November - March in the Selous does get very hot and humid. If travellers are sensitive to the heat, we’d suggest that they choose a camp with powered fans in its rooms.

The dining at Manze is communal and there are often different nationalities at the camp. The managers try to guide guests to sit next to others who understand the same language – and guests often find this useful. However, perhaps this sometimes appears slightly forced and they have resolved to try to direct guests more discreetly in the future. We’d always comment that if guests ever have a preference of who they sit with, then they should always let the manager know.

Lake Manze’s filtered water is perfectly safe to drink – and bottled water is an extra cost there for environmental reasons. It takes a lot of fuel and energy to make, transport, and dispose of bottles for water. Given the remote nature of the camp, they strive to reduce the waste that they produce. That said, the Lake Manze team acknowledge that the taste of the filtered water is not to everyone’s liking, and have since made bottled water free for those who really do not like the filtered stuff.

The Lake Manze team apologized if these travellers felt frustrated by the tipping situation. However, they feel that tipping is a personal choice, and that it’s less awkward to make tipping suggestions in the room’s literature, rather than discussing it with each guest. Information on tipping is provided in each tent and they urge guests to read this. It appears there was a language issue when the guide explained the tipping situation, and they apologise for this. We’d encourage guests to ask the managers at any camp if they are unsure how tipping operates, as it differs slightly from camp to camp.