Reviews of Lake Manze Adventure Camp
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!