Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp

Excellent(93%) From 185 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 185 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 G. from London
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A great start to our safari experience

We had a fantastic time at Lake Manze Adventure Camp from the moment we touched down on the local airstrip. On our drive to the camp we saw so much wildlife we didn't think there would be much left to see over the rest of our trip! The camp itself was great with tasty food and staff who would do everything they could to make the stay a special one. The tents are spaced well apart with great views of the lake - watching the elephants walking past first thing in the morning was a pretty special sight to wake up to.

We particularly enjoyed the boat safari and couldn't fault the enthusiasm of our guide on our game drives or the experience of our driver. There were a couple of occasions where we felt there were too many cars in one place (albeit nothing like what we have been told is the case in the Northern parks) but overall the ability to drive for 1-2 hours without seeing any other vehicles was pretty special.

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Ms I. from Oakland
Arrived on: 3-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Amazing location with great people

Respect for the environment and high quality of the guides were the highlights of this place, along with its unbeatable location by Lake Manze. It was amazing to hear the hippos troop by our tent at 3 in the morning on their way to the lake each day!

The room was much more comfortable than we expected - lovely and surprisingly luxurious. Food was very good, staff were great, and we were lucky enough to meet Malcolm Ryen which was a great treat - his knowledge of the region and his understanding of the environmental challenges was outstanding, and having dinner with him was an experience we will be talking about for some time.

We are making a donation to PAMS as a result of our conversation.

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MRs W from Surrey
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lake Manze is a smart efficiently run camp

Lake Manze adventure Camp is a smart well run safari camp which endeavours to provide the best safari experience tailored to each group of guests.

The staff were, without exception, well trained and keen to help. The tent, made up for 3 people in our group was well serviced with lamps, candles, mosquito repellent and other necessities.

Each evening, the activities were chosen from a good selection of options. We took part in boat, walking and land rover safaris as well as a fishing trip. The majority of activities were included in the price of the camp reservation.

The guides and drivers were all keen to facilitate the best experience for us.

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Ms J. from Chester
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Lake Manze Camp

Amazing place. Staff were accommodating and the guides were experienced naturalists with a passion for wildlife. Food was delicious and tents were extremely clean and spacious.

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Mr & Mrs S - East Sussex
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Lovely friendly camp

We are only rating this as good simply because it is a very tired camp that desperately needs some money invested in it. Sadly the tents are extremely well worn and need replacing.

All that said, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The resident managers were on a well earned holiday and it was being managed by Malcolm, who in the nicest possible way was a well liked crazy Italian and we had some extremely entertaining conversations during the evening meal.

All meals are taken together on one table and the food was served to you. Although the food was edible it was uninspiring compared to other camps. Each evening Malcolm asked what we wanted to do the following day and you ordered early morning wake up call with coffee brought to your tent, however on 2 mornings this was forgotten.

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry to hear that these travellers found the safari tents at Lake Manze to be in a poor condition. We have since spoken to the camp about these issues and they have told us that a number of the tents are due for refurbishment and replacement and eight of the twelve tents have already been attended to. Unfortunately tent no. 3 where these guests stayed is one of the last to require attention. The camp regrets that these guests did not receive their early morning tea or coffee on two occasions, and the system is being revised to make sure this does not happen again. We will monitor the situation over the coming months and keep up to date with any developments.

Mrs M. from Muri
Arrived on: 29-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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very much like we had imagined

beautiful camp site, at the moment without lake/waterhole. The animals, lions and elefants included, sometimes crossed the camp. interesting safaris with lots of sightings, very informative guide. Nice tents and exellent food.

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Mr & Mrs H. from London
Arrived on: 2-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Simply perfect!

Location and accommodation gave us the feeling of really being in the wild without compromising too much on comfort.

Hosts are knowledgeable and seem to really take an interest in their guests and care about giving them a great experience. The hosted dinners were always good fun.

Our guide and our driver were awesome as well - went out of their way to make sure we got to see what we came to see and experience. We had our own guide/driver team for almost the entire stay.

Highly recommended!

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Mrs H. from Bristol
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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So Much To See and Do

We stayed here for 4 nights following on from a 4 night stay at Mdonya Old River Camp. I have to say we loved both places. In many ways the camps are quite similar but the scenery and game viewing are very different.

Our tent here was very similar to that at Mdonya, comfortable without being luxury. The food was also straightforward and very good - we particularly enjoyed the bush breakfasts and lunches. In the evening it was fun to eat together with the other guests and Millie and Shaun, the managers, at one large table under the stars.

At Lake Manze you can do game drives, boat safaris and walking safaris. Each evening Shaun comes round to ask what you want to do the following day and then works out the logistics of making sure everyone is happy. During our stay we shared most of our activities with another couple who we got on very well with.

We really enjoyed our boat safaris with Abdullah. This guy clearly loves being on the water and was keen to make sure we saw everything. He was very good at pointing out the birds and giving us information about them. We also saw several monitor lizards digging up crocodile eggs and eating them, as well as loads of hippos, some terrapins and various other mammals who came to the water to drink..

Our game drives with Ally and Elie were also great fun. Ally was an experienced driver and Elie was a young but very knowledgeable guide. The were both enthusiastic about showing us all types of wildlife from small owlets and bats to lions and crocodiles eating their kills. They were also good company and fun to be with. By the time we left they were also our friends.

Shaun and Millie do a good job running the camp and are always around to make sure everything is going smoothly. They were also very responsive to any requests we made and were keen to make sure everyone had a good time.

All in all we had a great stay here,

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Ms M. from the USA
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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My favorite view at Lake Manze

Of the three camps I stayed at, Lake Manze had the best view right from the camp, with a stream of elephants sauntering by our dinner table the first night. This was the one place where I decided to take an afternoon off from game drives, and just sit and watch.

The hosts, Shawn and Milly, were warm and friendly and enthusiastic about life in the bush, and always there to see us off on a game drive, or greet us upon return. The food was excellent and they were very good about catering to the vegetarian while I was in camp.

I would have the same advice for Expert Africa here as for Mdonya - give a clearer idea about the tipping as the guide, the driver and the general staff each expect $10 per day. Also, in each camp, I was directed to a small store and encouraged to by local handicrafts. I would have not had a problem doing this, had I not been squeezed for cash. Thanks!

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Expert Africa comments

Tipping is a tricky subject. Our travellers come from a variety of different countries, and so have a variety of different tipping cultures in their home locations; plus each safari camp has different advice and different tipping practices. So for us to give out universally good and specific advice on anyone's trip is a challenge.

We've started to address this need for advice with a new Tipping in Tanzania page. We want to revise this over time to improve it; if any of this site's readers have constructive suggestions or thoughts, as to how we can modify this further to improve it, please let us know.

Mr J. from Coventry
Arrived on: 19-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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2nd visit, enjoyed as much as 1st one.

Wonderfull tented camp with wildlife regularly walking through camp.

The management team of Shaun & Milly great hosta and fun to share the evening meal with Staff very freindly and guides extremely knowledgeable, not just about the animals but about the birds aswell. This time we went during the dry season and saw about the same amount of game as during the wet season although everywhere looked nicer during the rainy season.

Main highlights were finding a juvenile leopard then her mother and of course, seeing the pack of wild dogs, also the lioness with her 4 new born cubs and a freshly killed Wildebeeste.

All in all, a camp we would highly reccommend.

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