Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp
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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.
Lake Manze feedback
Our entire stay at Lake Manze was wonderful. The accommodation was very good, the staff and fellow visitors very helpful and nice, and we saw a lot of game including very interesting animal behaviour.
We had a very good guide and driver during the stay who tried hard to find the various animals over the 4 game drives we took. The added bonus is the lake. We did 2 boat trips (one in the lake and one up the river channel) as well as a fishing trip where we caught 5 catfish (and later ate them). We also went on a walk and looked at spoor, dung, trees etc.
The managers Phil and Tricia were very helpful and took a lot of trouble in planning each evening everyone's individual programme for the following day.
The only minor disappointment was the lack of elephants but this may have been due to the time of year. We only saw a few by the lake. However, we saw a lot of lions and other mammals (including my first ever side-striped jackal) and lots of interesting birds. The lake and channels are teeming with water birds.
Lake Manze Adventure Camp review
An efficient we'll run camp with super attentive managers and staff.
We were given a lot of help when our luggage was lost in transit and the camp managers did all they could to organise it being forwarded to the camp.
The guides and drivers were very knowledgeable and took great care to ensure our holiday was unforgettable.
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.